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
17796 companies; 685 restaurants; 370 bars; 331 takeaways;
Aberdeenshire
11866 companies; 96 restaurants; 82 bars; 92 takeaways;
Angus
3996 companies; 168 restaurants; 124 bars; 81 takeaways;
Argyll and Bute
2594 companies; 289 restaurants; 75 bars; 60 takeaways;
Clackmannanshire
1350 companies; 63 restaurants; 52 bars; 50 takeaways;
Dumfries and Galloway
2957 companies; 254 restaurants; 142 bars; 118 takeaways;
Dundee City
7807 companies; 249 restaurants; 190 bars; 195 takeaways;
East Ayrshire
3408 companies; 444 restaurants; 62 bars; 109 takeaways;
East Dunbartonshire
3285 companies; 131 restaurants; 53 bars; 81 takeaways;
East Lothian
3230 companies; 193 restaurants; 106 bars; 60 takeaways;
East Renfrewshire
4108 companies; 103 restaurants; 14 bars; 68 takeaways;
Edinburgh
56102 companies; 1094 restaurants; 458 bars; 577 takeaways;
Falkirk
5256 companies; 291 restaurants; 132 bars; 146 takeaways;
Fife
12248 companies; 586 restaurants; 415 bars; 329 takeaways;
Glasgow City
48114 companies; 1430 restaurants; 379 bars; 794 takeaways;
Highland
9843 companies; 273 restaurants; 26 bars; 41 takeaways;
Inverclyde
2260 companies; 109 restaurants; 81 bars; 74 takeaways;
Midlothian
2631 companies; 149 restaurants; 57 bars; 49 takeaways;
Moray
2622 companies; 115 restaurants; 59 bars; 58 takeaways;
Na h-Eileanan an Iar
922 companies; 128 restaurants; 25 bars; 23 takeaways;
North Ayrshire
3059 companies; 185 restaurants; 136 bars; 139 takeaways;
North Lanarkshire
10688 companies; 331 restaurants; 259 bars; 405 takeaways;
Orkney
665 companies; 115 restaurants; 11 bars; 10 takeaways;
Perth and Kinross
5642 companies; 468 restaurants; 129 bars; 146 takeaways;
Renfrewshire
7113 companies; 273 restaurants; 167 bars; 179 takeaways;
Scottish Borders
3466 companies; 351 restaurants; 178 bars; 84 takeaways;
Shetland Islands
981 companies; 47 restaurants; 23 bars; 8 takeaways;
South Ayrshire
4937 companies; 437 restaurants; 183 bars; 134 takeaways;
South Lanarkshire
17574 companies; 777 restaurants; 241 bars; 53 takeaways;
Stirling
4663 companies; 0 restaurants; 0 bars; 0 takeaways;
West Dunbartonshire
2098 companies; 143 restaurants; 58 bars; 91 takeaways;
West Lothian
5784 companies; 232 restaurants; 112 bars; 171 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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