Many people think of Britain as an island bit in fact it is an archipelago. In Scotland most people have heard of Skye and possibly of Arran, but who among us – in Scotland or outside – can name more than 10 of the nearly 800 islands around the shores?

The Northern Group is of course Shetland and Orkney, and both of these are a cluster of one main island with smaller islands round about. Culturally distinct from Mainland Scotland with a Norse History both have benefited from the oil boom of recent years, Fair Isle is still inhabited and is known for knitted articles. Stroma is totally empty now and will probably never be repopulated.

On the West Coast there is Lewis and Harris. One island with two names contains the main town of the Hebrides, Stornoway.
A glimpse of the architecture confirms any suspicion about the geography, no question about that. Walk around and keep your ears
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