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Letter from Orwell to Rayner Heppenstall

George Orwell gives directions on how to get to Jura.

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WRITTEN DOCUMENT
1946

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[Address omitted]
16.6.46


Dear Rayner,


Do come about July 14th if that suits you. Try and let me have a week's notice,
so as to arrange about meeting you, as posts here are somewhat infrequent. There
are boats to Jura on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays. The itinerary is this
(but better check it with the L.M.S. in case any time is altered):-

8am leave Glasgow Central Station for Gourock.
Join boat at Gourock
Arrive East Tarbort about 12 noon
Travel to West Tarbort by bus (runs in conjunction with boat)
Join boat at West Tarbort
Arrive Jura about 3pm.

You can book right from Glasgow, and pay your fare on each boat. Fare Gourock-
Jura is about £1. Bring any food

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you can manage, and bring a towel - you'll need thick boots and a raincoat.

Looking forward to seeing you

Yours

G


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16 June 1946

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1946

Synopsis

Orwell's detailed instructions to Heppenstall give a sense of how remote Jura was. His advice to bring a raincoat and thick boots also indicates both the rainy climate of the island and the basic state of the roads around Barnhill.

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Did you know?

The name Jura is derived from the Norse word for 'deer'. The island currently has over 6,000 deer but fewer than 200 people inhabiting it. It still only has one road, on the east coast of the island. Jura is known for its rugged scenery, including 'paps' of volcanic-looking quartzite, and its wildlife, such as otters, seals and many varieties of birds.

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