Northern Isles

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The Northern Isles of Scotland.

The Northern Isles [1] are a chain of islands off the north coast of mainland Scotland.

The group includes Shetland, Fair Isle and Orkney. Sometimes Stroma is included, which is part of Caithness.

Culture and politics[change | change source]

The Northern Isles are usually separated for political purposes, but they come under the Orkney and Shetland parliamentary constituency in Westminster.

Due to their history, the islands have a Norse, rather than a Gaelic flavour, and have historic links with the Faroes, Iceland, and Norway.

Orkney and Shetland were given to Scotland as a deposit on the dowry of Margaret of Denmark when she married James III of Scotland in 1469.

References[change | change source]

  1. Old Norse: Norðreyjar; Scots Gaelic: Na h-Eileanan Tuath; Scots: Northren Isles