Welcome to the Scottish Parliament

  • Holyrood at night.  Picture: Jim Matthews/Sky News

    Referendum result: Scotland votes No

    The referendum on Scottish independence was held yesterday, with voters asked "Should Scotland be an independent country?" 

    The final result was announced this morning by the Chief Counting Officer, with 45% voting Yes and 55% voting No.

    Find out more at Elections Scotland

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    Frequently asked questions


    Referendum result: Scotland votes No

  • Presiding Officer

    PO: challenges ahead for political institutions

    The Presiding Officer, Rt Hon Tricia Marwick MSP, made a statement today in response to the result of the independence referendum. Saying "Scotland’s record-breaking voter turnout has created opportunities but also significant challenges for political parties and institutions in Scotland", she has called for reforms to reinvigorate democratic life in Scotland.


    PO: challenges ahead for political institutions

  • Seats in the public gallery

    Next week's Chamber Business

    The next Chamber business takes place on Tuesday 23rd September at 2pm with Time for Reflection, which will be led by the Presiding Officer, the Rt Hon Tricia Marwick MSP. 

    This will be followed by a statement from the First Minister, the Rt Hon Alex Salmond MSP, which the Parliament will then debate.

    See Business Bulletin for full details


    Next week's Chamber Business

  • Guided tour

    Visiting the Parliament

    The Scottish Parliament is open to visitors between 10am and 5pm from Monday to Saturday.

    There is no formal parliamentary business happening during the recess period, but FREE public tours are still available – booking in advance is strongly advised as well as arriving early in case there are queues.

    Find out more


    Visiting the Parliament


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    The Debating Chamber from the back

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