Argyll and the Islands is a beautiful and diverse area in the south-west of Scotland and is renowned for its scenery, wildlife and biodiversity

HIE's focus in this area includes renewable energy developments around the Pentland Firth and developing John O'Groats as a quality tourism destination.

The Inner Moray Firth area regularly scores high in quality of life surveys, combining the attractions of city living with a rich culture and history.

Lochaber, Skye and Wester Ross covers much of the West Highlands, an area which includes some of Scotland's most stunning scenery.

Moray has some of the strongest food and drink export businesses in Scotland, including some of the world's leading brands of whisky.

Orkney is a cluster of islands centred around the Orkney mainland. The islands are about 85 km from north to south and 37 km from east to west.

The Outer Hebrides are a chain of islands off the west coast of Scotland, stretching from the north of Lewis, south to Barra. Each island and each community has its own distinctive character.

Exciting projects such as the £12 million Mareel Creative Industries Centre in Lerwick, community-led projects such as those in Fetlar which are boosting the local population of Shetland. 

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