There are varying opinions on what encompasses the British Isles so we’d like to help clear up the confusion so you can book your British Isles Vacation to the right place! Are the British Isles, United Kingdom and Great Britain the same thing? No!
- The British Isles are made up of: Ireland, Northern Ireland, Scotland, England and Wales.
- The United Kingdom (owned by the British crown) includes: Northern Ireland, Scotland, England and Wales.
- Great Britain is simply the land mass that incorporates Scotland, England and Wales.
If you’re browsing tours to the British Isles, then you’re really looking at tours to any of the five countries that make up the British Isles (yes, Republic of Ireland and Northern Ireland are different countries on the island of Ireland).