The president of the Mountaineering Club of Scotland (MCoS) has spoken out against the siting of windfarms on Scotland's mountains ahead of a hearing on a proposed 31-turbine installation at Allt Duine just outside the Cairngorms National Park.
MCoS chief Brian Linington said he believed the Scottish mountain landscape is "worth significantly more than its economic value to renewables investors for power generation developments," arguing its prime worth is as a place of recreation, tourism and nature to be enjoyed by those who go walking
He added that the body is in favour of renewables but thinks Scotland's targets for power generation from such sources "can be achieved without recourse to the extensive development of mountain areas".
Mr Linington called on the Highland Council to reject the Allt Duine proposal and also appealed to the Scottish government to change its policy of allowing such installations to be created.
Pressure group Save the Monadhliath Mountains is planning a protest outside the Highland Council's offices in Inverness this week over the Allt Duine plan.