What are the Hebrides and why are they farthest?

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The Hebrides is an archipelago off the western coast of Scotland.  These islands are ruggedly beautiful, and range from typical northern Scottish scenery to somewhat arctic rockiness.  They have represented for England the end of the earth, at least in literary terms.

The Inner Hebrides includes the Isle of Skye, which can now be reached by bridge as well as ferry.  The Outer Hebrides include St. Kilda.  The entire area is often referred to as the Sea of Hebrides, and the Outer Hebrides are also known as the Western Isles.  The links below include a look at the geology of the area and a tour experience.