I found an interesting travel report today from the Moray Mountaineering Club who made a trip to Jura in an attempt to climb the Paps. There are a few nice pictures in the article and there is a link to more pictures on Flickr. About the journey they write: “On this occasion many people chose the new small boat (12 seater) service from the picturesque harbour at Tayvallich, to Craighouse on Jura. This removes the need to take a car, as the campsite, Hotel, shop and Distillery are all within 100m of the pier.” It’s always good to hear from others how they think about the new ferry!
Although the weather wasn’t too good they certainly did some serious climbing on Friday: “To do all 3 Paps includes a boggy walk in and then almost 5000ft of ascent on very steep, scree covered hills. They managed to scramble up 2 of the Paps in a shade over 9 hours before the long but scenic 6km road walk back to the camp site. From the top of the Corbett, Beinn an Oir (Hill of Gold) there were fabulous views of wild uninhabited land, white sandy beaches and improbably Mediterranean–looking azure seas!” “In summary, the weather prevented much walking and exploration, however in the right conditions this is a picturesque Island with great hills and superb scenery. Make a note to visit Jura – at least once!”