List of islands of the British Isles

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This page is a list of the larger islands that form the British Isles, listing area and population data. The total area of the islands is 315,134 km².[citation needed] Great Britain and Ireland between them account for 95.6% of this area, leaving 4.4% or an area of 13,950 km² of the remaining islands. The largest of the other islands are to be found in the Hebrides, Orkney and Shetland to the north, Anglesey and the Isle of Man between Great Britain and Ireland, and the Bailiwicks of Guernsey and Jersey in the Channel Islands, however these specific islands are geographically part of mainland continental Europe, as they are positioned off the French coast of Normandy and therefore the description of The "British Isles" as a geographic archipelago is incorrect and in part has resulted in the British Isles naming dispute.

Number of permanently inhabited islands (besides the two main islands):

The Bailiwick of Guernsey, the Bailiwick of Jersey and the Isle of Man are British Crown Dependencies, while Northern Ireland, Wales, England and Scotland are constituent countries of the United Kingdom.

Name Area (km²) Population Country
Great Britain 216,777 57,000,000[1] United Kingdom (England, Scotland & Wales)
Ireland 84,406 6,000,000[1] Republic of Ireland & United Kingdom (Northern Ireland)
Name Area (km²) Rank (area) Population[2] Rank (pop.) Island Group / Location Country
Lewis and Harris[3] 2,179 03 19,918 11 Outer Hebrides Scotland
Skye[3] 1,656 04 9,232 17 Inner Hebrides Scotland
Shetland Mainland[3] 969 05 17,550 12 Shetland Islands Scotland
Mull[3] 875 06 2,667 22 Inner Hebrides Scotland
Anglesey (including Holy Island) 714 07 69,000[1] 07 Irish Sea Wales
Islay[3] 620 08 3,457 21 Inner Hebrides Scotland
Isle of Man[4] 572 09 80,056 06 Irish Sea Isle of Man
Orkney Mainland[3] 523 10 15,315 14 Orkney Islands Scotland
Arran[3] 432 11 5,045 20 Firth of Clyde Scotland
Isle of Wight[5] 381 12 132,731 04 English Channel England
Jura 367 13 188 Inner Hebrides Scotland
South Uist[3] 320 14 1,818 25 Outer Hebrides Scotland
North Uist[3] 303 15 1,271 28 Outer Hebrides Scotland
Yell 212 16 957 34 Shetland Islands Scotland
Achill Island[6] 147 17 2,620 23 County Mayo Republic of Ireland
Hoy 143 18 272 Orkney Islands Scotland
Bute[3] 122 19 7,228 18 Firth of Clyde Scotland
Unst 121 20 720 37 Shetland Islands Scotland
Jersey[7] 116 21 89,300 05 Channel Islands Jersey
Rùm 105 22 22 Small Isles Scotland
Isle of Sheppey[8] 94 23 37,852 09 Kent England
Benbecula[3] 82 24 1,219 29 Outer Hebrides Scotland
Tiree 78 25 770 36 Inner Hebrides Scotland
Coll 77 26 164 Inner Hebrides Scotland
Guernsey[9] 65 27 59,710 08 Channel Islands Guernsey
Raasay 64 28 192 Inner Hebrides Scotland
Barra[3] 59 29 1,078 31 Outer Hebrides Scotland
Sanday 50 30 478 39 Orkney Islands Scotland
South Ronaldsay 50 31 458 40 Orkney Islands Scotland
Rousay 49 32 212 Orkney Islands Scotland
Westray 47 33 563 38 Orkney Islands Scotland
Fetlar 41 34 86 Shetland Islands Scotland
Colonsay 41 35 108 Inner Hebrides Scotland
Holy Island, Anglesey 39 36 13,579 15 Anglesey Wales
Stronsay 33 37 343 Orkney Islands Scotland
Inis Mór 31 38 824 35 Aran Islands Republic of Ireland
Eigg 30 39 67 Small Isles Scotland
Shapinsay 30 40 300 Orkney Islands Scotland
Bressay 28 41 384 Shetland Islands Scotland
Eday 27 42 121 Orkney Islands Scotland
Hayling Island[10] 27 43 16,887 13 Hampshire England
Foulness Island 26 44 212 Essex England
Scalpay 25 45 10 Inner Hebrides Scotland
Gorumna[6] 24 46 1,010 33 Galway, Connemara Republic of Ireland
Portsea Island 24 47 147,088 03 Hampshire England
Lismore 24 48 146 Inner Hebrides Scotland
Great Bernera 21 49 233 Outer Hebrides Scotland
Ulva 20 50 16 Inner Hebrides Scotland
Whalsay[3] 20 51 1,034 32 Shetland Islands Scotland
Canvey Island[11] 19 52 37,479 10 Essex England
Mersea Island[12] 18 53 7,182 19 Essex England
Muckle Roe 18 54 104 Shetland Islands Scotland
Walney Island[13] 13 11,388 16 Furness England
Great Cumbrae[3] 12 1,434 27 Firth of Clyde Scotland
Alderney[14] 8 2,294 24 Channel Islands Guernsey
St Mary's[15] 6 1,666 26 Isles of Scilly England
Lundy 4 28 Devon England
Thorney Island[16] 1,079 30 West Sussex England
Bardsey Island[17] 2 4 Gwynedd Wales

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c Approximate population figure
  2. ^ Population figures are from 2001 Census, except: Isle of Portland from 2005; Achill, Gorumna, Isle of Man, Jersey all from 2006.
  3. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l m n General Register Office for Scotland – Statistics for Inhabited Islands[dead link]
  4. ^ Isle of Man Census 2006 (excluding the population of 2 living on the Calf of Man)
  5. ^ National Statistics – Isle of Wight (Local Authority). Neighbourhood.statistics.gov.uk. Retrieved on 2012-05-22.
  6. ^ a b Census 2006 – Table 11 – Population of Inhabited Islands off the Coast (PDF)
  7. ^ Jersey Statistics Unit[dead link]
  8. ^ National Statistics – Leysdown and Warden (Ward), Minster Cliffs (Ward), Queenborough and Halfway (Ward), Sheerness East (Ward), Sheerness West (Ward) and Sheppey Central (Ward)
  9. ^ States of Guernsey – Facts and Figures Booklet 2007 (excluding the parish of Herm and Jethou)
  10. ^ National Statistics – Hayling East (Ward) and Hayling West (Ward)
  11. ^ National Statistics – Canvey Island Central (Ward), East (Ward), North (Ward), South (Ward), West (Ward) and Winter Gardens (Ward)
  12. ^ National Statistics – West Mersea CP (Parish) and East Mersea CP (Parish)
  13. ^ National Statistics – Walney North (Ward) and Walney South (Ward)
  14. ^ Alderney Census Report 2001
  15. ^ National Statistics – St. Mary's (Ward). Neighbourhood.statistics.gov.uk. Retrieved on 2012-05-22.
  16. ^ National Statistics – West Thorney CP (Parish). Neighbourhood.statistics.gov.uk. Retrieved on 2012-05-22.
  17. ^ Article on Bardsey Island residents. Guardian. Retrieved on 2012-05-22.