The Western Isles is another name for the Outer Hebrides (Scottish Gaelic: Na h-Eileanan Siar), a chain of more than a hundred islands situated off the west coast of Scotland. They include Lewis and Harris (one island), Barra, and the St. Kilda group of islands (which are uninhabited).
The Outer Hebrides are separated from the Inner Hebrides (Scottish Gaelic: Na h-Eileanan a-staigh) by the Minch, the Little Minch and the Sea of the Hebrides.
They remain one of the strongholds of Scottish Gaelic with just over 60% of the population speaking the language.
Listen on Spotify to the Scottish Gaelic song Is Gaidheal Mi.