The Sea of the Hebrides (Scottish Gaelic: An Cuan Barrach)[1] is a portion of the North Atlantic Ocean, located off the coast of western Scotland, separating the mainland and the northern Inner Hebrides islands (to the east)—including Skye and the Small Isles—from the southern Outer Hebrides islands (to the west)—including South Uist, Eriskay, and Barra. To the north, the Sea of the Hebrides joins the Minch.[2]

The Sea of the Hebrides forms part of the Inner Seas off the West Coast of Scotland, as defined by the International Hydrographic Organization,[3] and part of the Seas west of Scotland as far as fisheries management is concerned.


  1. ^ "An Cuan Barrach: Roinn Dìon Mara shealadach" (PDF) (in Scottish Gaelic). Scottish Natural Heritage. Retrieved 8 October 2019.
  2. ^ C.Michael Hogan. 2011. Sea of the Hebrides. Eds. P.Saundry & C.J.Cleveland. Encyclopedia of Earth. National Council for Science and the Environment. Washington DC
  3. ^ "Limits of Oceans and Seas, 3rd edition" (PDF). International Hydrographic Organization. 1953. Retrieved 7 February 2010.

Coordinates: 57°N 7°W / 57°N 7°W / 57; -7