Ushant (Enez Eusa, Ouessant) is an island in the English Channel which marks the north-westernmost point of European France. It belongs to Brittany and is in the traditional region of Bro-Leon. Administratively, Ushant is a commune in the Finistère department. It is the only place in Brittany with a separate name in English.
The island is a rocky landmass some 8 km by 3 km with a total area of 15 km².
An old Breton proverb says : Qui voit Ouessant voit son sang, Qui voit Sein voit sa fin.
"The one who sees Ushant sees his blood, The one who sees Sein sees his end."
This proverb is related to the area around the island, considered one of the most challenging areas to navigate in the world with its many rocks and more than ten knot tide streams.
The Kreac'h lighthouse is reputedly the most powerful in the world.
Ushant is mentioned in George Orwell's diaries, in passing.
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