Wigtown was a district council area which existed from 1975 to 1996. It was one of four district councils that delivered a range of local level services within the wider area of the region of Dumfries & Galloway, which over this period was one of the 12 regions into which Scotland was divided.
Wigtown was formed by joining together the traditional county of Wigtownshire with the western parts of the traditional county of Kirkcudbrightshire. The main settlements were Newton Stewart, Stranraer, Whithorn and Wigtown itself. It was bordered on the east by the district of Stewartry, also a district of Dumfries & Galloway; and to the north by Kyle & Carrick and Cumnock & Doon Valley, both districts of Strathclyde Region.
When regions disappeared from the scene in the 1996 reorganisation, the area of Wigtown became part of the unitary council area of Dumfries & Galloway. For administrative purposes, Dumfries & Galloway is divided by the council into four management areas. These use the names and follow the boundaries of the earlier districts, so the area of Wigtown District now forms the Wigtown management area of Dumfries & Galloway.