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Whitelee windfarm

Access restrictions

Check in here to see if any areas of the windfarm are off limits, to help you plan your trip safely.

Construction of Croilburn turbine

Whitelee is a working windfarm and commercial forest - for public safety there will therefore be times when temporary restrictions are required. Access restrictions will be in place for as short a period as possible and should only be in place for as long as there are active works being carried out. In some instances and where possible, alternate routes will be provided and signposted for visitors.

If you have any questions or concerns regarding access restrictions or access in general through the windfarm please contact the Whitelee Access Project Officer (Nick Prower), or the Whitelee Countryside Ranger Service using the contact details to the side of this page.

Details of current restrictions are given below.

The information on this page was last updated on: 19-2-18

Turbine 93 Restrictions

Please note there will be heavy lift work taking place on Monday 19th February at turbine 93 and likely lasting several days. Please therefore be aware there will be access restrictions in this area. This is due to vital maintenance work on the turbine. Alternate routes exist in the area of turbine 93 and the closure should not affect passage through the site.

Please follow any local guidance.

Lochgoin Mini Array (Turbines 1 - 5 & 7)

Visitors to this area are requested to keep in mind that the entrance to the array where parking generally takes place, and the lay-by's in this area, are not within the windfarm and are private land. Vehicle access to this area is not included in normal access rights and the ability to park here is by landowner permission only.

Recent incidents of inconsiderate parking blocking access to the array and impinging on the use of the road to Lochgoin Farm could result in the loss of vehicle access to this area. Visitors are reminded that vehicle access is not included in rights afforded by the Scottish Outdoor Access Code. If visiting this area and bringing a vehicle - please park sensibly and considerately and do not block access to gates, the array or anywhere else. If on arriving, the area is busy with cars - please consider going somewhere else or parking at the Whitelee visitor centre and walking over. Do not move or ignore access restrictions that can be in the form of road cones, fencing and signage.

Failure to park sensibly and considerately could result in the loss of vehicle access in this area. 

Whitelee II Restrictions at T189 and T198

There will be forestry work taking place in the area of turbines 189 to 198 that is projected to last until the end of January 2018. During this time the track between these turbines will be closed to public access. It is possible to avoid this section and access the wider site using alternate routes in the area.

Turbine 150 - Whitelee II Restrictions

Work will be taking place on turbine 150 within the Whitelee II extension area meaning that the area around the turbine is closed to public access for the time being. It is anticipated that the work will take several weeks - please check back here for updates.

Access is still possible in the general area but it is not possible to use the track with the affected turbine on it.

High Overmuir Farm

The roof of a barn has been blown off in high winds and visitors to the area are requested to avoid approaching the buildings. For your health and safety it is advisable to avoid the farm until such time that the area can be made safe by the windfarm operator.

Carrot Moor Farm/Myres Hill

Be aware that there are cattle in this area of the windfarm, southwest of the Myres Hill Test centre. We advise visitors to avoid the area if possible but if you are passing through this area, please avoid going near the livestock. If in the area and the cattle become aggressive, remove yourself from the area as quickly as possible.

If visiting this area please keep dogs on a short lead and avoid allowing them to disturb the cattle. Further to this, if walking, cycling, running etc, please be considerate of the livestock and avoid them if feasible, slow down, do not 'spook' them or cause them to scatter as this could potentially harm the cattle.

Please avoid going though the curtilage of the houses in this area and seek an alternate route that goes around the properties, not through them.

Carrot Area

Please note there is an issue with parking at the Carrot entrance. The lay-by is largely out of use and there is little or no alternative parking. If visiting this area please park so as not to impinge onto the road making access for residents difficult. We are looking into this issue and hope to find a solution.

Craigendunton Area

There are forestry felling operations taking place to the south of the reservoir with localised access restrictions found where the machines are operating - please watch for warning signage.

Forestry Restrictions

See Carrot and Craigendunton.

Whitelee is a working forest and throughout the year there will be areas where felling is taking place. Foresters work by hand with chainsaws as well as using timber harvesting machines. Felling work is inherently dangerous and members of the public should not approach work areas or foresters at work. Please look for and follow safety and diversion signs to avoid  these areas.

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