WILD LAND charity the John Muir Trust has written to Energy Minister Fergus Ewing asking him to refuse consent to three large wind farms in designated Wild Land Areas.

Glencassley and Sallachy wind farms would both be sited on the west side of Loch Shin, within Wild Land Area 34. The two developments would involve 45 turbines, along with over 30km of new access tracks, and other infrastructure.

A third development, Allt Duine, would consist of a further 31 turbines, all located within Wild Area 20, which covers the Monadhliath Mountains.

The letter, from Trust Chair Peter Pearson, points out that the Scottish Government has already rejected Glenmorie wind farm in Easter Ross on the grounds that it would have a detrimental impact on wild land.

"This refusal sent a strong message to developers that it is inappropriate to bring forward large-scale wind developments in areas now recognised in Scottish Planning Policy as nationally important for their wild land qualities," said Mr Pearson.

The letter goes on to ask the Energy Minister "to make the same decision and refuse consent for the Allt Duine, Glencassley and Sallachy wind farms, all of which impact significantly on Scotland's flagship Wild Land Areas."