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Life in the Highlands and Islands

Find out more about our spectacular region

A spectacular place to live and work

The Highlands and Islands offers an exceptional environment to live and work: impressive mountains and world famous coastlines; a national park; the vibrant cosmopolitan city of Inverness, hundreds of towns and villages bursting with character, and around 100 idyllic islands which are home to 100,000 people.

Our region regularly earns top spot in 'quality of life surveys', and combine the attractions of city living with a rich culture and history. It's an ideal place to raise a family - we've great public and private schooling, and flexible access to skills development, further and higher education. 

You'll never be short of something to do. Imagine having global tourism attractions such as Loch Ness, the Isle of Skye and its Fairy Pools, Skara Brae, the Cairngorms, North Coast 500, the Callanish Stones, Urquhart Castle, Ben Nevis, the Bealach na Ba, and Eilean Donan Castle all on your doorstep?

Our natural assets, and the skills of our resourceful workforce, combine to create exciting opportunities in the region. Many are ground-breaking for Scotland. Examples include the life science and technology work at the 215-acre Inverness Campus; the development of the UK’s first Vertical Launch Spaceport; and the University of the Highlands and Islands School of Health.

The region is home to a range of world renowned multinational companies such as LifeScan, CapGemini, Rolls Royce, Subsea 7, BT, Atos and Norbord.

And our region is synonymous with whisky, and boasts a spectacular natural larder - with many world-famous food and drink brands. We have the ideal environmental conditions for marine science and oil, gas and renewable energy. 

Speak to us today about how to start your new life in the region.  

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Moving here was first and foremost a lifestyle decision for me, though the business benefits have turned out to be excellent too. It’s been great for the whole family – we have excellent schooling here and it’s a good quality of life.
Brendon Wallace, Founder and partner, BC Technologies

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Living and building a career in the Highlands of Scotland

Watch our film to hear from some of those who have moved from their home town to live and start a new career in the Highlands. 

Looking for more reasons to live, work, study, visit and invest in our region? Find out more about why you should be here.

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Transport and Connectivity

The Highlands and Islands are globally connected.

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Opportunities and benefits

Employers and staff benefit from working in the Highlands and Islands. Hear how The Football Pools is creating latest digital content in Moray.

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