|1.||Gaelic name: Eilean Siar an island authority in W Scotland, consisting of the Outer Hebrides; created in 1975. Administrative centre: Stornoway. Pop: 26 100 (2003 est). Area: 2900 sq km (1120 sq miles)|
|2.||another name for Hebrides Also called: Western Islands|
council area of Scotland, in the Atlantic Ocean off the northwestern coast of the Scottish mainland, comprising the islands of the Outer Hebrides. Lewis, the northern part of the principal island of Lewis and Harris, is part of the historic county of Ross-shire in the historic region of Ross and Cromarty, and the rest of the Western Isles council area belongs to the historic county of Inverness-shire.
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