Outer Hebrides

Na h-Eileanan Siar
(The Western Isles)
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- Total
- % Water
Ranked 7th
3,071 km²
? %
Admin HQStornoway
ISO 3166-2GB-ELS
ONS code00RJ
- Total (April 29, 2001)
- Density
Ranked 30th
9 / km²
Comhairle nan Eilean Siar
MPAngus MacNeil
MSPAlasdair Morrison

The Outer Hebrides or Western Isles (officially known by their Gaelic name, Na h-Eileanan Siar) comprise an island chain off the west coast of Scotland. They form part of the Hebrides, separated from the Scottish mainland and from the Inner Hebrides by the stormy stretch of water known as the Minch and the Little Minch. Most communities in the Outer Hebrides use the Scottish Gaelic language. The name for the Westminster Parliament constituency covering this area has been changed to the Gaelic Na h-Eileanan an Iar, in preparation for the United Kingdom general election, 2005. [1] (http://www.epolitix.com/EN/News/200503/2f8b70dc-24bb-4471-b8cc-c3297c7cb3ba.htm)



The islands form one of 32 unitary council regions in Scotland. The Western Isles council is officially known by its Gaelic name Comhairle nan Eilean Siar. The council has its base in Stornoway on Lewis. Some of the southern islands form part of Inverness-shire and some part of Ross-shire. The Western Isles constitute a Lieutenancy Area.

Main island group

The main islands form an archipelago, which with their smaller surrounding islands are sometimes known poetically as the Long Isle. The major islands include:Lewis and Harris, North Uist, Benbecula, South Uist and Barra. South of Barra lie the Barra Isles, including Mingulay and Vatersay.

A large number of small islands surround the main islands. They include:

Other islands

Small islands and island groups pepper the North Atlantic surrounding the main island group:

To the west lie the Monach Islands, Flannan Isles, Saint Kilda and Rockall, in increasing order of distance. The status of Rockall as part of the United Kingdom remains disputed.

To the east lie the Shiant Islands, located in the Minch.

To the north lie North Rona and Sula Sgeir, two small and remote islands. Not often included as part of the Outer Hebrides, they nevertheless come under the administration of the Western Isles district.


Scheduled Ferry services between the Outer Hebrides and the Scottish Mainland and Inner Hebrides operate on the following routes:

Other ferries operate between some of the islands.

External links

Historical footnote: Many websites of the Outer Hebrides derive content from the original, late-lamented, Eolas Virtual Hebrides, website. This was once the largest rural website in the world.

Eolas went bankrupt in 2000 and the Eolas TV company became MacTV (http://www.mactv.co.uk/). The web design team became Reefnet (http://www.reefnet.co.uk/) and the content has largely found a home at GlobalGuide.Org (http://www.globalguide.org/).

Sites deriving partly from the original Virtual Hebrides

  • Hebrides.com (http://www.hebrides.com) Photographic website from ex-Eolas Sam Maynard
  • Global Guide Hebrides (http://www.globalguide.org?id=44449) Content website from ex-Eolas Scott Hatton
  • www.visithebrides.com Western Isles Tourist Board site from Reefnet
  • Virtual Hebrides.com (http://www.virtualhebrides.com) Content from the VH which went its own way and became Virtual Scotland.

Other Outer Hebrides websites

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