A charity has been hit with a £50,000 legal bill after objecting to a proposed windfarm the size of Inverness.
Wild land charity the John Muir Trust is bracing itself for a massive legal bill after failing to have the plugs pulled on power company SSE's Stronelairg Windfarm scheme.
Highland businesses have been urged to cash-in on a giant windfarm development in the region - but objectors dismissed the move as "smoke and mirrors."
Campaigners have abandoned their fight against plans for the Highlands' biggest windfarm yet - because of the prohibitive cost of further legal action.
Highland councillors will make their own observations on Tuesday about the next line of super pylons planned for the north, linking substations along the 100-mile route from Kintore in Aberdeenshire to Beauly where it links in to the Denny transmission line.
A cluster of 13 massive wind turbines could be approved for a Highland wilderness that draws thousands of walkers and cyclists each year.
Councillors are being directed to approve a major electricity substation at a tranquil Highland beauty spot to accommodate a windfarm that is currently the subject of a legal challenge.
A coalition of leading outdoor and conservation groups has accused the Scottish Government of ignoring "inconvenient" expert views on proposed windfarm developments.