One of Scotland’s top golf venues has warned that Scottish tourism is under threat from the huge number of windfarms being built across the country.
Gleneagles Hotel in Perthshire his joined American tycoon Donald Trump in criticising the rate that green energy schemes are being approved. With the number of turbine schemes expected to treble over the next few years – the hotel fears for the “unspoilt landscape” of Scotland.
In a submission to MSPs, hotel chiefs said: “The hotel’s experience of staging many of these events in the past has been the knowledge that TV and other media broadcast can send out images of the surrounding countryside – and many viewers expect to see an unspoilt landscape as this is what they associate with Scotland.”
The Perthshire resort’s concerns come as a blow to those arguing the case for an 11-turbine farm off the north-east coast, a project that has been vigorously opposed by Mr Trump.
Last month he told the same committee of politicians that windfarms are a waste of public money and will “destroy” Scotland’s thriving tourism industry.
“I would urge the committee to recognise the seriousness of the situation and to advise the Scottish Government not to destroy Scotland with these horrendous turbines,” he said. “Your current political leaders must understand that in the business of high-value tourism, a tarnished asset is impossible to replace.”
Mr Trump has suspended plans for the £250million hotel over the Aberdeen Bay proposals.
Gleneagles warned MSPS: “Windfarm development will result in at least 25 years of changed landscapes. Rapid growth of morewindfarms in areas of Scotland threaten the very essence of why (resorts like Gleneagles) are so well-known.”
A Scottish Government spokesman said: “We welcome all contributions to the widest possible debate on the development of our clean, green energy resources and maximising its business and job opportunities to communities across Scotland, and ministers look forward to making their own contribution to the committee’s inquiry later in the year.”