group of islands off the W coast of Scotland: they are divided into the Inner Hebrides, nearer the mainland, & the Outer Hebrides: c. 2,800 sq mi (7,252 sq km)
also Western Isles
An island group of western and northwest Scotland in the Atlantic Ocean, divided into the Inner Hebrides, closer to the Scottish mainland, and the Outer Hebrides, to the northwest. Settled by ancient Celts, the islands lay under Norwegian rule from the 10th to the 13th century, when they were ceded by treaty to the Scots.
- Collective name for the islands off the west coast of Scotland, divided into the Inner Hebrides and the Outer Hebrides.