Highland (council area)

Highland (Scottish Gaelic: A' Ghàidhealtachd, pronounced [ˈkɛːəl̪ˠt̪əxk];[lower-alpha 1] Scots: Hieland) is a council area in the Scottish Highlands and is the largest local government area in the United Kingdom. It was the 7th most populous council area in Scotland at the 2011 census. It shares borders with the council areas of Aberdeenshire, Argyll and Bute, Moray and Perth and Kinross. Their councils, and those of Angus and Stirling, also have areas of the Scottish Highlands within their administrative boundaries.

A' Ghàidhealtachd (Scottish Gaelic)
Hieland (Scots)
Coordinates: 57°30′N 5°00′W
Sovereign stateUnited Kingdom
Lieutenancy areasInverness, Nairn, Ross and Cromarty, Sutherland, Caithness
Admin HQInverness
  BodyThe Highland Council
  ControlInd + LD + Lab (council NOC)
  Total9,906 sq mi (25,657 km2)
  RankRanked 1st
  RankRanked 7th
  Density24/sq mi (9.2/km2)
ONS codeS12000017
ISO 3166 codeGB-HLD

The Highland area covers most of the mainland and inner-Hebridean parts of the historic counties of Inverness-shire and Ross and Cromarty, all of Caithness, Nairnshire and Sutherland and small parts of Argyll and Moray. Despite its name, the area does not cover the entire Scottish Highlands.

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