This area is defined broadly to include not only the geographical area under the administration of Comhairle na Gaidhealtachd (the Highland Council), plus the Grampian mountains, but also the Western Isles, the Northern Isles (the Fair Isle, Orkney, and Shetland), the Southwest Highlands (an area which itself includes both areas of the mainland, such as the Kintyre Peninsula, and islands, such as Islay and Jura). 'Islands' may be relatively clear, but 'Highlands' is of course a social term - Inverness is the largest town in the Highlands but its altitude is low - and so the relevant area's boundary is not considered to be definable with great precision.
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uk.local.scot-highlands Discussions relating to the Scottish Highlands+Islands