Tourism Organisations

As well as The Highland Council, a number of other organisations are involved in tourism in the Highlands. These include:-


VisitScotland is the national tourism agency in Scotland and is responsible for marketing Scotland, running the Tourist Information Centre network and engaging with the Tourism industry. Services for the Highlands are provided through their Highland network office in Strathpeffer.

Highlands & Islands Enterprise

Highlands and Islands Enterprise and their network of Local Enterprise Companies work to help create a strong, diverse and sustainable economy in the Highlands and Islands. Their activities include business support services, provision of training and learning programmes and assisting community and cultural projects.

Scottish Natural Heritage

SNH's tourism work aims to help local communities and businesses make best-use of opportunities for developing tourism that continues to deliver the best quality visitor experience supported by a high quality natural environment . Their Area offices provide advice and guidance over tourism development, training and site management, provide funding for projects that deliver destination services for tourism, eg Ranger services, local information and path networks as well as work with others to provide and manage visitor attractions, such as National Nature Reserves that are important in attracting visitors to the region.

Forestry Commission Scotland

The Forestry Commission is the Government Department responsible for forestry policy in Scotland. The mission of the Forestry Commission is to protect and expand Scotland's forests and woodlands and increase their value to society and the environment through sustainable forest management. Included in this work are the provision of facilities for visitors such as picnic areas, walks, mountain bike routes and forest based accommodation.

Cairngorms National Park Authority

The Cairngorms National Park is Britain's largest National Park with almost half its land area and most of its population lying within Highland. The National Park Authority works in partnership with other public agencies and local service providers to deliver the 4 aims of the National Park:
- To conserve and enhance the area's natural and cultural heritage
- To promote sustainable use of the area's natural resources
- To promote understanding and enjoyment of the Park's special qualities
- To promote sustainable economic and social development of local communities


HITRANS (Highlands and Islands Transport Partnership) is a statutory body that works to pursue improvements to transport services and infrastructure in the Highlands and Islands of Scotland.