council area of Scotland

Aberdeenshire (Scottish Gaelic: Siorrachd Obar Dheathain) is the name of both a county and of one of the 32 unitary council areas in Scotland. The two are not the same area.

Siorrachd Obar Dheathain
Aberdeenshire within Scotland
Aberdeenshire within Scotland
Coordinates: 57°9′3.6″N 2°7′22.8″W / 57.151000°N 2.123000°W / 57.151000; -2.123000
Admin HQAberdeen
 • BodyAberdeenshire Council
 • ControlCon + LD + Ind (council NOC)
 • MPs
 • MSPs
 • Total2,437 sq mi (6,313 km2)
 • RankRanked 4th
 (mid-2016 est.)
 • Total262,200
 • RankRanked 6th
 • Density110/sq mi (41/km2)
ONS codeS12000034
ISO 3166 codeGB-ABD

County change

County of Aberdeenshire

Aberdeenshire stretches from the east coast of Scotland up into the mountains. It is between Kincardineshire and Angus (south) and Banffshire (west). Aberdeen is the county town.

Aberdeenshire is mainly countryside and mountain, except in Aberdeen. Aberdeen is one of Britain's richest towns because it serves the North Sea oil rigs.

Fraserburgh is a large fishing port.

Council area change


The Aberdeenshire council area takes in the historic counties of Aberdeenshire and Kincardineshire and half of Banffshire. It does not include Aberdeen City though, which is a Council Area in its own right. However, Aberdeenshire Council does have its headquarters at Woodhill House, in Aberdeen; the only Scottish council whose headquarters are based outside its area's border.

Aberdeenshire borders Angus and Perth and Kinross to the south, and Highland and Moray to the west.