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Inner Moray Firth

Discover what life is like in the beating heart of the Highlands.

About the Inner Moray Firth

Stretching from Ross-shire down to Strathspey and Badenoch, Inner Moray Firth is the most densely populated area of the Highlands and Islands.

The Port of Cromarty Firth, with its easy access to the North Sea, is an economic hub which provides one in six jobs in the local area. It has the supply chain, skills, and facilities to provide first-class services for cargo and cruise ships, drilling and production companies, renewable energy and decommissioning projects. A total investment of £30m (£7.7m from HIE) in late 2018 supported the expansion of the port to increase capacity and service the offshore renewables market as well as the world’s largest cruise ships, with the expected creation of around 140 jobs.

Food and drink is a major employer in the area. Some of the world’s best whiskies are made here, and local distilleries attract thousands of visitors each year.

It’s not just the whisky that brings the tourists. The area boasts some of the most beautiful scenery in the country around the Beauly, Cromarty and Moray Firth coastlines, and world-famous attractions such as Loch Ness, Cairngorms National Park, and Culloden are all on its doorstep.

The area is served by excellent road, rail and ferry connections. Inverness Airport offers flights between several domestic and international hubs including Heathrow, Gatwick, and Amsterdam. In a passenger vote, the airport was voted best in Scotland in 2018.

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Highland life

Vibrant communities and an amazing quality of life. See our film to hear from some of the people who live and work here. Want to join us? Click through to find out how we can help you base your business here.

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The support and guidance from HIE has been instrumental to growth, allowing us not only to significantly expand our reach in international markets but to invest in building an incredibly committed and talented staff team.
Stevie Christie, Director, Wilderness Scotland


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