Save Glen Etive – A final chance to halt the hydro

By 26th February 2019March 13th, 2019Save Glen Etive, Uncategorised

Last week all 7 hydro schemes in Glen Etive were approved for planning permission. There’s a final chance to stop these schemes, thanks to a motion tabled by Cllr Andrew Baxter.

To be allowed to take part, these Highland Councillors need to get involved in the process immediately. We’ve written an email to send to them, or you can write your own. We’ve compiled a list of the councilors to send them to.

Highland Council – Email Contact List


Dear Councillor


As a regular visitor / resident of the Highlands, I urge you to take action to preserve the Wild Land of Glen Etive. 3 of the 7 proposed hydro schemes planned for this glen are to be situated within its wild eastern flank they risk degrading the very thing that makes the Highlands special.  The many concerns around the environmental impact of these schemes, the technical issues with their construction and the insignificant amount of power produced have all been heard and ignored by the planning department. Our hope is that you will consider these schemes in the wider context.

Development of wild land makes a mockery of this new and much needed designation. The construction of several HEPs in this landscape by an absentee landlord allows the creation of wealth for the few at expense of the wider community that benefit from Scotland’s breath-taking landscapes. It would be hoped that those who strive for an environmentally conscious Scotland, proud of it’s landscapes and progressive in it’s policies would act to protect such an iconic glen.

Please show your support for the by engaging in the upcoming review of the planning decisions.


Yours Sincerely,




  • Robin Mungo Hartley Burgon Kimberley says:

    Glen Etive is a beautiful wilderness. Why in God’s name spoil it?

  • Steve Butler says:

    Glen Etive is one of the most beautiful parts of the highlands and should not be developed in this manner. The focus on renewables should be elsewhere and not at the expense of this wilderness.

  • Steven Barrow says:

    Keep wild places wild.

  • Jessica Bell says:

    The Highlands are one of the most spectacular in the world because of the wild, untouched nature of the place. To even consider deveopment within this area is a crime.

  • Alex Barrow says:

    Glen etive is a beautiful untouched part of the highlands which much of the surrounding area relys on for income from tourists. I believe that the relatively small power output from the dam would be nowhere near enough to justify the destruction of one of Scotland’s most beautiful glens as well as the significant affect it would have on the tourist industry in the local area. Furthermore the dam would only benefit the few people involved in the construction of the dam whilst negatively impacting thousands of other people who live in or visit the area.

  • Eddie Brennan says:

    HI. A long lost of councillors. Is there a means to mass email them?

  • Michael Richter says:

    Nature is a gift. We al should Love.

  • Glen Etive is beautiful. There are better places to situate hydro schemes.

  • Caleb says:

    #Fuckdams keep our water ways natural.

  • Laura Klimaszewski says:

    Why flood an area of outstanding beauty? Money-shame on that plan!!!

  • david alun wright says:

    Why destroy the last remaining beauty in the world for the grabbing of money.

  • Andy Teasdale says:

    You can’t do this. This valley is beautiful and should not be changed in any way. Do not build any hydro schemes on the Etive, please!

  • William watson says:

    Leave this amazing l place alone please

  • Alexander Pozyczka says:

    Such a short sighted proposal. Leave these wild areas intact and untouched so that future generations can enjoy them otherwise there will be nothing left to enjoy. Don’t allow a few individuals to exploit them for profit, it’s criminal!!

  • James says:

    Dig up and/or permanently block the road in addition to cancelling the construction of these hydros. The use of glen etive as a campsite/toilet for anyone (and everyone apparently) visiting glen coe has to stop. Protesting the construction of renewables for wildness while allowing people to drive there and crap all over the place doesn’t make much sense.

  • Richard Bailey says:

    What on Earth is wrong with those persons who cannot see the value of the wild country in their care? Are they blind? Or are they greedy? Certainly, they are insensitive to all our needs for wildness.

  • Alex says:

    Glen Etive is one of the most wild and beautiful places I have visited. To seek to tarnish its splendour with such plans is beyond comprehension.

  • Emma Johnson says:

    Glen Etive has always felt like I’m going back home, land that is so vast, wild untamed with its majestic mountains!
    It’s disgusting & a crime to even think about development in such an outstanding area of beauty!!

  • Graham Nevett says:

    Glen Etive is such a special place and it would be good to keep it so for future generations.

  • The beauty of the highlands is the fact it has not been developed on for centuries. Renewables energy needs to be taken else where and to leave parts of our olanet untouched.

  • Olivia West says:

    Once these wild places are destroyed and altered, they can never return to the way they were. Renewable energy is also important, but maybe development should stay where development has already occurred. Maybe we should change the way we hold ourselves in the world and focus on using only what we need, and cutting down consumerism instead. Glen Etive is one of the most beautiful places I’ve had the gift of experiencing. Please don’t change it.

  • Andrew Gibson says:

    I hope the ghosts of Dierdre of the sorrows and Rob Roy haunt the developers and all those responsible for the proposed desecration of this stunning Highland glen I mean what will be next , the glen Nevis gorge , glen torridon , Glencoe , it beggars belief !