Scotland - Counties List

The history of local administration divisions in Scotland is just as complex as the English and Welsh ones, if not more so. The current division became official in 1995 as a result of the Local Government Act of 1994 that established the final division of Scotland into 32 administrative areas referred to as “council areas”. These areas are governed by an elected council. These areas can choose to be referred to also by their Gaelic name, though so far only one council followed this path - the Council of the Western Isles is known as Comhairle Nan Eilean Siar. Another council area that made use of this law is the Highland Council that adopted the Gaelic name Comhairle na Gàidhealtachd to work alongside the English one.

Aberdeen City
18423 companies; 707 restaurants; 371 bars; 348 takeaways;
Aberdeenshire
12203 companies; 30 restaurants; 20 bars; 35 takeaways;
Angus
4160 companies; 171 restaurants; 124 bars; 84 takeaways;
Argyll and Bute
2617 companies; 309 restaurants; 82 bars; 64 takeaways;
Clackmannanshire
1407 companies; 65 restaurants; 53 bars; 54 takeaways;
Dumfries and Galloway
3066 companies; 262 restaurants; 146 bars; 119 takeaways;
Dundee City
8278 companies; 265 restaurants; 193 bars; 201 takeaways;
East Ayrshire
3577 companies; 449 restaurants; 67 bars; 118 takeaways;
East Dunbartonshire
3440 companies; 137 restaurants; 54 bars; 83 takeaways;
East Lothian
3372 companies; 207 restaurants; 108 bars; 64 takeaways;
East Renfrewshire
4308 companies; 105 restaurants; 14 bars; 71 takeaways;
Edinburgh
59334 companies; 1171 restaurants; 474 bars; 629 takeaways;
Falkirk
5559 companies; 313 restaurants; 141 bars; 163 takeaways;
Fife
12942 companies; 601 restaurants; 414 bars; 336 takeaways;
Glasgow City
51133 companies; 1470 restaurants; 397 bars; 818 takeaways;
Highland
10203 companies; 275 restaurants; 26 bars; 46 takeaways;
Inverclyde
2249 companies; 120 restaurants; 81 bars; 76 takeaways;
Midlothian
2737 companies; 158 restaurants; 57 bars; 51 takeaways;
Moray
2759 companies; 121 restaurants; 61 bars; 64 takeaways;
Na h-Eileanan an Iar
964 companies; 130 restaurants; 26 bars; 24 takeaways;
North Ayrshire
3177 companies; 194 restaurants; 142 bars; 142 takeaways;
North Lanarkshire
11231 companies; 349 restaurants; 263 bars; 445 takeaways;
Orkney
685 companies; 122 restaurants; 11 bars; 10 takeaways;
Perth and Kinross
5849 companies; 503 restaurants; 130 bars; 156 takeaways;
Renfrewshire
7508 companies; 281 restaurants; 165 bars; 183 takeaways;
Scottish Borders
3581 companies; 374 restaurants; 182 bars; 92 takeaways;
Shetland Islands
1011 companies; 49 restaurants; 25 bars; 8 takeaways;
South Ayrshire
5259 companies; 453 restaurants; 188 bars; 141 takeaways;
South Lanarkshire
18365 companies; 814 restaurants; 245 bars; 64 takeaways;
Stirling
4848 companies; 0 restaurants; 0 bars; 0 takeaways;
West Dunbartonshire
2236 companies; 147 restaurants; 58 bars; 92 takeaways;
West Lothian
6039 companies; 246 restaurants; 115 bars; 182 takeaways;

The 32 existing areas reflect the historical 34 shires to various extent but the counties of Scotland have gone a long way and nowadays differ very much from their historical counterparts, in both names and boundaries. When it comes to demographics, the most populous region is Glasgow with roughly 593 thousand inhabitants and the least populous are the Orkney Islands with only about 21 thousand inhabitants. Geographically the largest county is the Highland with over 11,000 square miles, and the smallest one is Dundee, spanning only 67 square miles.

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