Scottish Boundary mapping

Do you need Scottish boundary mapping for your research?

From electoral constituencies and local authority areas, to health boards and historical counties, we can help. See below for just some of the boundary mapping resources available.


Scottish boundary mapping

Scottish Parliamentary Constituencies and Electoral Regions

Scotland’s 73 constituencies and 8 regional constituencies elect 129 MSPs.

Boundaries Scotland
Ordnance Survey Election Maps

Custom Digimap showing the Scottish Parliamentary Kelvin Constituency boundary for 1999-2011 (dark green) and the current Kelvin Constituency boundary (light green). Contains OS Data © Crown Copyright and database rights 2021 Ordnance Survey (100025252)

Scottish Parliamentary (Westminster) Constituencies

Scotland has 59 of the UK’s 650 parliamentary constituencies.

Boundary Commission for Scotland
Ordnance Survey Election Maps

Scottish Unitary (Local) Authority Areas

Each of Scotland’s 32 local authority, or Council, areas are further sub-divided into areas known as wards.
Boundaries Scotland
National Library of Scotland Boundaries Viewer
Ordnance Survey Election Maps

Scottish Counties

Scotland was historically divided by counties, lasting until 1975.

Ordnance Survey 1st Edition County Indexes 19th Century
National Library of Scotland Boundaries Viewer

National Library of Scotland Boundaries Viewer, showing County and Parish details for Glasgow in the 1950s. Reproduced with the permission of the National Library of Scotland.

Scottish Parishes

Originally related to the church area and later used much like a modern-day council, Scottish parishes have been in existence since the middle ages.

National Library of Scotland Boundaries Viewer

NHS Health Boards

Scotland has 14 regional NHS Boards.

Scottish Government Spatial Data

Scottish Government map showing the NHS Health Boards

Creating your own custom boundary mapping – GIS software required

Boundary-Line™ on Digimap OS Data Download (UofG staff/students)

Contains the GB current administrative and electoral boundaries, including the following for Scotland:

Scottish Parliamentary (Westminster) Constituencies
Scottish Parliamentary Constituencies
Scottish Parliamentary Electoral Regions
Scottish Unitary (Local) Authority Areas (or Council areas) and their wards.

Digimap screenshot showing the Boundary-Line™ and Code-Point® products under the OS (Ordnance Survey) Data Download Collection. Contains OS data © Crown copyright and database rights 2021 Ordnance Survey (100025252)

Current Postcode boundaries with Code-Point® with polygons products on Digimap OS Data Download (UofG staff/students)

NHS region and areas with Code-Point® with polygons on Digimap OS Data Download (UofG staff/students)


These are some examples of the spatial boundary data available for your research. Get in touch with the Maps, Official Publications, and Statistics Unit by email for any help locating mapping materials. Monday to Friday, 9 am to 5 pm.



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