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
electoral region
for the Scottish Parliament
Highlands and Islands shown within Scotland
Population448,311 (2019)[1]
Current electoral region
MSPsScottish National Party 7
Conservative 4
Liberal Democrats 2
Labour 1
Scottish Greens 1
Council areasArgyll and Bute (part)
Moray (part)
Na h-Eileanan Siar
Orkney Islands
Shetland Islands
ConstituenciesArgyll 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.