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Prime property and development opportunities

We invest significantly in the development of key infrastructure, property and land across our region. We support organisations based here to grow and can provide suitable premises for those looking to locate here too.

Why the Highlands and Island?

The Highlands and Islands has a thriving economy, strong workforce, and is as rich in development opportunities as it is in culture and heritage. If you’re looking to strike the right work/life balance, this is the place to be.

The region’s enviable natural assets, together with significant recent investment in world-class infrastructure, offer several once-in-a-lifetime opportunities for businesses located here.

Renewable energy, health and life sciences, technology, advanced engineering, manufacturing, and space are amongst the newer growth markets across the region.

Base your business here

How we can support you

As the Scottish Government’s economic and community development agency for the Highlands and Islands, our support and connected network is vast.

We can help you find the ideal business environment to suit your growing business and make the connections you need. 

Find out more below about our prime developments which include incubation space for young and growing businesses, flexible buildings that can be fitted out to your specification, and land for sale and/or development.

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Inverness Campus

Inverness Campus is a world-class, purpose-built location for those operating in life sciences, digital healthcare and technology. It’s a thriving community of businesses, academics and researchers – but there’s room for more.

What's available?

We have development plots and high quality office and laboratory space available, as well as flexible land options and new properties on the way. 

This is the ideal location with options to suit young and growing businesses, established businesses needing space to scale, and investors looking for their perfect location in the Highlands and Islands. 

Find out more about Inverness Campus property options. 

Inverness Campus

I didn’t think a government agency could be so flexible and proactive. It isn’t an exaggeration to say the collaborative support we’ve had from HIE has been outstanding.
Dr Hagen Wenzek , CorporateHealth International, located on Inverness Campus

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Aerial view of Enterprise Park Forres

Enterprise Park Forres

Extending over 100 acres of beautifully landscaped and sustainable grounds, the Enterprise Park Forres offers the ideal working environment for business to locate and grow in the north-east of Scotland.

The park is already home to specialist companies leading in their fields including advanced engineering and high-tech manufacturing.

It's situated in a prime location with easy access to the A96 for travel to Aberdeen and Inverness.

What’s available?

We currently have plots situated within the park available for development.

We also have business facilities, including event and meeting space, available within our Horizon Scotland building based on the park available for rent.

Find out more on the Enterprise Park Forres website. 

Enterprise Park Forres

In Moray, we had access to skilled people that could join the team as it grew. There are synergies between some of the disciplines in the oil and gas industry and aerospace skills held by many ex-RAF Kinloss and Lossiemouth personnel who live in the area.
Kristian von Bengtson, Chief Development Officer, Orbex’s, located on Forres Enterprise Park

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European Marine Science Park surrounded in clear blue water


The European Marine Science Park in Argyll, located near Oban, is a hub for marine-focused businesses and research institutions.

Developed by HIE, the park offers state-of-the-art facilities and is strategically positioned in a region known for its rich marine biodiversity, making it an ideal location for marine biotechnology and related sectors.

The park’s prime position provides immediate access to the marine environment of the Atlantic Ocean and is already home to a vibrant community of researchers, businesses and educational institutions.

Sharing a location with the Scottish Association for Marine Science (SAMS), one of the UK's leading marine science research institutions, means businesses at the park have access to cutting-edge research and potential partnerships.

What’s available?

We have a range of accommodation solutions to suit most needs. Whether you're looking to rent a desk, fit out an office or lab or build from the ground up, we can help.

European Marine Science Park

We benefit greatly from sitting within this marine-focused cluster as it gives us the opportunity to share facilities, equipment and knowledge with other like-minded organisations.
Dr Charlie Bavington, GlycoMar, locate on the European Marine Science Park

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ORIC Credit Orkney Reduced Size


The Orkney Research and Innovation Campus (ORIC) is a multi-million-pound project creating a state-of-the-art home for Orkney’s wide range of clean energy and low-carbon expertise.

ORIC is the ideal base for marine energy research and renewable energy development. It’s proximity to the European Marine Energy Centre (EMEC), allows for real-sea condition testing and development of marine renewable technologies.

Within ORIC, businesses and researchers operate in a collaborative environment and is a community that actively champions renewable initiatives.

What’s available?

The multi-million-pound development, a joint venture between Orkney Islands Council and HIE, is currently advancing the second round of development to enhance existing facilities and create new spaces for additional academic and commercial activity, collaboration, and business incubation.

New co-working spaces are also being created to support small and growing businesses.

Find out more on the website.

Orkney Research and Innovation Campus


Flythrough of the Factory at M A C C business park

The Factory, M A C C Business Park

The Factory at M A C C Business Park is a unique industrial complex available to let at Machrihanish by Campbeltown, Argyll.

This base could be ideally suited to a range of operations including manufacturing headquarters, film or industrial facilities. It provides a variety of fabrication/warehouse buildings on a 66.38 acre site with large areas of laydown space in a fully secure environment.

The buildings offer a range of clear heights but generally in excess of 10 metres. Substantial cranage is also provided with up to 50 tonne capacity. Download the property prospectus.

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Sandbank Business Park, Dunoon

Developed in a green space on the edge of Loch Lomond and the Trossachs National Park, Sandbank Business Park, two miles from Dunoon town Centre, offers a range of development plots and rental opportunities for growing businesses.

With proximity to Glasgow, Dunoon offers excellent links by road and ferry to Scotland’s central belt, with easy access to the motorway, rail networks and Glasgow airport.

The area offers an enviable quality of life, as well as access to a well-qualified and motivated workforce pool for businesses looking to locate here.

What's available?

The Fairmile Building, situated on the park, is ideally suited to growing businesses, particularly those specialising in IT, finance and business services. It has a range of modern office spaces fully fitted out ready for occupation. The flexible design of Fairmile will also allow for adaption or subdivision of space depending on your needs.

Download our brochure to find out more or get in touch.

Aerial picture of Arnish Fabrication Yard - the key manufacturing and assembly facility for the renewable energy sector in the Western Isles

ARNISH Fabrication Yard

Arnish is located four miles from the town of Stornoway in the Isle of Lewis and is home to one of Scotland’s key renewable energy manufacturing sites.

Since taking over the lease of 119 acres of land from the Stornoway Trust in 1999, we have invested £23m in upgrading and developing the site. This investment has led to Arnish now being a prime location for the renewable energy sector offering excellent opportunities for national and international investments in both the renewable energy and oil and gas sectors.

The site provides a range of fully serviced plots with deep water and heavy load quay facilities with great connectivity and sea and air links. The yard is established as an efficient facility to produce pipes, piles, monopiles and devices for the energy industry. Plans are underway to extend the quay at Arnish, which currently has a water depth of 6.5m, by providing improved facilities for ships over 156m in length.

There are currently two tenants at the park, Bakkafrost and Hebridean Seaweed.

Get in touch to find out more about locating your business here.


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