On the Isle of Jura itself, the Paps of Jura are three peaks on the western side of the island. The largest of the three, Beinn an Oir, stands at an elevation of 785 m (2,575 ft); while the other two are Beinn Shiantaidh (755 m / 2,477 ft) and Beinn a’Chaolais (734 m / 2,408ft).
These mountains take their name from their distinctive conical appearance, which are said to resemble breasts, and they dominate both the landscape of the island itself and views from the mainland across to it. On a clear day, they are even clearly visible from Northern Ireland.
Likewise, views from the summits of these mountains are equally good, including Ben Lomond to the east and the Isle of Islay and Northern Ireland to the south. There are several recognised routes for climbing these three, varying in length and difficulty. They are also included in the annual Jura Fell Race, one of Scotland’s toughest fell running and mountain climbing challenges.