Glencassley and Sallachy wind farms

Published: 27th February 2012

Timeline and Trust representations in relation to the Glencassley and Sallachy wind farm proposals.

Autumn 2019 - we are disappointed to learn of the submission of a revised proposal for Glencassley wind farm at scoping stage. The report prepared by the developer also refers to a possible resubmission of the Sallachy proposal in late 2019.

Glencassley and Sallachy were proposals for large wind farms in the far north of Scotland and with the potential to have a disastrous impact on Wild Land Area 34: Reay-Cassley. We strongly opposed the Glencassley and Sallachy wind farms, first submitted as development applications in 2012. The proposals were for wind farms of 23 and 22 turbines of up to 125m in height.


In May 2013 Highland Council decided not to object to the two proposals after planning officials suggested there was uncertainty in the Scottish Government’s attitude to wild land protection from wind farms. However, policy around wild land has been clarified since these applications were submitted. In November 2014 the Trust wrote to members of the Highland Council’s North Planning Applications Committee asking them to lodge objections to Glencassley and Sallachy in Sutherland in the light of new national planning policy guidelines and the publication earlier that year of the Wild Land Areas map of Scotland by Scottish Natural Heritage (SNH). Sadly, councillors did not feel they needed to reexamine their earlier decision. We wrote to the press following this decision - you can read our letter in the downloads below.

Responsibility for the final decision rested with the Scottish Government and we were concerned this might take place without any Public Local Inquiry. We launched a campaign in the first part of 2015 to raise awareness of the threat to Wild Land Area 34 from the Glencassley and Sallachy wind farms and a further proposal (Caplich), to encourage people to put pressure on the Scottish Government to reject these damaging applications. Find out about how we campaigned for Area 34

In November 2015 we received the tremendous news that the Scottish Government had decided to refuse the Glencassley and Sallachy applications.

In 2017 an application for a meteorological mast at Sallachy was submitted. Read our comment below.