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Caithness and Sutherland

A wealth of talent can be found in the north Highlands.

About Caithness and Sutherland

People travel the length of the country to come to the North Highlands.

It's home to Scotland's most famous drive - the North Coast 500, and to one of our most famous destinations - John O'Groats. It's no surprise that when people discover Caithness and Sutherland they want to stay.

The landscape is breathtaking, featuring iconic mountains and flat rolling moorlands. High tech companies sit side by side with vibrant, innovative SMEs. The area is also home to Scotland’s portal to the final frontier. The A'Mhoine Peninsula will become the UK’s first space port, from where rockets carrying satellites will be launched into space in the near future.

Back on earth, the Beatrice offshore project, based in Wick, is a leading example of development in the green energy sector. The decommissioning of the former nuclear power plant at Dounreay has seeded many supply chain opportunities in the region.

Rolls Royce, Subsea 7 and BT are among the global companies investing in employment in the far north of Scotland.

With the world famous Royal Dornoch golf course and an internationally recognised surf spot around the Thurso East reef, the area is a draw for outdoor sports enthusiasts. With beautiful beaches and bays, wildlife, high hills and big skies, Caithness and Sutherland has much to offer, whichever mile on a journey of 500 you’re on.

Caithness and Sutherland in numbers


growth in number of local businesses since 2010


of businesses in agriculture, forestry and fishing


of history at Smoo Cave


people employed in the health sector

Dunnet Bay Distillery

Reach the world from the Highlands and Islands. Find out how this North Highland business has grown, and then click through to see how we can help you export.


Space Hub Sutherland

Find out more about the space industry in the North Highlands.

Space Hub Sutherland

Our enterprising communities

Community-led social and economic development is key to success in many of our areas. See here how Kyle of Sutherland Development Trust don't shy away from the big projects in their community. Then check out how we can help your community.

Support for Community Organisations
We are delighted with the support we have received from HIE. It has helped us maintain steady growth of the company over many years to become a significant employer in Caithness and elsewhere.
Stephen Bremner, Chairman, Ashley Ann


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