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Highland is a council area in the Scottish Highlands and is the largest local government area in the United Kingdom. It was the 7th most populous council area at the 2011 census. It shares borders with the council areas of AberdeenshireArgyll and ButeMoray and Perth and Kinross. Their councils, and those of Angus and Stirling, also have areas of the Scottish Highlands within their administrative boundaries.

The Highland area covers most of the mainland and inner-Hebridean parts of the historic counties of Inverness-shire and Ross and Cromarty, all of CaithnessNairnshireand Sutherland and small parts of Argyll and Moray.