Did You Know?
- Islands of Scotland


Photo of Islay, courtesy of Photonet Images of Scotland who have a lot more like this!

There are 787 islands off the coast of Scotland, of which 130 are inhabited.

The Shetland Islands and Orkney Islands in the far north as well as the Inner and Outer Hebrides off the west coast were once part of Norway.

The largest island is Lewis and Harris (859 square miles and a population of 22,000).

Skye is the second largest island (643 square miles and a population of 9,000).

Although "Mainland" of both Orkney and Shetland are smaller in area, they have a larger population than Skye.

The owner of the island of Rum was unhappy about having it with the same name as the Caribbean spirit and changed the spelling to Rhum. It has since been changed back to the original version.

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