Jura, Scotland

Coordinates: 56°00′N 5°54′W / 56°N 5.9°W / 56; -5.9
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Gaelic nameaudio speaker iconDiùra 
Norse nameDýr-ey/Hjǫrt-ey
Meaning of nameOld Norse for 'deer island'
Jura is located in Scotland
Jura shown within Scotland
OS grid reference25
Coordinates56°00′N 5°54′W / 56°N 5.9°W / 56; -5.9
Physical geography
Island groupIslay
Area366.92 km2 (142 sq mi)
Area rank8 [1]
Highest elevationBeinn an Òir 785 m (2,575 ft)
Sovereign stateUnited Kingdom
Council areaArgyll and Bute
Population rank31 [1]
Population density0.5 people/km2[2][3]
Largest settlementCraighouse
Referencessee text

Jura [4] is an island in the Inner Hebrides of Scotland, just north-east of Islay. Compared with its fertile and more populous neighbour, Jura is mountainous, bare and infertile. It is covered largely by vast areas of blanket bog, hence its small population.[3][5] In a list of the islands of Scotland ranked by size, Jura comes eighth, whereas ranked by population it comes thirty-first. It is in the council area of Argyll and Bute.

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  1. 1.0 1.1 Area and population ranks: there are c. 300 islands over 20 ha in extent and 93 permanently inhabited islands were listed in the 2011 census.
  2. 2.0 2.1 2011 census
  3. 3.0 3.1 Haswell-Smith, Hamish 2004. The Scottish Islands. Edinburgh: Canongate, p47. ISBN 978-1-84195-454-7
  4. /ˈʊərə/ JOOR; Scottish Gaelic: Diùra [ˈtʲuːɾə]
  5. Anderson, Joseph (Ed.) (1893) Orkneyinga Saga. Translated by Jón A. Hjaltalin & Gilbert Goudie. Edinburgh. James Thin and Mercat Press (1990 reprint). ISBN 0-901824-25-9