Building more than 50 wind turbines in a beauty spot would threaten tourism by destroying the view from a Hebridean landmark, according to campaigners.
A public inquiry opened yesterday into plans for 53 turbines on the Eisgein Estate on Lewis.
Campaigners against the wind-farm proposal, by Beinn Mhor Power, say the turbines would be visible from the ancient Callanish Stones 12 miles away, which they describe as Scotland’s Stonehenge.
More than 20,000 people travelled to Callanish last year.
“It is ludicrous that the government would even entertain the idea of marching turbines across such a world-class landscape,” said Helen McDade, the head of policy for environmental charity the John Muir Trust.
Thousands of people have lodged protests against the development.
The public inquiry, held in Stornoway, is expected to last about a week.
13 May 2008
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