The local area

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

West Highland College UHI consists of 10 college centres college centres throughout the region and gives you the choice of studying in one of our centres – or from the comfort of your own home.

Auchtertyre | Broadford | Fort William| Gairloch | Kilchoan | Kinlochleven | Mallaig | Portree |  Strontian | Ullapool

Get out more!

The geography of the Highlands and Islands makes the area an outdoor adventurer’s playground! Fort William has been officially designated the Outdoor Capital of the UK and there are superb opportunities to explore further afield on Skye and throughout Wester Ross.  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 clubs and centres, swimming pools and games halls in the larger towns and smaller communities of our region. Shinty plays a prominent part in the sporting life of the area with several; well established local teams – Kinlochshiel, Fort William, Kilmallie and Lochcarron - having clubs within a relatively short distance from several of our learning centres

Embrace culture

Lochaber, Skye and Wester Ross contain some of Scotland’s brightest talents in traditional music, literature, dance and the visual arts. These talents are showcased at many concerts, festivals and events, including Ullapool Book Festival, Celtic Connections “Big Top” event, Loopallu, Belladrum Tartan Heart, the Gaelic Mòd and the popular Highland Games circuit.  Increasingly, the home grown talent of local musicians can be seen in local pubs and hotels at impromptu gigs and sessions.  The National Centre for Excellence in Traditional Music in the beautiful village of Plockton provides a focal point of many of these young  musicians.

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 the famous Eilean Donan Castle in Kintail and Nessie’s home near Urquhart Castle, or to see the Fairy Flag in Dunvegan – the area is full of ancient buildings and battlefields that played an important part in the history of the Highlands – not to mention the stunning scenery!