Island Single Malts is a general term for single malt Scotch whiskies produced on the islands around the perimeter of the Scottish mainland. The exception is Islay, which is considered a separate whisky producing region. The Islands are not a separate recognized whisky producing region, but are considered to be part of the Highland region. Although people sometimes think that "Island" whiskies have similar smoky or peaty overtones to the whiskies of Islay, this is far from true. The whiskies produced on the Islands are extremely varied and have few similarities.