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The British Isles


The British Isles rise from a continental shelf, an under water ledge of land extending into the Alantic Ocean from northwestern Europe.

What is the British Isles?

The British Isles is a geographical term which includes two large islands, Great Britain and Ireland, and 5,000 small islands, most notably the Isle of Man which has its own parliament and laws.

"A group of islands in W Europe, consisting of Great Britain, Ireland, the Isle of Man, Orkney, the Shetland Islands, the Channel Islands belonging to Great Britain, and the islands adjacent to these"
Collins Dictionary 2014

NB. The association of the term British with the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland, as well as its association with the island of Great Britain cause the term to be regarded as objectionable or inappropriate to many people in Ireland when it is used to include Ireland.

What is the largest British Isles island?

The largest island in the British Isles is Great Britain (England, Wales and Scotland).

British Isles mapThe British Isles are occupied by two nations:

1. United Kingdom - a union of:

2.Republic of Ireland

Label a map of the British Isles

The Irish Sea separates Britain and Ireland.

The islands in the British Isles

The British Isles consists of the following islands:

  • Great Britain (England, Scotland and Wales)
  • Ireland (the Republic of Ireland)
    A country west of England across the Irish Sea (not part of the United Kingdom)
    Northern Ireland (part of the United Kingdom)
  • The Orkney and Shetland Islands
    Islands off the northeast coast of Scotland
  • The Isle of Man
    An island in the Irish Sea
  • Hebrides (including the Inner Hebrides, Outer Hebrides and Small Isles) All are islands off the northwest coast of Scotland
  • The Isle of Wight
    An island off the southern coast of England
  • Isles of Scilly
    An island off the southwest coast of England
  • Lundy Island
    An island off the southwest coast of England
  • The Channel Islands
    A group of small islands in the English Channel, off the coast of Normandy, France. The principal islands of the group include Jersey, Guernsey, Alderney and Sark.
  • Plus many other offshore islands

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