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
17452 companies; 661 restaurants; 367 bars; 316 takeaways;
Aberdeenshire
11608 companies; 123 restaurants; 156 bars; 104 takeaways;
Angus
3884 companies; 157 restaurants; 121 bars; 79 takeaways;
Argyll and Bute
2560 companies; 286 restaurants; 75 bars; 58 takeaways;
Clackmannanshire
1292 companies; 62 restaurants; 51 bars; 49 takeaways;
Dumfries and Galloway
2911 companies; 246 restaurants; 134 bars; 109 takeaways;
Dundee City
7510 companies; 244 restaurants; 188 bars; 190 takeaways;
East Ayrshire
3286 companies; 426 restaurants; 58 bars; 104 takeaways;
East Dunbartonshire
3203 companies; 123 restaurants; 53 bars; 79 takeaways;
East Lothian
3132 companies; 185 restaurants; 107 bars; 58 takeaways;
East Renfrewshire
3958 companies; 98 restaurants; 14 bars; 63 takeaways;
Edinburgh
54081 companies; 1067 restaurants; 451 bars; 570 takeaways;
Falkirk
5125 companies; 271 restaurants; 125 bars; 138 takeaways;
Fife
11972 companies; 575 restaurants; 418 bars; 323 takeaways;
Glasgow City
46396 companies; 1394 restaurants; 376 bars; 758 takeaways;
Highland
9617 companies; 264 restaurants; 24 bars; 38 takeaways;
Inverclyde
2178 companies; 102 restaurants; 79 bars; 65 takeaways;
Midlothian
2503 companies; 148 restaurants; 57 bars; 47 takeaways;
Moray
2572 companies; 112 restaurants; 59 bars; 56 takeaways;
Na h-Eileanan an Iar
913 companies; 122 restaurants; 25 bars; 20 takeaways;
North Ayrshire
2945 companies; 183 restaurants; 134 bars; 139 takeaways;
North Lanarkshire
10298 companies; 318 restaurants; 254 bars; 398 takeaways;
Orkney
651 companies; 111 restaurants; 11 bars; 10 takeaways;
Perth and Kinross
5518 companies; 458 restaurants; 128 bars; 143 takeaways;
Renfrewshire
6950 companies; 262 restaurants; 167 bars; 176 takeaways;
Scottish Borders
3382 companies; 339 restaurants; 178 bars; 80 takeaways;
Shetland Islands
953 companies; 43 restaurants; 23 bars; 7 takeaways;
South Ayrshire
4795 companies; 425 restaurants; 180 bars; 129 takeaways;
South Lanarkshire
17009 companies; 768 restaurants; 239 bars; 49 takeaways;
Stirling
4560 companies; 0 restaurants; 0 bars; 0 takeaways;
West Dunbartonshire
2044 companies; 139 restaurants; 57 bars; 89 takeaways;
West Lothian
5611 companies; 221 restaurants; 109 bars; 165 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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