Lochaber, Skye and Wester Ross covers much of the West Highlands and is an area which includes some of Scotland's most stunning scenery.
The population of Lochaber, Skye and Wester Ross has shown steady, sometimes spectacular growth over the last 30 years, although many smaller rural communities have lost population to the larger centres.
Much of the overall increase has been fuelled by immigration, particularly people retiring to the area. Many young people continue to leave in pursuit of tertiary education.
Lochaber, Skye and Wester Ross is the area in Scotland which sends the highest percentage of its school students to university. While this is a tribute to a well-educated population, it also highlights the lack of opportunity for vocational training in the area, and the narrowness of the local economic base.Show more
The result is a skewed demographic chart with a 'missing generation' of young people, and a population older than the Highlands and Islands average. The population overall is widely dispersed, with many living in remote scattered communities where population density is among the lowest on the country.
The figures present two important challenges. First, of all the areas in the Highlands and Islands, Lochaber, Skye and Wester Ross has the highest number of its overall population and businesses living in fragile areas. Second, it reinforces the importance of the educational sector, whether this be the establishment of the West Highland College or the achievement of full university status by the University of the Highlands and Islands.Show less
Highland Activities started life with two enthusiasts working out of a shed in a field in Lochaber. It now boasts centres in three different locations, a sales office, 16 permanent staff and ambitious plans on how it can continue to grow.
UK’s largest sawmill doubles growth in Fort William.
A local community group have opened the state of the art GALE Centre at Achtercairn in Gairloch which will provide a range of facilities for both visitors and locals.
Energy sector supply chain companies across the Highlands and Islands are being encouraged by Highlands and Islands Enterprise (HIE) to consider applying to the Decommissioning Challenge Fund (DCF).
Entrepreneurs from across the Highlands and Islands are encouraged to attend new masterclasses to help scale up their businesses.
A study into the importance of local banking services in rural areas has recommended a ‘whole system response’ to meeting the banking needs of communities and businesses.
Nearly 3,000 young people have so far taken part in an online survey into their changing attitudes and aspirations in relation to the Highlands and Islands.
Young people across Lochaber, Skye and Wester Ross are being encouraged to take part in a major new survey, which is underway.
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Mallaig's new yachting facility, which can provide berths for up to 48 yachts, was part funded under the Sail West project and co-financed by Mallaig Harbour Authority, HIE and The Highland Council.
Every morning between 7.30am and 9.00am the inhabitants of Skye and Lochalsh can wake up to breakfast with community radio station Cuillin FM.