Whitelee Windfarm

[As far as the eye can see - Whitelee Windfarm]

Whatever your feelings about wind farms, Whitelee is a eye-catching place. It's the UK's biggest onshore windfarm (and Europe's second largest), with well over 200 turbines which can produce enough energy to power 300,000 homes. The site is strung across bleak moorland yet within easy driving distance from Glasgow and Kilmarnock; it's always been surprisingly busy when we've visited - including in the middle of the night to watch a meteor shower. Start by visiting the modern visitor centre, which contains a smart, interactive exhibition as well as a café and the usual facilities. Afterwards, take a wander amongst the turbines - 55 square kilometres is easily enough to get lost so pick up a map from a leaflet box beforehand. It's a good area to explore by bike: indeed, a small area dedicated to mountain biking has also been developed here.

[Visitor Centre exhibition]

Name: Whitelee Windfarm ☆☆☆
Location (visitor centre): Minor road 4 miles south-west of Eaglesham, G.R.: NS 529490 / lamps disbelief claw
Open (2017): Visitor centre: Generally daily but some winter and weekday closures - check website. Rest of site: Always
Cost: Free

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