What Are Some of the Islands in Scotland?


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Some islands in Scotland include the Isle of Skye, St. Kilda and the Shetland Isles. All in all, Scotland has over 790 islands. Many of these islands, such as the Isle of Skye, are part of larger groups.

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What Are Some of the Islands in Scotland?
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St. Kilda is one of the most remote islands that still belongs to the United Kingdom. It is about 41 miles west of the Outer Hebrides and is known for its cliffs, which are breeding sites for seabirds such as fulmars and gannets. St. Kilda is unusual in that it has mixed cultural and natural World Heritage status.

The Shetland Isles are 566 square miles in area and lie 50 miles northeast of the Orkney Islands. Their administrative center is Lerwick. They lie so far to the north of Great Britain that their motto is in Icelandic. It is "Með lögum skal land byggja," translated as "By law shall land be built." The islands have had a major role in the long and complex history of relations between Scotland and Norway.

The Isle of Skye is also a former Norse property, but it has been under Scottish dominion since the Treaty of Perth of 1266. Found in the Inner Hebrides off Scotland's northwest coast, it is known for its rocky scenery, wet and windy weather, and large number of Gaelic speakers.

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