Tourists shun Scottish regions hit by wind turbine ‘blight’ 

Posted: July 20, 2017 by oldbrew in opinion, turbines, wind
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Whitelee wind farm, Scotland [image credit: Bjmullan / Wikipedia]

Wherever onshore wind turbines are built there will also be networks of electricity pylons to carry the power away. Tourism is big business in windy Scotland.

A survey carried out on behalf of the John Muir Trust (JMT) found that 55% of respondents were “less likely” to venture into areas of the countryside industrialised by giant turbines, electricity pylons and super-quarries, reports The Times (via GWPF).

Just 3% said they were “more likely” to visit such areas, while 26% said such large-scale developments would make “no difference”. The poll has rekindled calls for Scottish ministers to increase protection for wild and scenic areas that, it is argued, will protect rural tourism businesses.

It follows a recent decision to approve the 22-turbine Creag Riabhach wind farm in Altnaharra, the first to win consent within a designated wild land area. Each turbine will stand 125m high.

JMT said the decision had “created uncertainty” over the protection of wild land. “As schools across England break up for the summer this week and many families flock to Scotland, we must remember that, for many, it’s the ability to enjoy being outdoors in Scotland’s unique, unspoilt natural landscapes that brings them north,” said Andrew Bachell, JMT’s chief executive.

“When a clear majority of people say they’d be put off visiting wild and scenic areas by the existence of large-scale wind farms, giant pylons, super-quarries and other developments, policymakers have to pay attention, before it’s too late.”

Source: Tourists Shun Scottish Regions Hit By Wind Turbine ‘Blight’ | The Global Warming Policy Forum (GWPF)

  1. Climatism says:

    Reblogged this on Climatism and commented:
    Alex Salmond should be put in the dock for crimes against the environment and eco-terrosim. Literally.

  2. wolsten says:

    Reblogged this on Wolsten and commented:
    The unspoilt wilderness quality of the highlands used to be the main draw of the Scottish Highlands.

    Only complete morons could imagine that turning them into an industrial landscape would not deter tourists.

    If I want to look at turbines I can just look out of my window at home, why waste petrol?

  3. Yvonne says:

    Indeed. I used to love the Scottish Highlands but now Scotland is spoiled from Gretna Green up.
    There are turbines around my region so not likely to holiday up in Scotland much in future.

  4. craigm350 says:

    Reblogged this on WeatherAction News and commented:
    Teasing the environment, how very green.

  5. pameladragon says:

    This is very sad. But I fully understand the problem. I was in Piodao, Portugal, a few weeks ago. Piodao is one of the famous schist villages and is a perfect gem, an official historical site. We were sitting in a restaurant dining room with a panoramic view of the valley and mountains but as I took it all in, I got to the part of the view that contained the infamous bird choppers! At that point, it was hard to look away from the landscape blight. It takes over an hour to get up to Piodao from the Autostrada, over winding roads with no guardrails. After braving the journey, it is upsetting to have the view interrupted by wind turbines.


  6. I was in Scotland a couple of weeks ago and it’s much worse than last time I went.
    All the way up the motorway to Glasgow, where they used to be unspoilt hills, there are now windfarms everywhere. Even in the highlands there are quite a lot. There’s a nasty big one near Callander, visible for miles around in the Trossachs area.

  7. oldbrew says:

    The new, bigger and uglier wind turbines are on the way too. In Galloway the A75 trunk road has had all its roundabouts adapted to take wider and/or longer loads.

  8. E.M.Smith says:

    Don’t forget that it isn’t just the visuals. There’s a low frequency thump thump thump that most folks can not hear, but the infrasound causes such things as headaches, nausea, and various emotional upsets. Think that is an attractive memory of your visit to a place?

    Then there is the ‘flicker’ when the sun is at low angles and the blades chop up the light. This, alone, causes some folks a load of distress. And just when is the sun NOT low in the sky that far north, eh? High noon in August?

    Then there will be the reduction in local bird populations from the bird choppers. Kiss off the bird watching cohort… So what’s the difference between a windy hill with soaring birds and a windy hill with rotating, blinking, thumping, industrial turbines? One is a joy to watch, the other destroys the joy.

    Wind turbines are industrial devices. Very few people go on vacation to visit industrial parks…

    I’m all for “wind power” as a minor adjunct to reliable baseload; but it needs to be placed in industrial locations (i.e. not scenic ones) and it needs to be out of bird & bat habitat.

  9. oldbrew says:

    How to get bigger wind turbines down the road – Scotland style…

    Pic: one of several ‘re-shaped’ roundabouts on the A75 in Galloway, SW Scotland.
    [Credit: Google street view]

  10. oldbrew says:

    Path cleared for Scottish offshore projects
    20 July 2017 by David Weston

    UK: A court in Scotland has refused the Royal Society for the Protection of Birds’ request to challenge a decision backing 2.3GW of offshore wind capacity.
    . . .
    The RSPB has 28 days to decide whether to apply directly to the UK Supreme Court.

  11. Annie says:

    I was upset at the visual pollution by wind turbines in Scotland while driving up and down to Glasgow and also the now spoilt Galloway coastline. The Solway Firth seems to be incredibly cluttered with them. It was so beautiful but those blighted bird-mincers have wrecked it. They are polluting the beauty of north Cumbria too and some are dangerously near the roads (A595 and A66 are two obvious places, near to Cockermouth). My inclination to visit Scotland is markedly reduced as a result of these wind turbines.

  12. Annie says:

    The last two years we have visited our beloved Cyprus. Unfortunately there are now wind turbines spoiling those wonderful hills near Larnaca (I always nicknamed them ‘The Mountains of the Moon’)…another sad loss to my way of thinking.

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  14. Saighdear says:

    Och GET a GRIP ! – the lot o’ ye. I live here, am definitely NOT a fan ( no pun) of weenmills, ETC. but Scotland is a “large” country ‘I’ve been to Scotland….’ huh, I’ve been to London & thru Manchester and to Newcastle, … tells you a lot, dinnit? – Like saying I’ve been to America. wowee – whereabout? – u see me standing on the hill as you came in?
    The Sun is shining here once again after rain that never came, then came and wouldn’t stop, when there was no rain forecast, etc …. you see where I’m going? and I have to suffer the Smell from/at recycling plant on my doorstep and put up with the Noise and traffic on the A9 withthe Heavy Artics holding up traffic carting rubbish NORTH to Sort and THEN back further SOUTH for disposal – Oh that Liberal GREEN BLOB we have in control. Polish workers here delighted to earn £1000 per MONTH – and the rest of us standing by with no Jobs. Plenty WORK needing done – but no-one wants to do it or PAY for it. The low frequency throbbing I hear is my PULSE – FIZZIN with the effects of this Eco Policy and media supported attitude towards green stuff. when I was young, had to beware of “green” stuff – Gangrene – deadly. Maybe I understood the language? Thought buzzword for the day !

  15. tallbloke says:

    We got to our little place in Brittany that we’re renovating to find a public notice nailed to a stake driven into the far end of our acre of land. There’s a proposal for a windfarm at the farside of the parish, about 5km away. There are already two groups visible from our place, about 7 and 10 km away on the skyline on the far side of the Oust valley.

    I’ve emailed some info to the local opposition organisers. The natives are not happy…