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The inhabited large island of Skye (local name An t-Eilean Sgitheanach ) is part of (the island group) Inner Hebrides and is located in the country of Great Britain , Western Europe. The distance to the mainland is, quite close about 0.54 km. The surface-area of the island is 1628.6 km2 and is therefore 4.3 x times greater than the island of Isle of Wight. The island lies in the Atlantic Ocean and the total coastal length is about 589 km and the dimensions of the island are approximately 73 km by 40 km (maximum width). The island is Northwest - Southeast oriented. The highest point is 992 meter and is named Sgurr Alasdair. The coordinates (latitude, longitude) of the island (center) for GPS are 57.37 (57°22'13.6344), -6.24 (-6°14'35.2392).


The population is 9232 and the population density is thus on 5.6 inhabitants per square kilometer (compared Isle of Wight 364 inhabitants / km²). The capital of the island is Portree (located in the East of the island). Other places on the island are: Broadford (O). The island is located in the North-northwest of the country Great Britain . It is located in the administrative unit Council area Highland (local administrative level-name council area), in the Ward Eilean a'Cheo (local administrative level-name Ward).
The island is accessible by car (by means of ferry or bridge). The distance from Western-Europe (The Netherlands) is about 1210 km. There is a ferry connection for cars to the mainland. For pedestrians, there is a ferry connection to the mainland also. There are ferry connections with car to other (neighboring) island (s). There are also (seasonal) ferry connections for pedestrians (-cyclists) with other (neighboring) island(s). Far as is known, there are good cycling opportunities on the island.
The source material on the island consists of rocky surface. The land use on the island of Skye consists of Sand - Rock 63.1 km2 (4%), wood 146.5 km2 (9%), nature 744.2 km2 (46%), wet nature 519.2 km2 (32%), and agriculture 143.9 km2 (9%),


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