Immersing yourself in a new place can be nerve wracking, we understand that. Thankfully however, there are a wide variety of clubs, groups and social scenes that you can participate in with something to suit a variety of interests, skills and abilities.

There’s always something to celebrate in the North Highlands! There are many voluntary groups and community minded businesses working super hard to make sure their town or village is a nice place to spend time as well as live and work within. Popular annual activities take place across the highlands, a few firm favorites in our calendar are listed in our blog posts. These include community galas, fireworks displays, festive fun and celebrations of local and national culture which suit all ages. As well as these events which are designed to bring our communities together, you’ll find an array of projects working to combat isolation, loneliness, food poverty and much more. We might be remote geographically but the North Highlands certainly has a big heart and takes pride in taking care of its residents.

Our sister site, Invest Caithness will give you more details on the groups and activities in the area. Alternatively, you could check out the activities of Caithness Voluntary Group to see the latest in what’s going on in the third sector in the highlands.

The area has seen a flurry of Development Trusts spring into action in recent years. A development trust is a community-owned and led organisation, working to combine community-led action with an enterprising approach to address and tackle local needs and issues. The aim of a development trust is to create social, economic and environmental renewal in a defined geographical area, creating wealth within that area and keeping it there. We’re proud to see so many of these organisations acting as a testament to our community spirit and showing the pride we have in our home towns and villages.

The Thurso Community Development Trust are a friendly bunch who can offer advice on all kinds of things related to Thurso. They’ve recently launched a community magazine which is full to the brim of articles from community groups, clubs and businesses. You can purchase one here to get you up to speed.

The famous village of John O Groats have their very own trust who have been busy working on various projects and most recently, hosted a fantastic Viking celebration which recognised the north’s norse heritage.

The Kyle of Sutherland Development Trust are a fountain of knowledge and could offer some fantastic advice on living and working in the area. They’ve achieved an incredible amount over the years developing employment opportunities as well as combating social issues.

You can read about the projects each trust are working on on their websites which are linked above.