Please urge the Scottish Government to save Coul Links

Take action to ask Scottish Ministers to save Coul Links before it’s too late

We joined forces with ScotWays at a public inquiry in March 2019 to fight plans to transform the beautiful dunes at Coul Links in Sutherland into an 18-hole golf course.

In late November 2019, inquiry reporters handed their recommendations to the Scottish Government and Ministers. That means a decision could me made imminently, so it's vital the outdoors community makes its voice heard now.

The plans must be refused as the golf course:

  • Threatens to permanently transform Coul Links’ wild and scenic dunes
  • Could restrict informal public access and impact on people’s outdoor experience
  • Is inappropriate for a special, internationally-protected place
  • Includes seven holes that cross an important core path, which is part of the newly-developed John o’ Groats Trail long-distance route.

Scottish Natural Heritage objected, Highland Council’s own planning officers recommended refusal, and a coalition of seven conservation organisations has highlighted the serious threats to the area’s biodiversity and wildlife.

Read more on the background to the case here.

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