Highlands and Islands (Scottish Parliament electoral region)
The Highlands and Islands is one of the eight electoral regions of the Scottish Parliament which were created in 1999. Eight of the parliament's first past the post constituencies are sub-divisions of the region and it elects seven of the 56 additional-member Members of the Scottish Parliament (MSPs).
|Highlands and Islands|
for the Scottish Parliament
|Current electoral region|
|MSPs||Scottish National Party 7|
Liberal Democrats 2
Scottish Greens 1
|Council areas||Argyll and Bute (part)|
Na h-Eileanan Siar
|Constituencies||Argyll and Bute|
Caithness, Sutherland and Ross
Inverness and Nairn
Na h-Eileanan an Iar
Skye, Lochaber and Badenoch
The name Highlands and Islands is much older than the electoral region. The Highlands and Islands area has a large area of overlap with the Scottish Highlands, and the two names are often regarded as representing the same area.
The Highlands and Islands region is the largest of the eight electoral regions in terms of area, but the smallest in terms of population and electorate. It has boundaries with the North East Scotland, Mid Scotland and Fife and the West Scotland electoral regions.