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Go-ahead expected for controversial power lines

Posted 6 January 2010
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Go-ahead expected for controversial power lines
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A series of electricity pylons that would stretch across the Scottish Highlands are expected to be approved.

The Scottish government is set to give the green light to the establishment of the link, which will see the £320 million Beauly to Denny line being built and enable renewable energy companies in the north of the country to supply more power to the south.

However, such a move has led to over 18,000 objections, as the line will pass through the Cairngorms National Park and other areas of countryside.

Those keen to make the most of the chance to go walking in areas without power lines may wish to visit the affected locations before the new connections are in place in 2013.

However, people undertaking challenges such as climbing all the Munros may be used to the occasional intrusion of modern electrical technology.

The Cairnwell, which is itself inside the Cairngorms National Park, has an electricity substation at its summit, as it lies at the heart of the Glen Shee ski resort.

Climbers wearing walking gear can bag two other Munros in conjunction with it - Carn a' Gheoidh and Carn Aosda.

Posted by Brandon Egley