The British Isles Is Not A Country
Most people usually get confused between England, Great Britain, UK and the British Isles. This post was created to clear this confusion.
The British Isles
The British Isles covers the entire area of UK and the Republic of Ireland (not to be confused with Northern Ireland) as well as the small but not insignificant islands named Isle of Man and Channel Islands.
The United Kingdom
UK is simply an abbreviation for The United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland. Therefore, UK is composed of England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland.
Great Britain, which most simply refer to as Britain, is made up of England, Scotland and Wales.
For a graphical explanation, please click the image below (open in a new tab).