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Art golfing on world class courses is all on offer. Reached by ferry from Islay, Jura is known for its natural beauty, a famous whirlpool, whisky distilleries and a wild deer population after all, the name is believed to come from the Norse word for ‘Deer Island’. The Corryvreckan Whirlpool, which runs between Jura and its neighbouring island, Scarba, is the third largest in the world. When the tides change, the whirlpool provides a thrilling ride and a rare chance to experience it up close and personal. Photo: Majorie Leighton Sitting between Jura and Islay, little Colonsay and its even littler sibling Oronsay, have their own gems for the visitor, including the woodland garden at Colonsay House, and an ancient priory on Oronsay. There are no Munros here for walkers to climb, but they can ‘bag’ one of the 22 smaller MacPhies instead. Miles of gorgeous, yet hard to reach, beaches provide hours of tranquillity and wildlife watching- and visitors are almost guaranteed to miss the crowds. Winter Breaks 27


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