The name Jura is believed to originate from the Norse 'Island of the Deer' but do we know that for certain? I know I have it written down on the main page of my website which doesn't mean it's true of course. When I heard about the island for the first time and started reading about it in several books and online, the most common explanation for the name was Island of Deer. … [Read more...] about Jura – Island of Deer or The Cursed Isle?
When George Orwell wrote his book 1948 in Barnhill, in the far north of Jura, he couldn't have guessed that the house he wrote his famous novel in would become a pilgrimage destination for his fan's, let alone being the subject of stalking, something he wrote about in his book. And that's exactly what happens with this very remote holiday destination which can be rented from … [Read more...] about Big Brother is Stalking You
A writer from the Sydney Morning Herald, Saska Graville, visited the Isle of Jura and was a guest in Jura Lodge. Today the writer published his article online and it's an interesting account of his trip. From what I read the writer is very fascinated about the island and the fact that there is only one pub, one distillery, one road, one village and one Jura Lodge but thousands … [Read more...] about Jura Travel Report from “Down Under”
This is probably a view of the Paps of Jura that many of us will never see. Arra Fletcher who lives over at Port Askaig was kind enough to send me this stunning picture. Last sunday he told me that the weather was very cold and icy and he found Jura covered in snow late at night when the clouds had cleared. This picture however wasn't taken last sunday. There is a large … [Read more...] about Paps of Jura in the Snow