Regional Profiles

The Highlands and Islands of Scotland is a geographically diverse region approximately the size of Belgium.

Forming the northern half of Scotland, the Highlands and Islands is home to more than 435,000 people with strong cultural and historical roots. Inverness, the capital of the Highlands and Islands, is a thriving modern city, home to over 55,000 people and a focus for administration, culture and transport.

The region is well connected by road, rail, air and sea, with the hub airport at Inverness offering easy access to major UK airports and a gateway to Europe. Broadband communications are also widely available throughout the Highlands and Islands, readily providing high speed data connections for business.

Find out more about the Highlands and Islands with these thumbnail sketches of the region which echo the makeup of the Highlands and Islands Enterprise Network:

Regional Information

For detailed regional information visit the area profile pages on the HIE website

These links will open in a new window


The explore programme provides news, case studies, supply chain industry database, and details about the growing energy industry in the Highlands and Islands...

External Links