Please do not undertake this route in poor weather conditions; after heavy rain the approach will be especially boggy and the rocks and scree paths on the hills will be slippery. Do not undertake the route in bad visibility, or if you suffer from vertigo/don’t have a head for heights as there are steep drops on both the ascent and descent. We thoroughly recommend that you only do this route if you can navigate confidently with a map and compass and are an experienced hiker.
Although this is a challenging route, the rewards on a good day certainly outweigh any trials – the views of the Paps and over the Sound of Jura to the mainland are spectacular. The route can also be shortened to take a short 6 km walk to the loch and admire the view of the Paps as they surround you, before returning to the car park.
Note de l'auteur
Consignes de sécurité
Please do not undertake this route in poor weather conditions; after heavy rain the approach will be especially boggy and the rocks and scree paths on the hills will be slippery. Do not undertake the route in bad visibility, or if you suffer from vertigo/don’t have a head for heights as there are steep drops. We thoroughly recommend that you only do this route if you can navigate confidently with a map and compass and are an experienced hiker.
There is limited phone signal, although occasionally you may find yourself with 4G and full signal (more than in Craighouse!), so it’s best to tell the staff at your accommodation what your plans for the day are.
Conseils et recommandations supplémentaires
Points of Interest
The Paps of Jura
Jura’s most iconic hills – the Paps - are well-known for being part of an annual hill race which covers a vast distance always takes in the Paps as part of a gruelling trial of endurance. The geology of the Paps is composed mostly of Jura Quartzite, part of the Dalradian suite, with some sandstone ridges on Beinn an Oir. The scree was formed due to severe frost shattering in the last ice age approximately 15,000 years ago. Comapred to the lush, flatness of Islay these hills are truly striking in comparison.
Food & Drink
There is nowhere to eat or drink along the way so do bring enough water for the walk. Please note on a warm day you will require more than 2 litres per person for the entire route, and indeed we recommend bringing more. You can stock up on snacks/provisions from the Jura community shop (please see the daily/seasonal shop opening hours or ask at your accommodation). You could also ask your accommodation if they can make you a packed lunch the evening before so it’s ready for you in the morning.
S'équiperThe route is a serious days walk requiring walking boots, a rucksack packed with waterproofs and spare warm layers, along with hat, gloves and buff, and plenty of food and water. On a warm day be sure to bring lots of water – at least 2 litres per person – and suncream. As the terrain is rough walking poles are recommended to help with balance, stream crossings and help to take some pressure off the knees on the steep descents.
Équipement de base pour la marche et la randonnée
- Chaussures de randonnée robustes, confortables et imperméables
- Couches de vêtements contre l'humidité
- Chaussettes de randonnée
- Sac à dos (avec protection pour la pluie)
- Protection contre le soleil, la pluie et le vent (chapeau, crème solaire, vestes et pantalons imperméables, coupe-vents)
- Lunettes de soleil
- Bâtons de randonnée
- Beaucoup d'eau potable et de collations
- Trousse de premiers secours
- Kit Blister
- Sac de bivouac ou de survie
- Couverture de survie
- Lampe frontale
- Couteau de poche
- Téléphone portable
- Argent liquide
- Équipement de navigation : carte et boussole
- Détails des personnes à contacter en cas d'urgence
- Pièce d'identité
- Ces listes d'équipement ne sont pas exhaustives et servent uniquement de suggestion pour cette activité.
- Pour votre sécurité, nous vous invitons à lire attentivement les instructions d'utilisation et d'entretien de votre équipement.
- Veuillez vous assurer que l'équipement dont vous disposez est conforme à la réglementation en vigueur.