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The British Isles

What is the British Isles?

British Isles mapThe British Isles is a geographically term which includes Great Britain, the whole of Ireland, and all the offshore islands, most notably the Isle of Man which has its own parliament and laws.

The British Isles is made up of:

  • England - The capital is London.
  • Scotland - The capital is Edinburgh .
  • Wales - The capital is Cardiff.
  • Northern Ireland - The capital is Belfast.
  • Republic of Ireland - The capital is Dublin.
  • and about five thousand small islands.

Label a map of the British Isles

The Irish Sea separates Britain and Ireland.

The Islands in the British Isles

The British Isles consists of the following islands:

  • Great Britain (England, Scotland and Wales)
  • Ireland (the Republic of Ireland)
    A country west of England across the Irish Sea (not part of the United Kingdom)
  • Northern Ireland ( part of the United Kingdom)
  • The Orkney and Shetland Islands
    Islands off the northeast coast of Scotland
  • The Isle of Man
    An island in the Irish Sea
  • Hebrides (including the Inner Hebrides, Outer Hebrides and Small Isles) All are islands off the northwest coast of Scotland
  • The Isle of Wight
    An island off the southern coast of England
  • Isles of Scilly
    An island off the southwest coast of England
  • Lundy Island
    An island off the southwest coast of England
  • The Channel Islands
    A group of small islands in the English Channel, off the coast of Normandy, France. The principal islands of the group include Jersey, Guernsey, Alderney and Sark.
  • Plus many other offshore islands

Why does England dominate the UK? click here to find out why England denominates

Questions about Great Britain

What is Great Britain?
Is Britain the same as Great Britain?
Which countries are in Great Britain?

Questions about the United Kingdom

Where is the UK?
What countries make up the UK?
What is the official title (name) of the UK?
Why is the whole of Ireland not part of the UK?
How and why was the UK formed?


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Mandy is the creator of the Woodlands Resources section of the Woodlands Junior website. 
The two websites and are the new homes for the Woodlands Resources.

Mandy left Woodlands in 2003 to work in Kent schools as an ICT Consulatant. 
She now teaches computers at The Granville School and St. John's Primary School in Sevenoaks Kent.