Na h-Eileanan Siar
Na h-Eileanan Siar shown within Scotland
(previously Western Isles
, also referred to as the Outer Hebrides
) is a local government area in the west of Scotland
. The area was created in 1975 as "Western Isles" and was officially given its current Gaelic name in 1997. Prior to 1975 the isle of Lewis formed part of the county of Ross and Cromarty
and the rest of the archipelago, including Harris, was part of Inverness-shire
. The islands are more than 50% Gaelic speaking.
The largest town is Stornoway.
The Northern Constabulary, covering the Highland, Western Isles, Orkney and Shetland areas, was replaced in 2013 by the Police Service of Scotland.
In 2005 the council banned the registration of civil partnerships on the islands, but subsequently agreed that they could go ahead.
- ↑ http://www.pinknews.co.uk/2006/06/05/western-isles-to-lift-ban-on-gay-marriage/