geographical name \ˈhe-brə-ˌdēz\

Definition of HEBRIDES

islands W Scotland in the Atlantic, divided by Little Minch into Inner Hebrides (near the mainland) & Outer Hebrides (to NW) area 2900 square miles (7540 square kilometers), pop 30,660 — see lewis with harris, western isles
Heb·ri·de·an \ˌhe-brə-ˈdē-ən\ adjective or noun


   (Concise Encyclopedia)

Group of islands, western Scotland, in the North Atlantic Ocean. They are separated into two groups, the Outer Hebrides and the Inner Hebrides, divided by the Little Minch Strait. The Outer Hebrides are administered as the Eilean Siar (Western Isles) council area (pop., 2001: 26,502). The northern Inner Hebrides lie within the Highland council area, and the southern Inner Hebrides are part of Argyll and Bute council area. Composed of more than 40 islands, only a few of which are inhabited, the Hebrides were originally settled by Celts. Norse raids, which led to Norse rule, began after the 8th century and lasted until 1266, when the islands were ceded to Scotland. Their economy centres on farming, fishing, and weaving, the latter noted especially for Harris tweed.

Variants of HEBRIDES

Hebrides or Western Isles ancient Ebudae


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