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Wind farms will make the task of selling Scotland to tourists impossible  

Credit:  The Herald, www.heraldscotland.com 3 March 2012 ~~

I read with interest your article about the animated movie Brave, featuring the voices of Billy Connolly, Robbie Coltrane, Kelly MacDonald and look forward to seeing it when it comes out in August (“Brave new move to attract more tourists to Scotland”, The Herald, March 3).

I will be interested to see if the cartoon’s background scenery has any wind turbine farms or huge pylons in it. Mike Cantlay, chairman of VisitScotland, is doing an excellent job of promoting Scotland as a tourist destination and the link with the Disney Corporation can only be a good thing for Scottish tourism.

In years gone by, encouraging tourists to make Scotland their destination must have been a dawdle as our wonderful scenery, historical buildings and dramatic landscape would have easily sold themselves.

Now, with the countryside being littered with these monstrosities, selling our country to tourists must be more difficult. Filming without a wind farm on the horizon or the hillside must be so challenging – it is little wonder a cartoon has been chosen.

I never thought I would have anything in common with Donald Trump but he has a point when it comes tp his avowed opposition to wind farms.

It makes no difference whether they are one or 20 miles away – if they can be seen, they should not be allowed.

If the view from the top of Ben Nevis, Suilven, the Ochils or Arthur’s Seat is marred by turbines (or huge pylons for that matter) then something needs to be done before the only vision of Scottish scenery will be a cartoon version.

Let us not make Mr Cantlay’s job an impossible dream.

Linda FitzGerald,



Source:  The Herald, www.heraldscotland.com 3 March 2012

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