the Scottish government's wind farm policy has been criticised by a number of influential land and heritage bodies
A number of groups including the National Trust for Scotland and Ramblers Scotland, claimed ministers ignored their own advisers to back controversial large-scale developments. They believe the government failed to enable plans to be open to "proper and democratic scrutiny".
The group called for public inquiries over the use of wild areas.
The Scottish government said its policy aimed to strike a balance between Scotland's "massive green energy potential and the need to protect some of the country's most scenic and wild areas".
In an open letter, the alliance said the government approved "colossal" developments at Stonelairg in the Monadhliath Mountains and offshore - straddling the firths of Forth and Tay - "in the face of evidence and objections".
In both cases, it said ministers chose to ignore advice from Scottish Natural Heritage - the government's own expert advisers.
The statement is signed by the leaders of the Association for the Protection of Rural Scotland, the Mountaineering Council of Scotland, the Munro Society, the National Trust for Scotland, Ramblers Scotland and the Scottish Wild Land Group.
They don't dispute the necessity of first reducing energy use, and then substituting the use of fossil fuels with renewable energy alternatives, to help address the challenge of climate change. However there is growing public disquiet about the proliferation of energy developments in Scotland's wild land areas.