Western Isles

administration division of W Scotland comprising the Outer Hebrides: 1,119 sq mi (2,898 sq km); pop. 30,000

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a council area of north-west Scotland, often called by its official Gaelic name ‘Eilean Siar’. It consists of the islands of the Outer Hebrides: Lewis with Harris, North Uist, South Uist and Barra. Its administrative centre is Stornoway. The term Western Isles is also sometimes used to mean all the islands in the Hebrides.

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Gaelic  Eilean Siar 

      council area of Scotland, in the Atlantic Ocean off the northwestern coast of the Scottish mainland, comprising the islands of the Outer Hebrides. Lewis, the northern part of the principal island of Lewis and Harris, is part of the historic county of Ross-shire in the historic region of Ross and Cromarty, and the rest of the Western Isles council area belongs to the historic county of Inverness-shire.

      Crofting (tenant farming) is the traditional mainstay of the economy and still persists. The typical croft is just a few acres with a handful of sheep, a cow, and enough crops to supplement the diet and provide a small income. Peat is cut in the extensive moors of the islands' interior and is used to heat the crofters' homes. The islands are known for their high-quality Harris tweed, which is traditionally woven on handlooms by the crofters at home. Fishing is important, though it has declined since the heyday of herring fishery in the early 20th century. The islands also rely economically on tourism. Stornoway on Lewis is the chief town and the commercial and administrative centre of the Western Isles. It has a good natural harbour and contains ship-repair facilities. Area 1,180 square miles (3,055 square km). Pop. (2006 est.) 26,350.

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  • Western Isles — Na h Eileanan Siar Verwaltungssitz Stornoway Fläche 3.071 km² (7.) …   Deutsch Wikipedia

  • Western Isles — the Western Isles a ↑region in northwest Scotland consisting of the Outer Hebrides islands of Harris, Lewis, North and South Uist, and Barra. Its main town is Stornoway …   Dictionary of contemporary English

  • Western Isles —   [ westən aɪlz], Verwaltungsgebiet in Schottland, umfasst die Äußeren Hebriden; 3 134 km2, 29 400 Einwohner; Verwaltungssitz ist Stornoway …   Universal-Lexikon

  • Western Isles — administration division of W Scotland comprising the Outer Hebrides: 1,119 sq mi (2,898 sq km); pop. 30,000 …   English World dictionary

  • Western Isles — Hébrides extérieures Pour les articles homonymes, voir Hébrides (homonymie). Hébrides extérieures Na h Eileanan Siar (gd) …   Wikipédia en Français

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  • Western Isles — noun a group of more than 500 islands off the western coast of Scotland • Syn: ↑Hebrides, ↑Hebridean Islands, ↑Hebridean Isles, ↑Western Islands • Derivationally related forms: ↑Hebridean (for: ↑Heb …   Useful english dictionary

  • Western Isles — West′ern Isles′ n. pl. geg Hebrides …   From formal English to slang

  • Western Isles — /wɛstən ˈaɪlz/ (say westuhn uylz) plural noun 1. former name of Eilean Siar. 2. Also, Western Islands. → Hebrides …   Australian English dictionary

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