The United Kingdom
of Great Britain and Northern Ireland is an island group to the north of the continent of Europe. Britain, the largest island, includes the separate countries of England
to the north and Wales
to the west. Smaller islands off the coast of Scotland include the Hebrides, the Orkney Islands and the Shetland Islands. Islands to the south are the Isle of Wight, the Scilly Isles, and the Channel Islands of Guernsey, Jersey and Sark. To the west of Wales lies Ireland
, divided into Ireland in the south and Northern Ireland
or Ulster in the north. The Isle of Man lies between Northern Ireland and Britain.