Place:Outer Hebrides, Scotland

NameOuter Hebrides
Alt namesNa h-Eileanan Siarsource: Wikipedia
TypeUnitary authority
Coordinates57.76°N 7.02°W
Located inScotland     (1996 - )
See alsoWestern Isles, Scotlandregion which preceded the Outer Hebrides from 1975 to 1996
Ross and Cromarty, Scotlandcounty in which most of the Outer Hebrides was located prior to 1975
Inverness-shire, Scotland|county in which part of the Outer Hebrides was located prior to 1975
Contained Places
Former community
St. Kilda ( 1996 - )
Boisdale ( 1996 - )
Daliburgh ( 1996 - )
Floddaigh ( 1996 - )
Lochboisdale ( 1996 - )
Stoneybridge ( 1996 - )
Inhabited place
Carinish ( 1996 - )
Creagorry ( 1996 - )
Howmore ( 1996 - )
Lochmaddy ( 1996 - )
Sollas ( 1996 - )
Tarbet ( 1996 - )
Barra ( 1996 - )
Benbecula ( 1996 - )
Berneray ( 1996 - )
Floddaigh ( 1996 - )
Harris ( 1996 - )
Lewis ( 1996 - )
North Uist ( 1996 - )
South Uist ( 1996 - )
St. Kilda ( 1996 - )
Barra ( 1996 - )
Harris ( 1996 - )
North Uist ( 1996 - )
South Uist ( 1996 - )
Ardivachar ( 1996 - )
Ardnamonie ( 1996 - )
Bornish ( 1996 - )
Iochdar ( 1996 - )
Kilbride ( 1996 - )

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the text in this section is copied from an article in Wikipedia

The Outer Hebrides, sometimes also known as the Western Isles and the Long Island, and as Innse Gall in Gaelic, is an island chain off the west coast of mainland Scotland. The islands are geographically conterminous with Comhairle nan Eilean Siar, one of the 32 unitary council areas of Scotland. They form part of the Hebrides, separated from the Scottish mainland and from the Inner Hebrides by the waters of the Minch, the Little Minch and the Sea of the Hebrides. Scottish Gaelic is the predominant spoken language, although in a few areas English speakers form a majority.

Most of the islands have a bedrock formed from ancient metamorphic rocks and the climate is mild and oceanic. The 15 inhabited islands have a total population of 27,684[1] and there are more than 50 substantial uninhabited islands. From Barra Head to the Butt of Lewis is roughly 210 kilometres (130 mi).

There are various important prehistoric structures, many of which pre-date the first written references to the islands by Roman and Greek authors. The Western Isles became part of the Norse kingdom of the Suðreyjar, which lasted for over 400 years until sovereignty was transferred to Scotland by the Treaty of Perth in 1266. Control of the islands was then held by clan chiefs, principal of whom were the MacLeods, MacDonalds, Mackenzies and MacNeils. The Highland Clearances of the 19th century had a devastating effect on many communities and it is only in recent years that population levels have ceased to decline. Much of the land is now under local control and commercial activity is based on tourism, crofting, fishing, and weaving.

Sea transport is crucial and a variety of ferry services operate between the islands and to mainland Scotland. Modern navigation systems now minimise the dangers but in the past the stormy seas have claimed many ships. Religion, music and sport are important aspects of local culture, and there are numerous designated conservation areas to protect the natural environment.

A list of the inhabited islands making up the Western Isles or Outer Hebrides can be found in the Wikipedia article, List of the Outer Hebrides. Skye, the largest island off the western coast of Scotland, is not part of the Western Isles nor the Outer Hebrides.

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