More than half of Scotland is blighted by unsightly wind farms which threaten to blanket some of the country’s wildest landscapes.
A new map showing that the turbines are visible from at least 60 per cent of Scotland has been released by environmentalists amid alarm at the relentless march of such developments.
In some areas 410ft high turbines are visible from around 18 miles away.
The John Muir Trust environmental group commissioned the map as part of its objections to the proposed Talladha-Bheithe windfarm, which it describes as a ‘stab in the heart of Scotland’s wild land’.
The development – eight miles west of Kinloch Rannoch, Perthshire – is currently under consideration by Perth and Kinross Council.
The trust described the area where the new 24-turbine wind farm could be situated as one of the last wild land areas of Scotland not to be ‘blighted’ by turbines.
It said they would be seen from more than 30 Munros (mountains over 3,000ft) and Corbetts (those which are over 2,500ft but less than 3,000ft high).
Helen McDade, the trust’s head of policy, said: ‘The trust believes that this development would be a stab in the heart of Scotland’s wild land.
‘Although our primary aim is to protect wild land, this map as a whole concerns us enormously. Perhaps it is time that the Scottish Government had a rethink and at least saved the remaining visually unpolluted areas of the country.
‘Some areas such as Caithness, the Scottish Borders and Dumfries and Galloway must be reaching saturation point. You only need to look at the map to be shocked by what has happened i n the l ast f ew years.
‘The map is only based on what is currently built and operating. Thousands more turbines are in the planning system and they will impact on thousands more people and homes.’
Dr Steve Carver, director of the Wild Land Research Institute at Leeds University, who compiled the map, said: ‘Wind turbines are a good thing as long as they are situated in an appropriate place, and wild places are not good places for them.’
A Scottish Government spokesman said it supported onshore wind power in the right places as part of a diverse energy mix.
He added: ‘ There continues to be strong public support for the development of wind power and the Scottish Government will continue to support the integration of wind farms into the most suitable places, with careful design and mitigation, to help ensure the wider benefits for Scotland and its communities continue to be delivered.’
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