The islands form a disparate archipelago of which the largest are, from south to north Islay, Jura, Mull, Rùm, and Skye. Skye is the largest of all and most populous with an area of 165,625 hectares (639 sq mi) and a population of circa 9,200.
The southern group are in Argyll, an area roughly corresponding with the heartlands of the ancient kingdom of Dál Riata and incorporated into the modern unitary council area of Argyll and Bute. The northern islands were part of the county of Inverness-shire and are now in the Highland Council area.
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