Cairngorms National Park Authority is first to adopt guidance on Wildness

The Cairngorms National Park Authority (CNPA) has become the first planning authority to produce and adopt guidance on Wildness.
Wildness is considered a special quality of the Cairngorms National Park which visitors come here to experience.  CNPA Senior Heritage Officer Matthew Hawkins said: “We’re proud to lead the way in producing and adopting guidance on wildness and shows how important wildness is to making the Cairngorms National Park what it is. ”
 “The strength and nature of wildness varies across the National Park but can largely be defined as the experience felt when in a wild place. The Cairngorms National Park is full of wild places although everyone’s idea of what this is will be different, for some it’s in a rugged mountain landscape, for others deep inside a natural pine wood.”
Supplementary Planning Guidance on Wildness has been adopted by the CNPA’s Planning Committee (meeting on Friday 22 July 2011) and expands on the detail of some of the policies in the recently adopted Cairngorms National Park Local Plan which is used when assessing planning applications.  
CNPA Board Member, Gregor Hutcheon, added: “Whilst few places can claim to be truly wild or untouched by man, there are many special places within the Cairngorms National Park where it is possible to escape modern life and feel nature in its raw and untamed majesty.  This new guidance, which has been informed by the input of a wide range of individuals and organisations and developed our understanding what wild places mean to people who live and visit the National Park, will help us better protect this special quality.”
The John Muir Trust is a conservation charity which cares passionately about wild land and wild places and a sense of wildness is something thousands in the Cairngorms National Park have had the chance to explore through the John Muir Award Scheme.

Stuart Brooks, Chief Executive of the John Muir Trust, said, “This written planning guidance from the Cairngorms National Park Authority, identifying the importance of wildness and protecting wild areas through the planning process is a great move.  More than ten thousand people of all ages and backgrounds have explored and discovered the joy of the Cairngorms wild areas whilst achieving their John Muir Award.  However, similar areas of equal value throughout Scotland have no statutory protection so the Trust hopes that others will follow the CNPA’s lead in taking action to promote and protect our essential wildness.”

 Additional Notes:

  • The Wildness Supplementary Planning Guidance and Cairngorms National Park Local Plan can be viewed at <>  
  • To date more than 10,000 people have gained their John Muir Award in the Cairngorms National Park. To learn more, visit <
  • The four aims of the Cairngorms National Park are: to conserve and enhance the area’s natural and cultural heritage: promote sustainable use of the Park’s natural resources; promoting understanding and enjoyment of the special qualities of the Park (including recreation); and to promote sustainable economic and social development of local communities.
  • The Cairngorms National Park was established in 2003.  It is the UK’s largest national park at 4,528 sq km.  The CNPA was set up to ensure that the unique aspects of the Cairngorms, both the natural environment and the local communities, are cared for, sustained and enhanced for current and future generations to enjoy.  The CNPA is designed to be an “enabling” organisation promoting partnership and giving leadership to all those involved in the Cairngorms.

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This is how the majority of rational thinking individuals would like to remember Scotland

Two more wilderness regions of Scotland destined for wind farms at Clach Liath/Ben Wyvis

Another 17 turbines 400ft+ high are proposed for the lower south-eastern slopes of Ben Wyvis centred around a parcel of land whose apex will be at Meall na Speireig (620m) and extending eastwards towards but not as far as Glen Glass.

It is reported the first of the 125m high turbines is nearly at the summit of Meall na Speireig and close to the entrance of Coire Mor, the biggest and grandest of Wyvis’s coires.  This surely is a windfarm too far as it is of a far bigger height than the existing Novar turbines and much too close to a major mountain. While Falck will not confirm the size or details until after their Public Consultation, a look at their maps might suggest that they are further forward with their planning than they admit.

These people will not be happy until all of Scotland’s remote areas  have been violatedand and their beuaty and wildlife destroyed for ever, is this what our generation wishes to be remembered for? It must be stopped and now!

3 comments to Cairngorms National Park Authority is first to adopt guidance on Wildness

  • John Miles

    This has to be accepted in all National Parks and Area of Outstanding National Beauty which will mean no wind farms, no shooting tracks and best of all no killing of wildlife any where in or out of their area.

  • Culbokie M

    Re Clach Liath Wind Farm:

    1. We already have Novar 1 ‘in our backyard’, and it is a foregone conclusion that Novar 2’s larger turbines will shortly be erected. Locally, the addition of a third set of turbines at CL would comprise too great a cumulative visual impact, and accusations of NIMBYism fall flat.

    2. Regionally, CL would detract from Ben Wyvis’ iconic stature, particularly in Inverness where the turbines would be visible against the Ben from the city centre, Ardconnel Terrace (with its many guest houses), Milton of Leys, Westhill etc. I am sure that the residents in these areas would be strongly opposed to CL but, given that it took FCC’s intervention to secure a consultation here in Culbokie, I very much doubt that they have even been made aware of the plan.

    3. Many guesthouses and restaurants in the area, particularly on the Black Isle, cite their views of BW as a key feature. Thus the visual impact of CL could translate into a direct economic impact for these businesses.

    4. SNH data indicates that only >one< pair of Golden Eagles nests on the BW massif. With poisoning still a significant problem in Easter Ross, the Golden Eagle's foothold in the area is too precarious to erect a windfarm so close to a nesting area.

    5. It appears to me that Falck are attempting to 'railroad' the project by restricting the scale of their public consultations, publishing misleading impressions of the visual impact and wording documents as if to suggest that the project is a foregone conclusion, thereby discouraging public opposition.

    All in all a bad, bad idea

  • John E

    There is a lot of focus on the CL proposal. Worse in some ways is the Glenmorie application which is now in for consideration. It is essentially built on the Corbett Carn Chuinneag on the edge of the great wilderness between Strath Rusdale/Ardross and Ullapool. Raptors are again in abundance here. Highly visible from BW and neighbouring mountains, it is a desecration hard to comprehend.