Living in the Highlands

The Highlands of Scotland is the most sought after place to live in the United Kingdom, due to the quality of life enjoyed in the area of outstanding beauty. It has a high quality environment, good schools and safe communities.

As well as being a wonderful holiday destination the Highlands are home to a quarter of a million people living in communities spread throughout the area. From the vibrant city of Inverness to remote crofting communities and sparsely populated islands. It is a rural and rugged area extending to 26,500 square kilometres from Durness in north-west Sutherland to Dalwhinnie in south Badenoch and from Ardnamurchan in the west - Britain's most westerly point - to Auldearn in the east.

What these communities have in common and  something that is particularly apparent to visitors is that they are all part of an area which is culturally distinct - influenced by our often violent history, a strong cultural heritage, and the Gaelic language. The natural world is also different - besides the oldest mountains in Europe, the varied climate leads to a wide range of habitats and the relatively sparse population makes this the premier area in Britain, if not Europe for wildlife.

The Highland capital is Inverness, which the Queen named as one of three Millennium cities. Inverness provides a pleasant and safe environment a varied cultural life and first rate educational opportunities. Free from congestion - pollution is the lowest of any city in Britain. It is the administrative, business and transport centre for the Highlands and is enjoying tremendous growth.