Caplich wind farm

Published: 6th February 2015

Updated 25/09/2017 - Read why we are concerned about the application to build this 20 turbine development in the far north of Scotland

Plans were submitted in early 2015 to build an industrial-scale wind farm near Oykel Bridge, in the shadow of Ben More Assynt.

We are concerned about the impact this development would have on Wild Land Area 34 (Reay-Cassley). You can read our February 2015 objection in the downloads below.

The area was also threatened by earlier applications for large-scale wind farms at Glencassley and Sallachy.

In 2015 our Area 34 campaign drew attention to the damage these schemes would have on wild land. You can watch the film we made as part of this campaign here You can read more about Area 34 in the “Frequently Asked Questions” document we prepared as background to the campaign (see downloads below).

The Glencassley and Sallachy applications were thankfully refused by the Scottish Government at the end of last year - but the threat from Caplich remains.

In early 2016 Highland Council opposed the Caplich application, triggering a Public Local Inquiry (PLI). Scottish Natural Heritage also objected.

The PLI began on 3 February 2017 with a Pre-Examination Meeting in Rosehall, followed by the Inquiry itself ran from 19-23 June. John Low, Policy Officer, represented the Trust, arguing that the development would conflict with the Scottish Government’s commitment to safeguard wild land. Read John's reflections on the PLI here The outcome of the Inquiry is now awaited.

Sign up to receive our e-newsletter so we can keep you up to date with latest news and actions you can take to save Wild Land Area 34.