Working in Inverness and the Highlands and Islands

Welcoming communities coupled with some of the world’s most stunning scenery means this natural beauty is often voted one of the most desirable places to live in the UK. Rightly so – from magnificent mountains to sprawling coastline, it’s exceptional.

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About 373,000 people call the Highlands and Islands of Scotland home – with more than 55,000 living in the region’s charming capital, Inverness.

Rich in history and immersed in Gaelic culture, here you’ll find that in addition to English some of us still speak the ancient Celtic language in areas of the Western Isles. Discover the influence of our Norse ancestors still evident in buildings and art and hear it in the local dialect of the Northern Isles - Shetland and Orkney.

Isle of Iona

Inverness

World famous for its scenery, hospitality and quality of life, our Highland capital is often placed in the top five most desirable places to live in the UK. Bright, beautiful and quite literally a breath of fresh air, it has lowest pollution rates of any city in Britain.

Home to approximately 55,000 of the happiest people in Scotland, the city’s thriving economy means Inverness has one of the highest employment rates in Scotland.

Diverse economy

This picturesque region offers appealing towns and cities offset by striking surroundings and wildlife. It’s therefore no surprise that tourism is important in this scenic region, accounting for two thirds of employment alongside public services.

Naturally agriculture, forestry and fishing are also primary industries. However, the Highlands and Islands have also become a hot-spot for renewable energy and technology industries next to more traditional sectors like oil-related engineering and textiles.

Something for every interests

If you love the great outdoors, look no further than Scotland’s scenic playground. The Highlands and Islands offer a wealth of sporting fun for all interests and seasons. Join in shinty, the favourite stick-and-ball local pastime, go mountain climbing, sailing and golfing, or perfect your skiing. If you’d prefer, laze on the beach, picnic in the park, simply enjoy one of the many galleries and museums, or shop till you drop.

Countless scenic treasures can be found her including the legendary Loch Ness, Urquhart Castle and the Moray Firth with a colony of bottle-nosed dolphins. And what better way to appreciate the scenery than with numerous festivals throughout the year including the Highland Games, the Highland Food Festival and the Highland Festival featuring an international programme of drama, music and dance.

Rockness and Belladrum music festivals also take place near Inverness every year.

Inverness

Housing

Whether buying or renting, Inverness and the surrounding areas provide a variety of impressive housing options.

In addition to the new builds springing up, Inverness offers upmarket villas and Victorian semis in the South and East of the city. Smaller towns and villages like Cromarty and Fortrose are within easy access for commuters - and the route lining the Moray Firth provides a spectacular view.

Getting around

Although offering tranquil surroundings, the region still benefits from well-connected rail, air and even extensive ferry services – ensuring you’re linked to Scotland and the rest of the world.

Inverness airport connects with major airports across Scotland and the UK in addition to international flights going to Spain, Germany, Switzerland and beyond. You can fly directly to Amsterdam and connect to flights worldwide. Or take in some of the beautiful scenery, travel by car along the A9; Inverness is only about three hours away from Scotland’s key cities like Edinburgh and Glasgow.

Exciting career opportunities and an enviable lifestyle in scenic surroundings await you in this Scottish paradise.

What it's like to live in the Highlands

"I had never been in the Highlands before and was impressed during my first visit. Everything was covered in snow - it was very pretty. Inverness is a great place to live and work," says Yeswanth, who moved to Scotland from India.

Find out why Yeswanth loves living in Inverness.