Sport and Recreation
The natural landscapes and features of the region create world class opportunities for outdoor enthusiasts to enjoy unique environments. There is something to challenge people of all levels of skill, experience or ability. Outdoor activity options, with tuition and equipment hire available in many areas, include walking, road and mountain biking, paragliding, rock climbing, skiing, sailing, canoeing, kayaking and white-water rafting. Lochaber, with Ben Nevis and Glencoe, promotes itself as the UK's Outdoor Capital. This is reflected in the area's specialisms in outdoor pursuits and adventure tourism, including hosting the Mountain Bike Work Cup and role as an international centre of excellence in outdoor activity management and training activities
Numerous golf courses are spread throughout the Highlands, with a number classed amongst the best and most scenic in the world. Royal Dornoch is regularly rated amongst the world’s top 20 courses with The Nairn Golf Club not far behind. In 2011, Castle Stuart hosted the first ever European Tour event to be held in the Scottish Highlands when the Barclays Scottish Open was held there.
Snow sports are extremely popular during the winter months creating a range of employment and business opportunities in the Cairngorm, Nevis Range and Glencoe areas. These resorts offer some of the best value skiing and snowboarding in Europe, with other outdoor activities also available at other times of the year.
All levels of football are available to play or watch in the area with Inverness Caledonian Thistle and Ross County having attained Scottish Premier League status. Highland league football is very popular in local areas, with the area home to 7 league teams.
A network of gyms and training facilities are available throughout the Highlands with many available at outstanding value through the High Life Highland scheme.