The Isle of Jura

Afloat in the Atlantic, a few hundred meters from the island of Islay, the Isle of Jura remains remote and remarkable Scottish escape. 

The rolling hills of Jura. © Adam McCauley / 2017

The rolling hills of Jura. © Adam McCauley / 2017

Jura is only accessible by ferry--a short 10-minute ride from Port Askaig on the northeastern shore of the Isle of Islay

 
Passengers on the Caledonian MacBrayne ferry to Port Askaig, with the Isle of Jura in the background. © Adam McCauley | 2017

Passengers on the Caledonian MacBrayne ferry to Port Askaig, with the Isle of Jura in the background. © Adam McCauley | 2017

 
Jura, which is twice the size of the island of Manhattan, has one road. © Adam McCauley | 2017

Jura, which is twice the size of the island of Manhattan, has one road. © Adam McCauley | 2017

 

Clouds flow over the hills and into the low-lying valleys of Jura. © Adam McCauley | 2017

 
The population of Jura reached as high of 300 people in the 18th century. Today, Jura is home to 180 people—and 5,000 sheep. © Adam McCauley | 2017

The population of Jura reached as high of 300 people in the 18th century. Today, Jura is home to 180 people—and 5,000 sheep. © Adam McCauley | 2017

 
As you travel north on Jura, the road wraps around the coastline, climbing in elevation over small coastal settlements like this one—the village of Tarbert. © Adam McCauley | 2017

As you travel north on Jura, the road wraps around the coastline, climbing in elevation over small coastal settlements like this one—the village of Tarbert. © Adam McCauley | 2017

 
The northern expanse of Jura is largely uninhabited -- and cut off from public traffic. One property, Barnhill, lives on in collective memory as one-time home to a man named Eric Blair whose nom de literature was George Orwell. On this ground, Orwell completed his famous novel  1984.  © Adam McCauley | 2017

The northern expanse of Jura is largely uninhabited -- and cut off from public traffic. One property, Barnhill, lives on in collective memory as one-time home to a man named Eric Blair whose nom de literature was George Orwell. On this ground, Orwell completed his famous novel 1984. © Adam McCauley | 2017

 
The escape from Jura took me down through Glencoe where the A82 cuts through the spectacular hills, known as the Three Sisters. One of these sisters features Bidean nam Bian, the highest point in what was once Argyll county. © Adam McCauley | 2017

The escape from Jura took me down through Glencoe where the A82 cuts through the spectacular hills, known as the Three Sisters. One of these sisters features Bidean nam Bian, the highest point in what was once Argyll county. © Adam McCauley | 2017

 
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