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Live your best life in the Highlands and Islands of Scotland

Our region is frequently voted as one of the happiest places to be – why don’t you join us?

Your future in our region

More and more people are choosing to live, work, study and invest in the Highlands and Islands of Scotland. Quite simply put, it’s because our region offers you the chance to live your best life, right here.

Whether it's the great outdoors that floats your boat, a ceilidh with your friends that makes your head spin, or even a trip back in time at one of the hundreds of historical sites that makes your heart beat faster, you can experience it all here. 

You’ve probably already heard that the Highlands and Islands is a stunningly beautiful region. But did you know, the area is also packed with thriving businesses, social enterprises and communities? It's the perfect place to develop the career you want with the lifestyle you deserve.

Work in our region

The Highlands and Islands of Scotland offers exceptional and often unique opportunities to build a career.

We have a highly talented and diverse workforce as well as an excellent network of suppliers, industries and supply chain operations. We have a strong labour market with higher employment, lower unemployment and more employees in high or medium skilled occupations than Scotland as a whole.

Find out who is working here and what opportunities exist today.

Working and studying here

Our leading sectors 

Our region’s natural assets, ambition, skills base and cultural background provide a range of opportunities to develop a vibrant sectoral economy.

If you're looking at options for a challenging career, find out more about our sectors.

Our sectors

 

Our region

470,000

people stay in the Highlands and Islands - we've room for more...

2.3%

is the low rate of unemployment in the region

1

our region is frequently voted as the happiest place to live

20

lower weekly cost of living than London

Live in the Highlands and Islands

There's so much to see and do in the Highlands and Islands and a lifestyle to suit everyone. 

Warm and friendly people, vibrant towns, thriving communities and stunning scenery – what’s not to love? These are just a few of the reasons people around the world choose to live and work in the Highlands and Islands.

See our videos below to hear from international residents living here.

Get help to move here

TalentScotland is a great resource if you’re considering the move. They’ve been helping people develop their careers in Scotland for almost 20 years. They provide information about visas and immigration, industries and employers and job opportunities. 

Visit the TalentScotland website 

 

 

It's easy to make the move

Have a look through our videos to hear from people who've already made the move from across the globe to the Highlands and Islands.

Pierre Bonnin is a French/Scottish national living and working in Scotland.

Cristian Pizarro is a Chilean national living and working in Scotland.

Manuel Alvarez-Icaza is a Mexican national living and working in Scotland.

Pamela Looper is a Dutch national living and working in Scotland.

Pawel de Sternberg Stojalowski is a Polish national based here

Study here

With seven universities in the region and a network of further and higher education institutes, there's no lack of choice when it comes to studying in the Highlands and Islands. 

The University of the Highlands and Islands (UHI) is an integrated university encompassing both further and higher education. And, in true Highlands style, it’s a little bit different.

UHI is a partnership of 13 independent colleges and research institutions. Each is locally based and rooted in communities but with a national and international reach.

The network offer a diverse range of courses, many that take advantage of the unique environment, landscape and culture that can only be found in the Highlands and Islands.

Visit UHI 

In addition to UHI, the other six universities with a presence in the region are Heriot Watt, University of Aberdeen, SRUC (Scottish Rural College), Glasgow School of Art and Robert Gordon University.   

Outside view of Orkney Research and Innovation Centre

Base your business here

Want to invest in the area? We can help.

Set up in the Highlands and Islands

Sunset view of the Calanais stones at the Calanais Visitor Centre

Visit

Ready to fall in love with our region? Then why not come for a visit. It could be the first step on your adventure of a lifetime.

Plan your trip

Support the #behere campaign

Businesses, communities and agencies are all sharing good news and opportunities from across the Highlands and Islands.

If you want to find out more visit our campaign page for resources and information you can use.

#behere campaign resource bank