Protected dunes at Coul Links saved from golf plan

Coul Links

The Scottish Government has today rejected the plans to build an 18-hole golf course in the internationally-protected dunes at Coul Links in Sutherland.

Together with ScotWays and a coalition of conservation organisations, we've long been campaigning for the plan to be refused - as it would have been bad news for access, habitats and the unspoilt coastal landscape. 

We are grateful to everyone who stood up for Coul Links - including about a thousand supporters used our online form to write to Ministers, and the thousands more who used similar e-actions led by partner organisations. 

Brendan Paddy, Ramblers Scotland director, said: “We are hugely grateful and relieved that the Scottish Government has listened to the evidence-based concerns of environment, landscape and access experts, and saved Coul Links from this terrible golf plan. 

“I’m proud that thousands of people within the Scottish conservation and outdoors communities united against these proposals, which would have restricted access and permanently damaged internationally-protected dunes.

“The decision sends out a clear signal that Scotland’s finest landscapes, habitats and beauty spots aren’t simply up for sale to the highest bidder.”

Learn more about the history of the case here