Wind farms have had no effect on the number of people employed in Scottish tourism, a study has found.
Biggar Economics studied 18 wind farm sites and looked at the number of people employed in tourism in the local area before and after they were developed.
Some of the council areas with the greatest growth in tourism employment also saw the largest rise in onshore wind installations, the study found.
US Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump warned that wind farms would “destroy” tourism in Scotland, in a personal appeal to MSPs to block an 11-turbine offshore development close to his Aberdeenshire golf course in 2012.
Pressed for evidence for his assertion, Mr Trump insisted: “I am the evidence. I am an expert in tourism.”
However, BiGGAR Economics found that between 2009 and 2013, the level of employment in tourism in Scotland increased by 10.8 per cent during a time when the onshore wind sector was growing rapidly.
In the majority of areas studied – 66 per cent – sustainable tourism employment performed better in areas surrounding wind farms.