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Corrections and Revisions
We have made some small revisions to the files below since they were initially published. For more details please refer to the Geography Revisions and Corrections page.

Background Information on Civil Parishes and Islands
(Adobe Acrobat Portable Document Format (PDF) 1.3 Kb)

Civil Parishes
Civil parish boundaries are maintained by Geography branch. Civil parishes no longer have an adminstrative function in Scotland but the dataset is useful from an historical perspective.

Civil Parish boundaries
Shapefiles provided in Zip format that can be used for census statistics.

Please note: The files above are Zipfiles, the following files are quite large so may take a few minutes to download.

For a considerable period of time there has been an interest in statistics relating to Scotland's inhabited islands. The following dataset only requires amendment where an inhabited island is no longer populated, or vice versa.

Island boundaries
Provided in Zip format that can be used for census statistics.
Islands 2011
Islands 2020

Island Groups boundaries
Shapefiles provided in Zip format that can be used for 2011 Census statistics.

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