The North of Mainland Scotland has a rich history, natural environment and diverse economic opportunities.
About the area
Focus North concentrates on the northernmost part of mainland Scotland, which incorporates the northern section of the North Coast 500 iconic tourist route, so the region’s natural beauty and attractiveness to tourists is well known.
Perhaps less well known is that the region is leading: –
The renewable energy revolution
The region already produces 12 times more electricity than is used locally – all from renewable sources.
Production and storage capacity: –
The Space Industry
The Mhoine peninsula is home to SpaceHub Sutherland – a vertical satellite launch site opening in 2024
A developing space cluster seeking to attract up to 740 jobs supporting the space industry to the wider region.
Space cluster strategy
On the Natural Environment
The Environmental Research institute, carrying out world class research into the natural environment, including research into the peatlands of the flow country – Europe’s biggest blanket bog.
The Flow Country, an internationally important carbon sink, is being proposed for adoption as a UNESCO World Heritage site during 2023.
The flow country green finance initiative – is seeking to attract ethical private investment in support of peatland restoration and long-term management of this vital ecosystem.
On Nuclear Decommissioning
These new opportunities will develop alongside the complex decommissioning programme at the Dounreay Nuclear site. The site continues to employ a large, highly skilled workforce and technically innovative supply chain to develop solutions to world leading decommissioning challenges.