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Spirit of the Highlands and Islands - what is it?

Is it the land? The people? The sights, sounds and smells? All of these…and more…the spirit is captured in its stories…

2022 is Scotland's Year of Stories when we are celebrating stories of the Highlands and Islands - the land, the people and the culture - which have shaped our region past, present and future!

Explore our stories and discover our spirit!

A Light in the Darkest of Nights

This Tuesday saw the return of famed Shetland fire festival Up Helly Aa to Lerwick. But just what are the origins of this iconic event in the town?

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Our Land

Explore the natural landscape which has formed a backdrop to Highlands and Islands culture and heritage for centuries.


The Spirit of the Highlands and Islands project is a partnership project between
The Highland Council and High Life Highland, which will be delivered in collaboration with VisitScotland