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Political Map of Scotland

Map Showing Scotland Counties - Click on any County for its Map & Information
Political Map of Scotland Na H-Eileanan Siar County Highland County Orkeney Islands County Argyll and Bute County Perth and Kinross County Clackmannanshire County Clackmannanshire County Midlothian County Midlothian County Edinburgh County Edinburgh County Falkirk County Falkirk County West Lothian County West Lothian North Lanarkshire North Lanarkshire East Dunbartonshire East Dunbartonshire Stirling County West Dunbartonshire West Dunbartonshire Glasgow County Glasgow County East Renfrewshire County East Renfrewshire County Renfrewshire County Renfrewshire County Inverclyde County Inverclyde County North Ayrshire County South Ayrshire County East Ayrshire South Lanarshire County East Lothian County Dundee County Angus County Aberdeenshire County Moray County Aberdeen County Scottish Borders County Dumfries and Galloway County Fife County ENGLAND IRELAND NORTHERN IRELAND IRELAND Sherland Islands County
Description : Scotland Political map showing the international boundary, council areas boundaries with their capitals and national capital. Disclaimer

From the 13th century onwards, the Kingdom of Scotland had been governed by the “Estates of Scotland”, that served as the Parliament and remained functioning till the Kingdom merged with the Kingdom of England.

  It was with the signing of the Acts of Union 1707 that brought the Kingdoms of Scotland and England to unite to form the Kingdom of Great Britain. This led to the merger of Parliaments of Scotland and England to become the Parliament of Great Britain, and has been serving from Westminster in London since that period.

In 1997, the people of Scotland voted in a referendum for a separate Scottish Parliament to be established. The Scotland Act 1998 devolved greater powers to the Scottish Parliament. The Act defines the areas where the Scottish Parliament can legislate while the British Parliament holds the right to expand or restrict the areas of legislation by the Scottish Parliament. In the British cabinet, Scotland is represented by the secretary of state.

The Scottish Parliament can legislate on matters related to judiciary, law and order, economic development, education, local affairs and the NHS Scotland. Foreign affairs, defence matters, international trade, social security, monetary policy and most areas of taxation, remain with the British Parliament.

The Scottish Parliament

The Scottish Parliament is located at Holyrood, Edinburgh and is a devolved, unicameral legislature.

The electoral process in Scotland has voters, 18 years and above, elect members to the local councils, the Scottish Parliament, the House of Commons and the European Parliament. For better administration, Scotland is divided into 32 Councils that is entrusted with the responsibility of local governance and development.

The Scottish Parliament comprises 129 members called the Members of Scottish Parliament (MSPs). Of these, 73 are from single-member constituencies and 56 are elected on the basis of proportional representation from regional parties. As per the mixed member proportional representation system, members are elected for four-year terms.

The Government is headed by the First Minister, who is appointed by the Queen on recommendation of the Scottish Parliament.

The First Minister chooses his team from elected members, and after approval from Parliament, appoints them as Cabinet Secretaries. Similar procedure is followed in appointing Junior Cabinet Secretaries who assist the Cabinet Secretaries in their respective portfolios.

The present Government

The Scottish National Party (SNP) has been in power since 2007 and is presently headed by Nicola Sturgeon serving as the First Minister.

With growing nationalist calls for independence, a referendum was called on 18 September 2014 for a “Yes” – “No” vote to decide whether Scotland was to remain a part of United Kingdom or not. The “No” voters won by a small margin and Scotland remained as part of UK.

With the recent referendum in UK favouring Brexit, the debate for independence in Scotland has once again been re-ignited. Scotland would like to remain a part of EU and First Minister Nicola Sturgeon has called for snap elections in mid-2017, a move that will have a major impact on Scotland’s future.


Councils of Scotland
CouncilCouncil HQLatitudeLongitude
Aberdeenshire/AberdeenAberdeen City57.13-2.1
West LothianLivingston55.88-3.53
South LanarkshireHamilton55.77-4.03
South AyrshireAyr55.45-4.62
East AyrshireKilmarnock55.63-4.53
Perthshire and KinrossPerth56.4-3.43
North AyrshireIrvine55.6-4.67
Dumfries and GallowayDumfries55.07-3.55
North LanarkshireMotherwell55.78-4
West DunbartonshireDumbarton55.95-4.57
East DunbartonshireKirkintilloch55.92-4.17
East RenfrewshireGiffnock55.8-4.28
East LothianHaddington55.93-2.77
Shetland IslandsLerwick60.15-1.15
Orkney IslandsKirkwall58.97-2.95
Argyll and ButeLochgilphead56.03-5.42
Scottish BordersNewtown St Boswells55.57802-2.672696
Eileanan Siar (Western Isles)Stornoway58.209324-6.384963

Last Updated on: February 21, 2020