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Caithness and Sutherland

A wealth of talent can be found in the north Highlands.

Take a journey around Caithness and Sutherland

About Caithness and Sutherland

People travel the length of the country to come to the North Highlands.

It's home to Scotland's most famous drive - the North Coast 500, and to one of our most iconic destinations - John O'Groats. It's no surprise that when people discover Caithness and Sutherland they want to stay.

The landscape is breathtaking, featuring spectacular mountains and flat rolling moorlands. High tech companies sit side by side with vibrant, innovative SMEs. The A' Mhoine peninsula is also the site of a planned commercial spaceport, where rockets will launch satellites into low earth orbit up to 12 times a year in the near future.

Back on Earth, the Beatrice offshore project, based in Wick, is a leading example of development in the green energy sector. The decommissioning of the former nuclear power plant at Dounreay has seeded many supply chain opportunities in the region.

Rolls Royce, Subsea 7 and BT are among the global companies investing in employment in the far north of Scotland.

With the world renowned Royal Dornoch golf course and an internationally recognised surf spot around the Thurso East reef, the area is a draw for outdoor sports enthusiasts. Featuring beautiful beaches and bays, wildlife, high hills and big skies, Caithness and Sutherland has much to offer, whichever mile on a journey of 500 you’re on.

Caithness and Sutherland in numbers




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people employed in the health sector

We are delighted with the support we have received from HIE. It has helped us maintain steady growth of the company over many years to become a significant employer in Caithness and elsewhere.
Stephen Bremner, Chairman, Ashley Ann

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