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Scotland is a country that is part of the United Kingdom. Occupying the northern third of the island of Great Britain, it shares a border with England to the south and is bounded by the North Sea to the east, the Atlantic Ocean to the north and west, and the North Channel and Irish Sea to the southwest. In addition to the mainland, Scotland consists of over 790 islands including the Northern Isles and the Hebrides. The country’s capital is Edinburgh.

Scotland is derived from the Latin Scoti, the term applied to Gaels, people from what is now Scotland and Ireland, and the Dál Riata who are thought to have originated from Ireland and migrated to western Scotland. Accordingly, the Late Latin word Scotia (“land of the Gaels”) was initially used to refer to Ireland. However, by the 11th century at the latest, Scotia was being used to refer to (Gaelic-speaking) Scotland north of the river Forth, alongside Albania or Albany, both derived from the Gaelic Alba. The use of the words Scots and Scotland to encompass all of what is now Scotland became common in the Late Middle Ages.

Scotland’s head of state is the monarch of the United Kingdom, currently Queen Elizabeth II (since 1952). Scotland has partial self-government within the United Kingdom as well as representation in the UK Parliament. Executive and legislative powers have been devolved to, respectively, the Scottish Government and the Scottish Parliament at Holyrood in Edinburgh. The United Kingdom Parliament retains power over a set list of areas explicitly specified in the Scotland Act 1998 as reserved matters.

Scottish Government
Scottish government news and information covering government publications, reports and consultations from the Scottish Government Scottish Executive , the devolved government for Scotland Political news from the Scottish Government Latest Scottish Government publications.
Scottish Parliament
Find out about how the Parliament is run – management groups, policies and publications, procurement, allowances and finance
Historic Scotland
Historic Scotland is an executive agency of the Scottish Government and we are charged with safeguarding the nation’s historic environment and promoting its understanding and enjoyment on behalf of Scottish Ministers
The Official Gateway to Scotland
The OFFICIAL gateway to Scotland provides information on Scottish culture and living, working, studying, visiting, and doing business in Scotland.
Gazetteer for Scotland
A vast encyclopedia of Scottish towns, villages, geographical features, historic sites, family names and famous people.

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