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
17577 companies; 681 restaurants; 369 bars; 326 takeaways;
Aberdeenshire
11686 companies; 124 restaurants; 149 bars; 104 takeaways;
Angus
3920 companies; 165 restaurants; 123 bars; 80 takeaways;
Argyll and Bute
2576 companies; 288 restaurants; 75 bars; 59 takeaways;
Clackmannanshire
1302 companies; 63 restaurants; 51 bars; 49 takeaways;
Dumfries and Galloway
2912 companies; 246 restaurants; 134 bars; 109 takeaways;
Dundee City
7602 companies; 245 restaurants; 189 bars; 192 takeaways;
East Ayrshire
3319 companies; 429 restaurants; 58 bars; 104 takeaways;
East Dunbartonshire
3217 companies; 125 restaurants; 53 bars; 80 takeaways;
East Lothian
3161 companies; 187 restaurants; 106 bars; 58 takeaways;
East Renfrewshire
4015 companies; 100 restaurants; 14 bars; 65 takeaways;
Edinburgh
55168 companies; 1085 restaurants; 458 bars; 576 takeaways;
Falkirk
5164 companies; 278 restaurants; 129 bars; 142 takeaways;
Fife
12068 companies; 579 restaurants; 419 bars; 324 takeaways;
Glasgow City
46931 companies; 1412 restaurants; 378 bars; 766 takeaways;
Highland
9687 companies; 268 restaurants; 26 bars; 40 takeaways;
Inverclyde
2204 companies; 102 restaurants; 79 bars; 65 takeaways;
Midlothian
2566 companies; 148 restaurants; 57 bars; 47 takeaways;
Moray
2588 companies; 113 restaurants; 59 bars; 57 takeaways;
Na h-Eileanan an Iar
915 companies; 126 restaurants; 25 bars; 22 takeaways;
North Ayrshire
2968 companies; 184 restaurants; 134 bars; 139 takeaways;
North Lanarkshire
10422 companies; 321 restaurants; 255 bars; 401 takeaways;
Orkney
659 companies; 112 restaurants; 11 bars; 10 takeaways;
Perth and Kinross
5539 companies; 461 restaurants; 128 bars; 146 takeaways;
Renfrewshire
6964 companies; 263 restaurants; 167 bars; 176 takeaways;
Scottish Borders
3399 companies; 348 restaurants; 178 bars; 82 takeaways;
Shetland Islands
972 companies; 44 restaurants; 23 bars; 7 takeaways;
South Ayrshire
4843 companies; 428 restaurants; 180 bars; 132 takeaways;
South Lanarkshire
17129 companies; 774 restaurants; 239 bars; 51 takeaways;
Stirling
4598 companies; 0 restaurants; 0 bars; 0 takeaways;
West Dunbartonshire
2060 companies; 141 restaurants; 57 bars; 91 takeaways;
West Lothian
5664 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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