Islands are magical places, each one having its own unique appeal. Whether it’s the adventure of getting there, or that land and sea seem intermingled, it is hard to pinpoint exactly what it is, but Jura is no exception to this rule. Lying just off the Knapdale peninsula on the Argyll mainland Jura is tucked in between Scarba Colonsay Islay and Gigha, and with it’s towering ‘Paps’ dominates the land and seascape for miles around. Nestling in the Gulf Stream these islands enjoy a milder climate than the mainland and this creates a favorable environment for the vast array of wild flowers and fauna that thrive here. Although in land area roughly the same size as Islay, Jura’s population is tiny at just over 200 (in comparison to Islay’s at just over 3000) – easy to see why it is commonly described as one of Scotland’s true wildernesses. It’s rugged beauty, abundant wildlife, and it’s comparative lack of people add to the magic and mystery – no wonder George Orwell was inspired to write his epic ‘1984’ here.