Highland profile - key facts and figures


We serve a third of the land area of Scotland including the most remote and sparsely populated parts of the United Kingdom. We have the 7th highest population of the 32 authorities in Scotland.

The total land area including all islands at low water is 26,484 square kilometres. This is 33 per cent of Scotland and 11.4 per cent of Great Britain. It is 10 times larger than Luxembourg, 20 per cent larger than Wales, and nearly the size of Belgium.

The length of coastline including islands at low water is 4,905 kilometres, 21 per cent of the Scottish total, and excluding islands is 1,900 kilometres (49 per cent of Scotland). Argyll and Bute has the next longest coastline with 3,723 kilometres, then Western Isles with 3,716 kilometres.   Map of the Highlands

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