Connectivity across the region has been completely transformed over the past fifty years.  Road, rail, sea and air services have all seen significant investment and an enormous increase in usage.  The challenge is to continue that process and ensure that, in an ever-more connected world, the Highlands and Islands becomes more integrated with the rest of Scotland, the UK and Europe.


At 2015

More than

1.4 million

Passengers handled at the regions 10 airports

In 2014, Calmac and Northlink ferry services carried

5.0 million


1.2 million


Rail passenger numbers at the 60 stations in the HIE area have

increased by


over the last decade

reaching its highest ever total of

3.2 million

in 2013/14