Scotland - Highlands and Islands
Jura is a beautiful remote and untamed mountainous isle. There are large areas of blanket bog. A modest population of just 200 people is vastly outnumbered by the 5000 wild deer who also inhabit Jura. George Orwell lived here when he was completing his iconic novel 1984, although the last thing you will feel here is that Big Brother is watching you!
The Corryvreckan Whirlpool "cauldron of the speckled seas" is a narrow strait between the Jura and Scarba and is known for its fierce waters. At slack water the torrents are deceptively benign. It is one of the largest permanent whirlpools on earth and one of the most dangerous stretches of water around the British Isles. It is said that at certain times the roar is so loud that it can be heard as far as ten miles away. At full strength the currents can reach over 10 knots and produce waves over 9 m high.