A row has blown up between a respected economist and one of Scotland’s leading conservation bodies over the effect of wind farms on tourism.

The march of giant turbines across some of the country’s most iconic landscapes has been blamed for damaging rural economies but a recent report by Edinburgh-based Biggar Economics concluded that there is no link. Donald Trump, the US presidential candidate, who has fought plans for an offshore wind farm close to his golf resort in Aberdeenshire, is among those to have warned that wind farms “destroy tourism”.

Now the John Muir Trust (JMT), which campaigns to protect wild land, has criticised Biggar’s report as “flawed and misleading” and questioned the reliability of evidence presented by the firm at several public inquries into controversial wind farms.


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