Argyll and Bute's population of 86,260 (National Records of Scotland's 2018 Mid-Year Populations Estimates) is spread across the second largest local authority area in Scotland covering a land area of 690,946 hectares (2011 Census). Argyll and Bute has the fifth sparsest population of the 32 local authorities, with an area population density of 0.12 persons per hectare. This compares to a Scottish average of 0.70 persons per hectare (Mid-2017 Population Estimates).
The council area is bounded by the urban areas of Helensburgh and Dunoon along the Clyde, Loch Lomond to the East, the Mull of Kintyre to the south, Atlantic Islands to the west, and the Sound of Mull and Appin to the north.
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