THE campaign against controversial plans to develop a high-voltage overhead power line between Beauly and Denny stepped up a gear throughout the year.
Developers Scottish and Southern Energy maintained it needed to upgrade the 137-mile line to carry renewable energy generated in the north of Scotland to markets further south.
But the project became mired in controversy as opponents raised concerns about the prospect of a line of "mega-pylons", some up to 200ft high.
Multi-millionaire Brendan Clouston, owner of the 546-acre Eilean Aigas island estate in the River Beauly, was among the coalition of individuals, environmentalists and community councils calling for the line to be buried, particularly in those areas of scenic beauty.
The Canadian tycoon helped to bankroll a campaign group Pylon Pressure which set up a website and organised a doorstep drop of 7000 glossy leaflets in the Beauly area.