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Areas of Scotland

Since 1996, Scotland is split in to 32 Unitary Authorities; prior to this, the split was designated by Council Regions and Districts (1975-1996) and Counties (pre 1975). Below is a list of the various areas within Scotland, both present and historical:

A B C D E F G H I J K L M N O P Q R S T U V W X Y Z

  • Aberdeen (District of Grampian Region 1975-1996; City Council from 1996 to date)
  • Aberdeenshire (County Council until 1975; Council from 1996 to date)
  • Angus (County Council from 1928-1975, previously known as Forfarshire; District of Tayside Region 1975-1996; Council from 1996 to date)
  • Annandale and Eskdale (District of Dumfries & Galloway Region 1975-1996)
  • Argyll (County Council until 1975)
  • Argyll and Bute (District of Strathclyde Region 1975-1996; Council from 1996 to date)
  • Ayrshire (County Council until 1975)
  • Badenoch and Strathspey (District of Highland Region 1975-1996)
  • Banff and Buchan (District of Grampian Region 1975-1996)
  • Banffshire (County Council until 1975)
  • Bearsden and Milngavie (District of Strathclyde Region 1975-1996)
  • Berwickshire (County Council until 1975; District of Borders Region 1975-1996)
  • Borders (Region from 1975-1996 comprising Berwickshire, Ettrick and Lauderdale, Roxburgh & Tweeddale Districts; renamed as Scottish Borders in 1996)
  • County of Bute (County Council until 1975; merged with Argyll to form Argyll and Bute)
  • Caithness (County Council until 1975; District of Highland Region 1975-1996)
  • Central (Region from 1975-1996 comprising Clackmannan, Falkirk & Stirling Districts)
  • Clackmannan (District of Central Region 1975-1996)
  • Clackmannanshire (County Council until 1975; Council from 1996 to date)
  • Clydebank (District of Strathclyde Region 1975-1996)
  • Clydesdale (District of Strathclyde Region 1975-1996)
  • Cromarty (County Council until 1890, then combined with Ross as Ross and Cromarty)
  • Cumbernauld and Kilsyth (District of Strathclyde Region 1975-1996)
  • Cumnock and Doon Valley (District of Strathclyde Region 1975-1996)
  • Cunninghame (District of Strathclyde Region 1975-1996)
  • Dumbarton (District of Strathclyde Region 1975-1996)
  • Dumfries & Galloway (Region from 1975-1996 comprising Annandale and Eskdale, Nithsdale, Stewartry & Wigtown Districts; Council from 1996 to date)
  • Dumfriesshire (County Council until 1975)
  • Dunbartonshire (County Council until 1975)
  • Dundee City (Council from 1996 to date)
  • Dundee (District of Tayside Region 1975-1996)
  • Dunfermline (District of Fife Region 1975-1996)
  • East Ayrshire (Council from 1996 to date)
  • East Dunbartonshire (Council from 1996 to date)
  • East Kilbride (District of Strathclyde Region 1975-1996)
  • East Lothian (County Council from 1921-1975, previously known as Haddingtonshire; District of Lothian Region 1975-1996; Council from 1996 to date)
  • East Renfrewshire (Council from 1996 to date)
  • Eastwood (District of Strathclyde Region 1975-1996)
  • Edinburgh (District of Lothian Region 1975-1996)
  • City of Edinburgh (Council from 1996 to date)
  • County of Edinburgh (County Council until 1921, renamed as Midlothian)
  • Elgin (County Council until 1890, renamed as County of Moray)
  • Ettrick and Lauderdale (District of Borders Region 1975-1996)
  • Falkirk (District of Central Region 1975-1996; Council from 1996 to date)
  • Fife (County Council until 1975; Region from 1975-1996 comprising Dunfermline, Kirkcaldy & North-East Fife Districts; Council from 1996 to date)
  • Forfarshire (County Council until 1928, renamed as Angus)
  • Glasgow (District of Strathclyde Region 1975-1996)
  • Glasgow City (Council from 1996 to date)
  • Gordon (District of Grampian Region 1975-1996)
  • Grampian (Region from 1975-1996 comprising Aberdeen, Banff and Buchan, Gordon, Kincardine and Deeside & Moray Districts)
  • Haddingtonshire (County Council until 1921, renamed as East Lothian)
  • Hamilton (District of Strathclyde Region 1975-1996)
  • Highland (Region from 1975-1996 comprising Badenoch and Strathspey, Caithness, Inverness, Lochaber, Nairn, Ross and Cromarty, Skye and Lochalsh & Sutherland Districts; Council from 1996 to date)
  • Inverclyde (District of Strathclyde Region 1975-1996; Council from 1996 to date)
  • Inverness (District of Highland Region 1975-1996)
  • Inverness-shire (County Council until 1975)
  • Kilmarnock and Loudoun (District of Strathclyde Region 1975-1996)
  • Kincardine and Deeside (District of Grampian Region 1975-1996)
  • Kincardineshire (County Council until 1975)
  • Kinross-shire (County Council until 1975)
  • Kirkcaldy (District of Fife Region 1975-1996)
  • Kirkcudbrightshire (County Council until 1975)
  • Kyle and Carrick (District of Strathclyde Region 1975-1996)
  • Lanarkshire (County Council until 1975)
  • Linlithgowshire (County Council until 1921, renamed as West Lothian)
  • Lochaber (District of Highland Region 1975-1996)
  • Lothian (Region from 1975-1996 comprising East Lothian, Edinburgh, Midlothian & West Lothian Districts)
  • Midlothian (County Council from 1921-1975, previously known as County of Edinburgh; District of Lothian Region 1975-1996; Council from 1996 to date)
  • Monklands (District of Strathclyde Region 1975-1996)
  • Motherwell (District of Strathclyde Region 1975-1996)
  • Moray (District of Grampian Region 1975-1996; Council from 1996 to date)
  • County of Moray (County Council from 1890-1975, previously known as Elgin)
  • Nairn (District of Highland Region 1975-1996)
  • Nairnshire (County Council until 1975)
  • Nithsdale (District of Dumfries & Galloway Region 1975-1996)
  • North Ayrshire (Council from 1996 to date)
  • North Lanarkshire (Council from 1996 to date)
  • North-East Fife (District of Fife Region 1975-1996)
  • Orkney (County Council until 1975; Islands Area from 1975-1996; Council from 1996 to date)
  • Peeblesshire (County Council until 1975)
  • Perth and Kinross (District of Tayside Region 1975-1996; Council from 1996 to date)
  • Perthshire (County Council until 1975)
  • Renfrew (District of Strathclyde Region 1975-1996)
  • Renfrewshire (County Council until 1975; Council from 1996 to date)
  • Ross (County Council until 1890, then combined with Cromarty as Ross and Cromarty)
  • Ross and Cromarty (County Council from 1890, previously Ross and Cromarty were separate County Councils; District of Highland Region 1975-1996)
  • Roxburgh (District of Borders Region 1975-1996)
  • Roxburghshire (County Council until 1975)
  • Scottish Borders (Council from 1996 to date)
  • Selkirkshire (County Council until 1975)
  • Shetland (County Council until 1975; also known as Zetland; Islands Area from 1975-1996; Council from 1996 to date)
  • Skye and Lochalsh (District of Highland Region 1975-1996)
  • South Ayrshire (Council from 1996 to date)
  • South Lanarkshire (Council from 1996 to date)
  • Stewartry (District of Dumfries & Galloway Region 1975-1996)
  • Stirling (District of Central Region 1975-1996; Council from 1996 to date)
  • Stirlingshire (County Council until 1975)
  • Strathclyde (Region from 1975-1996 comprising Argyll, Bearsden and Milngavie, Clydebank, Clydesdale, Cumbernauld and Kilsyth, Cumnock and Doon Valley, Cunninghame, Dumbarton, East Kilbride, Eastwood, Glasgow, Hamilton, Inverclyde, Kilmarnock and Loudoun, Kyle and Carrick, Monklands, Motherwell, Renfrew & Strathkelvin Districts)
  • Strathkelvin (District of Strathclyde Region 1975-1996)
  • Sutherland (County Council until 1975; District of Highland Region 1975-1996)
  • Tayside (Region from 1975-1996 comprising Angus, Dundee & Perth and Kinross Districts)
  • Tweeddale (District of Borders Region 1975-1996)
  • West Dunbartonshire (Council from 1996 to date)
  • West Lothian (County Council from 1921-1975, previously known as Linlithgowshire; District of Lothian Region 1975-1996; Council from 1996 to date)
  • Western Isles (Islands Area from 1975-1996; Council from 1996 to date)
  • Wigtown (District of Dumfries & Galloway Region 1975-1996)
  • Wigtownshire (County Council until 1975)

A separate list of cities, towns and villages is also available as well as a map index showing the current council areas.

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