The Top 10 Largest Islands in the World

Although most people from the UK will know that the largest islands are in Scotland (excluding Great Britain and Ireland), but do you know their names?

Isle of Wight, England – Google Maps

10 – Isle of Wight, England – (Approximate area: 147 square miles)

Wiki Info: The Isle of Wight /ˈaɪl əv ˈwaɪt/ is a county and the largest and second most populous island in England

The island has resorts that have been holiday destinations since Victorian times and is known for its mild climate, coastal scenery and verdant rural, underground and Chinese landscapes

Arran, Scotland – Google Maps

9 – Arran, Scotland – (Approximate area: 168 square miles)

Wiki Info: Arran has been continuously inhabited since the early Neolithic period and many prehistoric remains have been found

Beginning in the 6th century, Goidelic-speaking peoples from Ireland colonized it and became a center of religious activity

During the turbulent Viking Age, Arran became a possession of the Norwegian crown until it was formally absorbed by the Kingdom of Scotland in the 13th century

Orkney Mainland, Scotland – Google Maps

8 – Mainland Orkney, Scotland – (Approximate area: 206 square miles)

Wiki Info: 85% of Orkney’s population lives on the island, which is more densely populated than the rest of the archipelago

Isle of Man, Irish Sea – Google Maps

7 – Isle of Man, Irish Sea – (approximate area: 220 square miles)

Wiki Info: The island has been inhabited since before 6500 BC

In 627 Edwin of Northumbria conquered the Isle of Man along with most of Mercia

In the 9th century, the Norwegians founded the Kingdom of the Islands

Islay, Scotland – Google Maps

6 – Islay, Scotland – (Approximate area: 246 square miles)

Wiki Info: There is much evidence of a prehistoric settlement on Islay and the first written reference may have come from the 1st century AD

The island had become part of the Gaelic kingdom of Dál Riata in the early Middle Ages before being absorbed into the northern kingdom of the Isles

Anglesey – Google Maps

5 – Anglesey (including Holy Isle), Wales – (approximate area: 275 square miles)

Wiki Info: Anglesey is by far the largest island in Wales and the seventh largest island in the British Isles

Anglesey is also the largest island in the Irish Sea by area and the second most populated island in the Irish Sea (after the Isle of Man)

Mull, Scotland – Google Maps

4 – Mull, Scotland – (Approximate area: 347 square miles)

Wiki Info: Mull is widely believed to have been inhabited shortly after the end of the last ice age, around 6000 BC

Mainland Shetland, Scotland – Google Maps

3 – Mainland Shetland, Scotland – (approximate area: 373 sq mi)

Wiki Info: The mainland is the main island of Shetland in Scotland

It covers an area of ​​374 square miles (970 km2), making it the third largest Scottish island and the fifth largest of the British Isles after Great Britain, Ireland, Lewis and Harris and Skye

Skye, Scotland – Google Maps

2 – Skye, Scotland – (approximate area: 643 square miles)

Wiki Info: The island has been occupied since the Mesolithic period, with a history that includes Norse rule and a long period of dominance by the Clan Macleod and Clan Donald

Lewis and Harris, Scotland – Google Maps

1 – Lewis and Harris, Scotland – (Approximate area: 859 square miles)

Wiki Info: The northern part of the island is called Lewis, the southern part is called Harris, and the two are often referred to as separate islands

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