Renewable energy developer RES has expressed disappointment that Highlands Council decided on a split 5-2 vote to refuse planning permission for its Culachy Wind Farm on a site near historic Corrieyairack Pass.
The 13-turbine wind farm, near Fort Augustus, was recommended for approval by planning officers and was in an area identified as suitable for wind farms.
RES had designed the wind farm so that it sits within a bowl in the landscape and would not be seen from Loch Ness.
RES Development Manager Lisa Miller said: “We are disappointed with the decision to refuse Culachy Wind Farm as we worked hard to ensure that the wind farm was acceptable and policy compliant.
“We will now take time to review the council decision.”
Highlands Council also deferred a decision on a 13-turbine Tom Nan Clach wind farm, near Tomatin, until next month.