Average house prices in Scotland increased by 5.4% between April and May 2021, reversing a 4.1% fall in the previous month, according to provisional statistics from the UK house price index released by Registers of Scotland. The overall average figure of £171,448 was also 12.1% higher than in May 2020, when the market was significantly affected by the first coronavirus lockdown. Across the UK as a whole, the average price of £254,624 was up 0.9% on the previous month and up 10.0% on May 2020. All 32 local authority areas in Scotland showed a year-on-year increase. The largest mainland increase (Orkney and Shetland both saw rises of more than 30%) was in Inverclyde (20.2%), followed by East Dunbartonshire (18.9%), Argyll & Bute (17.8%) and East Renfrewshire (16.4%). The smallest increase was recorded in Angus (1.7%), followed by Moray (2.1%) and City of Aberdeen (2.6%).