David Gibson, MCofS Chief Officer, said: “The survey results are a stark warning to the Scottish Government – badly sited wind farms are a serious threat to Scotland’s reputation as a tourism destination. The more that are built in our mountains, the more visitors are put off.
The full report of the Mountaineering Council of Scotland is here! This is the first independent survey of Scottish visitors, in this case 1000 members of the MCofS. As said before Visitors to Scotland come for a great variety of reasons, be it the Fringe, the Open Golf or Rockness. Event tourism will happen anyway. However the quality of the experience does effect word of mouth recommendation. However there are a great number of tourists that come to Scotland because of that special something that doesn’t fit on reports. That feeling of belonging, that quality of life, that non quantifiable feeling that makes the hairs stand up. The Eagle, the Stag, that moment when the world is spread out before you. That is what Scotland is all about and that is what the carpetbaggers of the wind industry are taking from us at every planning approval and every met mast and turbine.
Scottish Conservative energy spokesman Murdo Fraser MSP said:
“This welcome piece of research adds substance to what many of us have feared.
“It’s clear that when you place huge, white constructions on previously unspoilt landscape, there is going to be an impact.
“Mountaineering is an important element of Scotland’s tourism trade, and this survey shows the march of turbines is having a negative impact on it.
“That is a ludicrously high price to pay for an energy source that is intermittent and unreliable.
“The SNP has completely neglected the views of communities on windfarms.
“Hopefully it will be more willing to take on board the concerns of this expert group.”