Horse riding at Whitelee
Find out about all the routes and trails suitable for horses.
For a site map and popular route guides for all pursuits please see our Route Maps page.
The map of whitelee [4Mb] shows the variety of the paths around the windfarm, if you want to choose your own route around the site. Every turbine is numbered both onsite and on the map, making navigation easier and it is recommended to always take a copy of the map with you if exploring Whitelee off the main routes.
If you have never previously brought your horse to a windfarm or taken it close to a wind turbine, it is recommended to 'familiarise' your horse with turbines before attempting a long ride at Whitelee. The British Horse Society (Scotland), have held successful 'horse familiarisation' events at Whitelee with no issues with the horses and turbines, but for a first visit it is recommended to take the time to introduce your horse to the site / turbines. The countryside rangers can provide advice on how to introduce your horse to the site / turbines.
Currently the best places for horse riders visiting the windfarm are the visitor centre entrance and Ardochrig entrance as these have space to accommodate horse boxes. (Please note however that space at the Ardochrig entrance is limited on busy days.) All the tracks and trails are suitable for use by horse riders but some areas can become degraded over time through heavy vehicle usage - please contact the countryside rangers for up to date track condition information.
Tracks within the windfarm are constructed with graded stone with a binding layer on the surface but some sections of track have suffered from erosion exposing the larger stone layer below, potentially making them unsuitable for horses. Track repairs are carried out annually and the rangers can provide updates on this work. Please also note that at this time the Weavers Trail Right of Way is unsuitable for horse riding as the route is unsurfaced and sections of it cross soft peat. The route to Craigendunton is also unsuitable as there is a locked gate on the route and no bridle gate is in place yet. It is hoped that a new bridle gate will be installed in due course. Please check with website for updates or contact the countryside rangers for further information.
A small number of cattle grids are present in the windfarm but all are signposted 50 meters back and have bridle or field gates to one side and suitable boulders or benches for mounting close by. Additional mounting blocks will be arriving soon to aid riders.
The countryside rangers are keen to hear from horse riders about their experiences at Whitelee - please contact them and let them know how you found your visit so that they can build up a better picture of the windfarm for horse riding and then pass this information onto other users.
Off-track trekking / riding
Seasonal off-track routes will be coming to Whitelee very soon with plans well under way for a mown route around the back of Dunwan Hill. Please check back here or the News page for updates.
Carriage / buggy driving
Horse and carriage / buggy driving is possible at Whitelee as long as the carriage does not exceed 1.5meters, which is the width of bridle gates in the site. Carriage driving is best from the main visitor centre entrance at this time. Carriage drivers are requested to be considerate of other access users when in the windfarm and to be watchful for site vehicles on blind bends and rises etc.
A short horse route from the Ardochrig entrance is available to download and print from the Related documents section on this page.
Please be aware that track conditions vary through the site. Monitoring of the track quality and a maintenance program is continually carried out by Scottish Power Renewables but there will always be sections on some tracks that are better suited to certain activities. Some smaller paths are maintained by the countryside rangers. For further information on track conditions please contact the rangers.