Convention of the Highlands and Islands


The Convention of the Highlands and Islands (CoHI) seeks to strengthen alignment between the Scottish Government and member organisations in order to support sustainable economic growth.

It seeks to enable the exchange of ideas on strategic issues affecting the people of the Highlands and Islands.

CoHI meets twice a year, in spring and autumn, and the meeting location alternates between a mainland and island setting. Meetings are hosted by the area's local authority and open to the public.

Documents from the most recent meeting can be found below. Documents from past meetings are available in the archive.


Convention members are appointed by the First Minister and chosen from public agencies and institutions with responsibilities for, or interests in, the economic and social development of the Highlands and Islands.

The core membership includes the following organisations, with additional members attending specific meetings as agenda items dictate:

  • Argyll and Bute Council
  • Bord Na Gaidhlig
  • Cairngorm National Park Authority
  • Crofters Commission
  • Comhairle Nan Eilean Siar
  • Scottish Forestry
  • Highlands and Islands Enterprise
  • Moray Council
  • NHS Highland
  • NHS Orkney
  • NHS Shetland
  • NHS Western Isles
  • North Ayrshire Council
  • Orkney Islands Council
  • Scottish Natural Heritage
  • Shetland Islands Council
  • Skills Development Scotland
  • Scottish Funding Council
  • The Highland Council
  • University of the Highlands and Islands
  • VisitScotland