Highland Council

Key facts

Who runs the council? Total seats Council tax

Ind/Lib Dem/Lab coalition


Band D, £1,163

  • The population of the council area stood at 220,500 in 2009 and the authority employs about 11,900 full and part-time workers.
  • The council's budget stands at about £600m.
Highland Council map
  • The Highland Council area, including all islands at low water, is 26,484 square kilometres. That represents 33% of Scotland and 11.4% of Great Britain. It is 10 times larger than Luxembourg, 20% larger than Wales, and nearly the size of Belgium.
  • The highest mountain in the British Isles, Ben Nevis, is located within the council area at the western end of the Grampian Mountains in the Lochaber area of the Scottish Highlands, close to the town of Fort William.
  • Approximately 15% of Highland is forested, including more than 300,000 hectares of commercial forest.
  • The administrative headquarters of the local authority is in the city of Inverness.
  • There are 22 multi-member wards on Highland Council, electing 80 councillors.

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