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

We are celebrating stories of the Highlands and Islands here on our digital archive, Spirit: Stories.

As a project, the Spirit of the Highlands and Islands has gathered together stories from across the region, submitted by people who live, work and travel here. Uncover the land, the people and the culture which have shaped our region past, present and future.

Explore our stories below and discover our spirit!

Spotlight on...YOU!

Yes, you! For our 2nd anniversary we want to shine the spotlight on you and the over 500 incredible stories you have shared with us over the years.

Read the Spotlight

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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