A day of learning: Whitelee Windfarm

Who would have thought that a windmill farm would be so popular?

I have passed the sign for Whitlee Windmill Farm more times than I can remember but it wasn’t till this last weekend that we decided to take a venture down and see what it was all about.

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The overflow car park was full – apparently windmills are a thing!

Just 20 minutes outside Glasgow, Whitelee has a lot to offer its visitors.¬†Whitlee is the UK’s largest onshore wind farm, it is located on the Eaglesham Moor.

The windfarm became fully operational in 2009 and produces clean green energy. It has 215 turbines which can generate 539MW of electricity, enough to power over 300,000 homes.

The visitors centre is the place to learn all about renewable energy and is the access point to over 130kms of trails for cycling, walking and other outdoor activities. Within the centre there is a cafe to refuel and an interactive exhibition.

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You can access the windfarm for free and experience the wind turbines up close with over 70km of trails to explore

Whitlee’s trails are great for cycling, walking and even horse riding.

We actually went twice it the windfarm – the first time we were so shocked by how popular it was and unfortunately we’re not properly attired to explore. We decided – well I strongly suggested – that another trip was necessary. This time armed with scarfs and trainer and some friends we headed out for a 3 mile walk along the trail, stopping to have lunch on a view point over looking out towards Glasgow.

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Along the trail is also some good old Scottish history – and being a historian by trade I loved this.

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The Covenantors used to preach in the moors and their relics still survive in a farm next to a monument just off the trails, in their honour!

Whitelee windfarm is a great day out for all the family, even your dog! Just remember to bring a towel as they could get mucky!

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