Scottish Islands Typology: overview 2024

This report outlines the Scottish Islands Typology (2024). It classifies Scotland’s islands into ten categories based on combinations of population, access to local amenities, and access to mainland Scotland. It offers an alternative way to compare the differences and similarities between islands.


Gow’s Typology of Scotland’s Islands: Technical note (2023)

Hot Spots and Not Spots: Addressing Infrastructure and Service Provision through Combined Approaches in Rural Scotland, Skerratt, S. (2010)

Household and Dwelling Estimates of Scottish Island Regions (2023)

Inhabited Islands Report, National Records of Scotland (2015)

Islands (Scotland) Act 2018

National Islands Plan, Scottish Government (2019)

National Islands Plan Survey: final report, Scottish Government (2021)

National Records of Scotland Scottish Island Regions Population dashboard (2022)

Population Estimates of Scottish Island Regions (2011 Data Zone based), National Records of Scotland (2023)

Scotland’s Census 2001 Statistics for Inhabited Islands, General Register Office for Scotland (2003)

Scottish Government Urban Rural Classification 2020, Scottish Government (2020)

Scottish Islands Data Dashboard, Scottish Government (2023)

Scottish Islands: data overview, Scottish Government (2023)

Scottish Island Regions 2023: best-fitting data zones (2023)

Scottish Island Regions Geographic Information Systems files (2023)

Scottish Island Regions 2023: Overview, Scottish Government (2023)

Scottish Island Region Populations and Households 2022, National Records of Scotland

Small area population estimates for Scotland, 2021 (interactive map)

Sub-National Population Projections, National Records of Scotland

Sub-Scotland Economic Statistics Database (2023)

Understanding the Scottish rural economy: research paper (2018)



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