Place:Western Isles, Scotland

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NameWestern Isles
Alt namesW Islssource: BIAB Online (1999-2000) accessed 16 Dec 2002; UK Counties and Regions Abbreviations [web site] (1997-98) accessed 16 Dec 2002
Western Islandssource: Webster's Geographical Dictionary (1988) p 1329
TypeRegion
Coordinates57.76°N 7.02°W
Located inScotland     (1975 - 1996)
Also located inRoss and Cromarty, Scotland     ( - 1975)
Inverness-shire, Scotland     ( - 1975)
See alsoNorth Uist, Inverness-shire, Scotlandisland in the Western Isles
South Uist, Inverness-shire, Scotlandisland in the Western Isles
Lewis, Ross and Cromarty, Scotlandisland in the Western Isles
Harris, Inverness-shire, Scotlandisland in the Western Isles
Barra, Inverness-shire, Scotlandisland in the Western Isles
Benbecula, Inverness-shire, Scotlandisland in the Western Isles
Outer Hebrides, Scotlandunitary authority replacing the Western Isles region in 1996
source: Getty Thesaurus of Geographic Names

NOTE: The co-ords are given as a general pointing covering a very large area. It is better inspected on the Google map after clicking the "-" sign a couple of times.

The Western Isles was one of the administrative regions into which Scotland was divided between 1975 and 1996. It was replaced in 1996 by the Outer Hebrides unitary authority. There was no change in the geographic coverage between The Western Isles and the Outer Hebrides. As a result the two terms appear to be used interchangeably.

Prior to the division of Scotland into administrative regions, some of the islands were located in the County of Inverness-shire and some in the County of Ross and Cromarty. Since the parish system of division ended along with the counties in 1975, discussion of the parishes making up the Western Isles will be found under the two county headings.

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.

Source: Wikipedia's list of the administrative regions of Scotland between 1975 and 1996


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