Information about Whitelee Windfarm - the largest on-shore windfarm in the UK.
The Whitelee Visitor Centre is now operating under winter opening hours as follows: Monday to Friday 10am to 4pm (Cafe 3.30pm), Saturday and Sunday 10am to 5pm (Cafe 4.30pm) until 10th December 2023, when the Visitor Centre will close for the Winter, and re-open on 1 February 2024. Outwith these times, you can still use the car parks and windfarm for outdoor recreational access, however, please note, there is no access to toilets whilst the visitor centre is closed.
Since opening to the public in 2009, Whitelee has welcomed over a million visitors and become a popular venue for outdoor recreation. Sitting across parts of East Renfrewshire, South Lanarkshire and East Ayrshire council areas, Whitelee's 215 turbines provide 539MW of renewable energy - enough to power the equivalent of 350,000 homes.
Whitelee's large network of paths and tracks - extending to over 130km - are popular with walkers, cyclists and other recreational users.
A number of signposted routes are available including the popular Blackwood Hill Viewpoint, Lochgoin Circuit and a series of longer routes throughout the windfarm.
Whitelee also has a network of single-track mountain biking trails located a short distance from Whitelee Visitor Centre. The windfarm can be accessed at all times. not just during visitor centre opening hours.
Whitelee has a rich and varied history with an abundance of historical and cultural features still evident today. These include the Covenanters Museum at Lochgoin Farm as well as a number of cairns and monuments scattered throughout the windfarm.
The site also supports a wide range of important habitats and species, with considerable efforts being made to safeguard and improve the site for wildlife.
We work with landowners and Scottish Power Renewables - the windfarm operator - to support public use of the site and manage a team of Whitelee countryside rangers working across Whitelee. The site also hosts numerous events throughout the year.