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
18206 companies; 700 restaurants; 371 bars; 343 takeaways;
Aberdeenshire
12015 companies; 95 restaurants; 72 bars; 88 takeaways;
Angus
4069 companies; 169 restaurants; 124 bars; 84 takeaways;
Argyll and Bute
2642 companies; 300 restaurants; 79 bars; 63 takeaways;
Clackmannanshire
1367 companies; 64 restaurants; 52 bars; 52 takeaways;
Dumfries and Galloway
3008 companies; 258 restaurants; 145 bars; 120 takeaways;
Dundee City
8018 companies; 258 restaurants; 193 bars; 200 takeaways;
East Ayrshire
3484 companies; 447 restaurants; 64 bars; 115 takeaways;
East Dunbartonshire
3340 companies; 136 restaurants; 54 bars; 83 takeaways;
East Lothian
3290 companies; 195 restaurants; 106 bars; 64 takeaways;
East Renfrewshire
4197 companies; 104 restaurants; 14 bars; 70 takeaways;
Edinburgh
57430 companies; 1133 restaurants; 469 bars; 600 takeaways;
Falkirk
5400 companies; 298 restaurants; 134 bars; 151 takeaways;
Fife
12604 companies; 598 restaurants; 413 bars; 332 takeaways;
Glasgow City
49620 companies; 1434 restaurants; 386 bars; 802 takeaways;
Highland
10016 companies; 274 restaurants; 26 bars; 45 takeaways;
Inverclyde
2277 companies; 113 restaurants; 81 bars; 75 takeaways;
Midlothian
2687 companies; 155 restaurants; 57 bars; 51 takeaways;
Moray
2692 companies; 118 restaurants; 60 bars; 62 takeaways;
Na h-Eileanan an Iar
933 companies; 128 restaurants; 26 bars; 24 takeaways;
North Ayrshire
3113 companies; 191 restaurants; 138 bars; 141 takeaways;
North Lanarkshire
10981 companies; 345 restaurants; 261 bars; 432 takeaways;
Orkney
674 companies; 118 restaurants; 11 bars; 10 takeaways;
Perth and Kinross
5755 companies; 489 restaurants; 129 bars; 152 takeaways;
Renfrewshire
7303 companies; 279 restaurants; 165 bars; 181 takeaways;
Scottish Borders
3506 companies; 356 restaurants; 180 bars; 89 takeaways;
Shetland Islands
1003 companies; 49 restaurants; 25 bars; 8 takeaways;
South Ayrshire
5109 companies; 441 restaurants; 185 bars; 135 takeaways;
South Lanarkshire
17917 companies; 809 restaurants; 243 bars; 61 takeaways;
Stirling
4768 companies; 0 restaurants; 0 bars; 0 takeaways;
West Dunbartonshire
2170 companies; 147 restaurants; 58 bars; 91 takeaways;
West Lothian
5916 companies; 237 restaurants; 112 bars; 177 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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