at Whitelee Windfarm
Families with children
Whitelee Windfarm is a great place for the whole family to enjoy the great outdoors. Our turbine trails are largely traffic free so children can explore with confidence and bikes are welcome!
We also ask that you follow some simple guidelines:
- Before heading to the windfarm, make sure you are fully prepared. Bring warm, water proof clothing and make sure you have some snacks with you if you are venturing out on site.
- As a windy site, the heat of the sun is often not felt at Whitelee – make sure you bring and apply sun cream if heading out on site on a sunny day. Also, make sure you take water and keep yourself hydrated.
- The ground conditions at Whitelee are soft and boggy so we ask that you stick to the trails at all times and ensure children are fully supervised and do not venture off the tracks.
- Whitelee is popular with cyclists of all abilities and we ask that if bringing bikes, children are always supervised and only ride in areas and conditions that suit their abilities. There are some steep inclines and declines, coupled with areas of loose stone and small pot holes, that may catch some riders off guard – please ensure you take appropriate care.
- The wind turbines are spaced surprisingly far apart. Make sure you plan a route that everyone in you group will be able to manage. Please ask in the Visitor Centre for ideas before heading out on site.
Walking your dog at Whitelee Windfarm
Walking your dog at Whitelee Windfarm is a great way to explore the rugged wilderness of Eaglesham moor.
We ask that you also follow some simple guidance:
- When entering and leaving the windfarm, make sure you have your dog on a lead and under close control. The access road to the car park is narrow and often busy with cars, busses, cyclists and pedestrians.
- When adventuring out on the windfarm site, please also keep your dog under close control and do not allow it to trouble others. Not everyone is a dog lover and some people, particularly small children, are wary of large dogs so please take this into consideration.
- We ask that you do not allow your dog to foul surfaced routes, maintained verges, site entrances, car parks or other public areas and to make use of the bins provided on site.
- Whitelee is used by farm animals for grazing and we ask that you have your dog on a short lead and under control if in close proximity to any sheep or cows you make come across on site. Never let your dog worry or attack livestock.
- We ask that you never take your dog into a field where there are calves or lambs.
- Please keep your dog on a short lead or under close control during the bird breeding season (usually 1st March to 31st July) in areas such as moorland, forests, grassland, and loch shores.
Riding your horse at Whitelee Windfarm
Did you know that the trails at Whitelee are suitable for horse riding and we have a large car parking space ideal for horse boxes?
We have hosted a windfarm familiarisation session with the British Horse Society – view a video of the day.
If accessing the windfarm by horse, we ask that you follow some simple guidelines:
- Always take care of your own safety and that of your horse and other visitors. Remember, some visitors to site may simply be afraid of horses so be cautious and considerate.
- Cyclists and dog walkers use Whitelee’s trails regularly and may approach suddenly without warning. Please make sure you are aware of your surroundings at all times and that you give way to others where necessary.
- Please do not enter areas or fields where there might be animals that may be a danger to you or in danger from you, be aware of other livestock on site and ensure you ride slowly when passing.
- Please don’t ride on ground that is wet or poorly drained as this may cause damage.
- Finally, at all times, we ask that you ride within your ability.
Cycling at Whitelee Windfarm
Love cycling? Bring your bike to Whitelee! There’s more than 130kms of trails to explore for both a leisurely cycle and more adventurous rides. Afterwards you can lock your bike in our cycle store, have a refreshing shower and enjoy the café and exhibitions at the Visitor Centre.
We now also offer dedicated mountain bike trails at Whitelee Windfarm, developed and managed by East Renfrewshire Council. Located a short distance from the Visitor Centre, the mountain bike trails have something for every level of rider and some picnic benches and weather shelters for observers too! Maps can be collected from the Visitor Centre.
We also ask that you follow some simple guidelines:
- Before heading to the windfarm, make sure you are prepared for emergencies. Always carry a puncture repair kit, water and warm clothing.
- The turbine trails at Whitelee are unbound compacted stone,which can be loose in places. There are gradual and more severe inclines and declines – please make sure you ride to your ability at all times and you fully supervise children.
- There is a series of dedicated cycle tracks a short distance from the Visitor Centre. Please read the signage at the entrance of this facility to learn about the grading of each track.
- Stay alert and be aware of other users such as horse riders and walkers. Make sure you alert them to your presence and slow down when passing them.
- When overtaking a horse, make sure they are aware that you are about to do so and make an audible warning if necessary.
- Observe your surroundings at all times and watch out for potential dangers such as loose gravel, pot holes or any obstructions to the trails.
- Remain on the trails at all times and do not cycle on boggy,wet or soft ground.
- Keep yourself safe and make sure you don’t alarm or endanger others.
Walking at Whitelee Windfarm
Want to escape to natural surroundings with great views across a stunning landscape? Then Whitelee Windfarm is for you.
With over 130kms of trails, winding through 215 turbines, there is a lot to explore by foot for those at a beginner to more advanced level. So why not improve your fitness for free at Whitelee?
We also ask that you follow some simple guidelines:
- Make sure you are fully prepared. Bring warm, water proof clothing and bring some snacks with you if you are venturing out on site.
- Always carry a map and plan your route in advance. The turbines are spaced surprisingly far apart and routes can be much longer than you first anticipate. If you are unsure, ask in the Visitor Centre before venturing out. It's a good idea to let someone know your estimated completion time and route.
- The trails on site are made of unbound compacted stone and can be loose in areas. Make sure you wear study footwear, ideally walking boots. The ground conditions at Whitelee are soft and boggy so we ask that you stick to the trails at all times and do not venture off the tracks.
- Take care of other site users, such as cyclists and horse riders who may approach you quickly from behind.
Did you know Whitelee Windfarm has its own Countryside Ranger Service?
The Rangers are part of the joint East Renfrewshire, South Lanarkshire and East Ayrshire councils Whitelee Access Project and are based in a cabin beside the Visitor Centre and are here to help you enjoy the outdoors and make the most of your visit to Whitelee.
The rangers run an annual program and free activities and events – to find out what's on download their latest event guide from their webpages at: http://www.eastrenfrewshire.gov.uk/whitelee-events.
Learn about walking and cycling in the area
Would you like to learn more about walking and cycling in the area with your family? Maybe you wish to learn about the flora and fauna or history, on your doorstep with a school or interest group or perhaps you just fancy getting outdoors and stretching your legs? The Whitelee Rangers can help with all of this, simply give them a call, write them an email or visit them in person!
In person: Ranger Cabin beside the Visitor Centre
Via email: firstname.lastname@example.org
By phone: 0141 614 0962
Some important information:
- Bookings for ranger events can be made by contacting the rangers directly on 0141 614 0962.
- All children must be accompanied by an adult on all events (including specific kid’s activities).
- For cycle events, please bring your own bike (preferably a mountain bike or similar) and helmet and ensure bicycle is in good working order.
- Please wear suitable clothing, bring waterproofs (even in summer!) and wear sturdy shoes or boots on all events.
- The rangers may take photographs on events, which may be used in promotional material. If you would rather not be included in these pictures, please tell one of the rangers before the event begins.
- Please see the Whitelee Countryside Rangers web pages (www.eastrenfrewshire.gov.uk/whitelee) for directions to events meeting points.
- All finish times and distances are approximate and subject to change
Looking after your health and safety at Whitelee Windfarm
1. Always plan your trip in advance.
When visiting Whitelee we ask that you follow some simple guidelines to ensure your trip is an enjoyable as possible.
As an elevated, exposed site covering a large area, weather conditions can vary greatly and quickly. Make sure you know an accurate weather forecast and that you do not plan to enter the site under adverse conditions. View our detailed weather guidance.
The scale of the windfarm is often not appreciated and the distance between turbines can be vast. Take care to plan your route in advance and ensure you are physically able to undertake and complete it.
It’s also a good idea to let someone know your route and expected completion time.
Finally, we ask that you only use the turbine trails during your visit and avoid accessing the open moorland or areas of blanket bog. Large areas of very wet or soft ground are present and open ditches and drainage channels are common, many of which are hidden by vegetation. Visitors are asked to be aware of these hazards if venturing off surfaced routes. Equestrian users in particular should be aware of the presence of soft ground and hidden ditches.
2. Be prepared for your visit
We ask all visitors to collect a map from the Visitor Centre before heading out and to ensure they are prepared. When out on site and venturing past the mountain bike trails, there are no shelters so be prepared to face the elements if the weather turns.
Clothing: Warm, waterproof and if possible windproof clothing is recommended for all visitors, including gloves and a hat.
Shoes: We recommend sturdy footwear onsite to provide good ankle support and a firm grip. Our trails are forestry-commission grade compound and can have loose areas and pot holes.
Equipment: We recommend that you collect a map from the Visitor Centre before venturing out on site. It is also a good idea for visitors to make sure they carry a compass, sun cream, a water bottle for hydration, a torch, a whistle and a first aid kit.
Food: Make sure you bring some snacks with you if exploring the site. High energy food like dried fruit, energy bars and chocolate are a good idea.
3. Know what to do in an emergency
Whitelee Windfarm is a bit like a national park; a large, open, natural area for you to explore that is not staffed. Mobile phone reception varies across the site and cannot be relied upon.
If you do experience difficulty whilst on the windfarm, please locate your position using the map and nearest turbine (all turbines on site are numbered on their towers and are also numbered on the maps provided by the Visitor Centre) and call the required emergency services.
4. Follow the Scottish Outdoor Access Code
Did you know that Part One of the Land Reform (Scotland) Act 2003 gives everyone statutory access rights to most land and inland water in Scotland? These rights must be exercised responsibly by respecting people’s privacy, safety and livelihoods, and Scotland’s environment.
The Scottish Outdoor Access Code provides detailed guidance on the responsibilities of those exercising their access rights, and of those managing land and water over which these rights may be exercised. The Code is based on three key principles and these apply equally to the public and to land managers. When visiting Whitelee we ask that you follow these:
- Be considerate and aware
- Take responsibility for your own actions and act safely
- Respect people’s privacy and peace of mind
- Care for your environment, take your litter home and don’t disturb wildlife
- Be responsible with open fires, use a stove if possible
- Do not disrupt on-going land management operations and leave all gates as you find them
- Pay attention to any temporary restrictions or diversions indicated
Weather at Whitelee Windfarm
Whitelee Windfarm is elevated and exposed meaning the weather can change quickly and without warning. The site also spans a large area, meaning weather conditions can vary greatly from one side to the other. Please take some time to plan your visit in advance to make sure you are properly prepared and ask about weather conditions in the Visitor Centre before venturing out.
Snow & ice
As an elevated site, Whitelee is prone to experience snow and ice regularly during cold conditions. Please note that windfarm trails and the Visitor Centre car park are not treated and caution should be used at all times under these conditions.
Snow drifts are common at Whitelee and we ask visitors to avoid entering the windfarm in periods of heavy snowfall. Snow poles are installed at the edge of trails and can be used as a guide to the path locations if the tails are not visible due to snow cover.
Under certain conditions snow and ice gathered on blades can detach as they rotate. If visitors are on site when these conditions occur, we ask that as much distance as possible is maintained from the wind turbines.
If lightning is forecast, we do not recommend you enter the windfarm site. If you are on the windfarm when lightning conditions develop please keep a safe distance from the wind turbines and leave the site as quickly as possible. Never shelter close to a turbine under such conditions.
In summer and throughout the rest of the year too, Whitelee experiences some beautiful sunny days. Due to the elevated position and constant breeze, the heat of the sun is not often felt by visitors. In these conditions, we ask that all visitors to site apply appropriate sun protection regularly, keep themselves hydrated and keep covered up.
Wind & rain
As a windfarm site, Whitelee is very windy! Our exposed location means that light breezes can quickly turn to strong gusts bringing heavy down pours. Shelters are only located at the mountain bike trails and if you are venturing further that this, we ask all visitors to ensure they have suitable warm, waterproof clothing and sensible, sturdy walking shoes.
Windfarm in the dark
Whitelee Windfarm and its trails are not lit and we ask all visitors to be cautious if accessing the site during hours of darkness. During winter, the site can be dark as early as 3pm. As a precaution, make sure you always carry a map and a torch will full batteries and make sure someone knows when you will be onsite, the route you are planning to take and when you are likely to return.