Caithness and North Sutherland offers excellent connectivity to help businesses compete and grow in the global marketplace, with air, rail, road and sea connections to the rest of Scotland and beyond, as well as strong mobile and broadband connectivity.

Transport Connectivity

Digital and Mobile Connectivity

Caithness and North Sutherland have benefited significantly from UK and Scottish Government broadband rollout programmes, and most homes and businesses in the area are now able to access superfast broadband of at least 30 megabits per second. Recent commitments by Scottish Government through their R100 programme to roll out “full fibre” broadband will bring access to speeds of up to 1,000 megabits per second. Mobile connectivity in the region is also strong, with most benefitting from a 4G connection.

You can use Ofcom’s mobile and broadband checker service to view broadband and mobile availability throughout Caithness and North Sutherland.

For those few areas which are unable to access the traditional broadband network, a range of innovative alternatives are available including 4G broadband routers and satellite broadband.

Support is also available from UK Government through their Gigabit Broadband Voucher Scheme, which can provide up to £3,500 to businesses and up to £1,500 to individual residences towards the cost of a full-fibre connection.

Renewables developer SIMEC Atlantis Energy has announced ambitions for a tidal-powered data centre in Caithness, with power supplied by private wire from the nearby MeyGen site. The proposed data centre has the potential to attract a hyperscale data centre occupier to the region and to significantly boost the region’s national and international connectivity.

Caithness Chamber of Commerce
Naver Business Centre
Naver House
Naver Road
KW14 7QA

Telephone: 01847 890076