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Claims that wind farm would blight tourist route

A campaign group has criticised at the likely impact of a wind farm on one of the area’s most popular tourist routes.

Druim Ba Sustainable Energy wants to construct 27 wind turbines within Druim Ba forest, which it owns and manages, to the south of Kiltarlity, and will next week hold a series of public exhibitions on its plans.

The development is on moorland, near a section of the Great Glen Way walking route between Inverness and Fort William – an issue which has already prompted concern with campaigners who fear the turbines will spoil the route. “People who come to enjoy the stunning scenery along the route would be disappointed to find themselves viewing a power station and miles of hill tracks,” said Pat Wells, convener of the Stop Highland Windfarms Campaign. “The reputation of the Way would soon be tarnished.”

Campaigners and residents are urged to attend next week’s exhibitions in Kiltarlity, Abriachan and Beauly.

The company is yet to submit a planning application but is keen for communities to have their say before submitting its proposals next year.

Exhibitions which will be held at Kiltarlity Village Hall on Tuesday, Abriachan Village Hall on Wednesday and The Priory Hotel in Beauly on Thursday, running from noon to 9pm. Members of the project team will be on hand to answer questions.