The John Muir Trust has expressed disappointment that the Scottish Government has consented a large wind development in the Monadhliath Mountains, a few miles east of Loch Ness.
The Dunmaglass development consists of 33 turbines, each up to 120m high. The Trust objected to the development because of its impact on both wild land and wildlife.
Helen McDade, head of policy for the John Muir Trust said: Our Vision is that wild land is protected and the wild places are valued by and for everyone. This decision is yet another demonstration of the urgent need for greater protection of wild land.
“These mountains are entirely unique from other areas of wild land in the UK. The Dunmaglass development could set a precedent for more wind farms to be consented in areas of wild land.”