About the area

The Highlands and Islands are home to more than 450,000 people and offer variety with the opportunity to live in the vibrant and bustling city of Inverness or lead a laid-back way of living in some of the more remote corners.

The area's rich cultural heritage make the tourist industry a significant sector and its history, music, and language can be experienced in many historical sites, music festivals and arts centres, as well as within the local communities.

The region boasts an excellent education system. Children have the opportunity to be educated bilingually through the medium of Gaelic and the country's first dedicated Gaelic medium school is located in Inverness. The University of the Highlands and Islands is the UK's newest university and offers students a choice of 13 colleges and research centres across the Highlands and Islands.

There's plenty to explore with easy access to Britain's largest National Park in the Cairngorms, beaches on the Moray Coast, and stunning scenery along the North Coast 500 route. The dramatic landscape and mountains are ideal for those of a more adventurous mind and Fort William – often called Scotland's outdoor capital – hosts the UCI Mountain Bike World Cup annually.

If you fancy travelling a little bit further afield however, Inverness Airport provides easy links to London, Belfast, Manchester and Amsterdam, as well as flights to the Northern Isles and the Western Isles.

Offering the best of both worlds, the Highlands and Islands are an attractive place for both those looking to escape city life or relocate to a lively and safe city environment.

Find out more

You can find out more about what the Highlands and Islands have to offer on the VisitScotland website.

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