Living in the Highlands and Islands

The Highlands and Islands of Scotland is the most northerly region in the United Kingdom, and one of the most diverse.

Mountain biking, Heather and traditional music images

The University of the Highlands and Islands gives you the choice of studying in one of the larger urban centres of the region, such as Perth, Inverness or Elgin, or in one of the smaller towns or island communities, including the Western and Northern Isles.

Student life at UHI is as exciting and diverse as each of the 13 campuses and more than 50 learning centres spread throughout the Highlands and Islands of Scotland that make up the UHI network.

Get out more!

The geography of the Highlands and Islands makes the area an outdoor adventurer’s playground! Snow and water-based sports, mountaineering, horse riding and mountain biking are just some of the hobbies you can indulge in or take up, whilst living and studying here.

There are also plenty of sports and leisure centres, swimming pools and games halls in the larger towns and smaller communities of our region.

Embrace culture

The Highlands and Islands attract some of Britain’s brightest talents in music, literature, dance and the visual arts.These talents are showcased at many festivals and events, including Rock Ness, Belladrum Tartan Heart, the Gaelic Mòd and the popular Highland Games circuit.

Visitors flock to the Highlands and Islands throughout the year to experience the local culture and see for themselves the setting of so many legends and traditions. They can visit the many sites of historical significance, including castles, battlefields and ancient buildings and, of course, revel in the stunning scenery! provides listings and information on all shows selling online. It is a simple channel to buy and sell tickets to a variety of different events across the Highlands and Islands area.

HI-Arts is a valuable guide to events, festivals, exhibitions in the Highlands and Islands area.

The following websites are full of useful information and ideas for trips: