South Lanarkshire

South Lanarkshire (Scots: Sooth Lanrikshire; Scottish Gaelic: Siorrachd Lannraig a Deas) is one of 32 unitary authorities of Scotland. It borders the south-east of the City of Glasgow and contains some of Greater Glasgow's suburban towns, also containing many rural towns and villages. It also shares borders with Dumfries and Galloway, East Ayrshire, East Renfrewshire, North Lanarkshire, the Scottish Borders and West Lothian. It includes most of the historic county of Lanarkshire.

South Lanarkshire
Scots: Sooth Lanrikshire
Scottish Gaelic: Siorrachd Lannraig a Deas
South Lanarkshire in Scotland.svg
Coat of arms of South Lanarkshire
Coordinates: 55°36′N 3°47′W / 55.600°N 3.783°W / 55.600; -3.783Coordinates: 55°36′N 3°47′W / 55.600°N 3.783°W / 55.600; -3.783
Sovereign stateUnited Kingdom
Lieutenancy areaLanarkshire
Admin HQHamilton
 • BodySouth Lanarkshire Council
 • ControlLabour minority (council NOC)
 • MPs
 • MSPs
 • Total684 sq mi (1,772 km2)
 • RankRanked 11th
 (mid-2019 est.)
 • Total319,020
 • RankRanked 5th
 • Density470/sq mi (180/km2)
ONS codeS12000029
ISO 3166 codeGB-SLK
Largest townEast Kilbride
Largest urban areaHamilton, South Lanarkshire


South Lanarkshire is served by the South Lanarkshire Council. The council has its headquarters in Hamilton, has 16,000 employees, and a budget of almost £1bn.


The large and varied geographical territory takes in rural and upland areas, market towns such as Lanark, Strathaven and Carluke, the urban burghs of Rutherglen, Cambuslang, and East Kilbride which was Scotland's first new town.

Principal settlementsEdit


Settlement Population
Blantyre 16,800
Cambuslang 30,790
Carluke 13,810
East Kilbride 75,310
Hamilton 54,480
Lanark 8,880
Larkhall 15,030
Rutherglen 30,950
Strathaven 8,090

Other settlementsEdit

Places of interestEdit

Tertiary educationEdit

See alsoEdit


  1. ^ "Mid-2020 Population Estimates for Settlements and Localities in Scotland". National Records of Scotland. 31 March 2022. Retrieved 31 March 2022.

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