Argyll and the Islands is a beautiful and diverse area in the south-west of Scotland and is renowned for its scenery, wildlife and biodiversity

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HIE's focus in this area includes renewable energy developments around the Pentland Firth and developing John O'Groats as a quality tourism destination.

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The Inner Moray Firth area regularly scores high in quality of life surveys, combining the attractions of city living with a rich culture and history.

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Lochaber, Skye and Wester Ross covers much of the West Highlands, an area which includes some of Scotland's most stunning scenery.

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Moray has some of the strongest food and drink export businesses in Scotland, including some of the world's leading brands of whisky.

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Orkney is a cluster of islands centred around the Orkney mainland. The islands are about 85 km from north to south and 37 km from east to west.

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The Outer Hebrides are a chain of islands off the west coast of Scotland, stretching from the north of Lewis, south to Barra. Each island and each community has its own distinctive character.

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Exciting projects such as the £12 million Mareel Creative Industries Centre in Lerwick, community-led projects such as those in Fetlar which are boosting the local population of Shetland. 

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