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.

Inquiry reporters will soon make recommendations to the Scottish Government and Ministers will then weigh up their final decision before an announcement later this year.

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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