2019 Reviews of Electoral Arrangements

We submitted our final proposals on councillor numbers and wards for Argyll and Bute, Highland and North Ayrshire Council areas to Scottish Ministers on 10 June 2021, and for Na h-Eileanan an Iar, Orkney Islands and Shetland Islands Council areas on 28 May 2021.

These final proposals arise from the 2019 Review of Electoral Arrangements which began in January 2019.

The Islands (Scotland) Act 2018 required us to review the six councils containing inhabited islands (Argyll and Bute, Highland, North Ayrshire, Orkney Islands, Shetland Islands and Na h-Eileanan an Iar) as soon as practicable so that government and the public sector meet the needs of island communities now and in the future.

Details of our proposals are available in the reports below, along with supporting documentation, which provides background to this review.

The Scottish Parliament approved our final proposals for North Ayrshire, Na h-Eileanan an Iar, Orkney Islands and Shetland Islands Council areas and these will be used in the May 2022 local government elections. Our final proposals for Argyll and Bute and Highland Council areas were not approved by Parliament.

Supporting Information

News Release: Final Proposals for Argyll and Bute, Highland and North Ayrshire Council areas submitted to Scottish Ministers

News Release: Final Proposals for Na h-Eileanan an Iar, Orkney Islands and Shetland Islands council areas submitted to Scottish Ministers

Islands Reviews commence (14 January 2019)

Electorate Data and methodology for forecasting electorate

Islands (Scotland) Act 2018, see Part 4

Scottish Elections (Reform) Act 2020

Islands Communities Impact Assessment Summary (2021)


Scottish Statutory Instruments

SSI 2021/369 Na h-Eileanan an Iar (Electoral Arrangements) Regulations 2021

SSI 2021/370 North Ayrshire (Electoral Arrangements) Regulations 2021

SSI 2021/371 Orkney Islands (Electoral Arrangements) Regulations 2021

SSI 2021/372 Shetland Islands (Electoral Arrangements) Regulations 2021


Final Reports and Maps

Argyll and Bute Council Area - Final Report

Argyll and Bute SSI Maps (2021)

Highland Council Area - Final Report

North Ayrshire Council Area - Final Report

North Ayrshire SSI Maps (2021)

Na h-Eileanan an Iar Council Area - Final Report

Na h-Eileanan an Iar SSI Maps (2021)

Orkney Islands Council Area - Final Report

Orkney Islands SSI Maps (2021)

Shetland Islands Council Area - Final Report

Shetland Islands SSI Maps (2021)


GIS Data submitted to Ordnance Survey (effective from 5 May 2022)

Orkney Islands - GIS Data Final Recommendations

Shetland Islands - GIS Data Final Recommendations

Na h-Eileanan an Iar - GIS Data Final Recommendations

North Ayrshire - GIS Data Final Recommendations


Our webmaps show the existing and proposed boundaries, by selecting the layers icon, for Argyll and Bute, HighlandNorth AyrshireOrkney Islands, Shetland Islands and Na h-Eileanan an Iar Council areas.