The Long Island

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'Island' - geographical clarification Nov 07, 2010
The word 'island' is used in two contexts in the Outer Hebrides in a way that could well be confusing to those who think they know English, including residents of the UK. Of course the usual meaning is a piece of land surrounded by water - but note these!

'THe Long Island' is an alternative name given to the Outer Hebrides as a whole and inclues not only the former islands linked by bridges or causeways to form, technically a single island but the other islands in the Outer Hebrides as well.

Then you may well have heard even if you have not been, of the Isle of Harris and the Isle of Lewis. These two islands form a single land mass surrounded by water. Neither is an island in the first sense used because each is joined to the other.
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