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Whitelee windfarm

Camping at Whitelee

Visitors to Whitelee can 'wild camp' under the rights granted by the Scottish Outdoor Access Code (SOAC), if done responsibly.

The majority of Whitelee windfarm is built on an area of blanket (peat), bog and as such good camping locations are limited. It is not advisable to camp on the peatbog as it's composed of up to 90% water (& 10% plant matter), making it extremely soft and wet in places, meaning that pitched tents can sink into the peat when in use. Please stick to the recommended locations for your safety and comfort.

Fires

Having a small campfire is permitted under SOAC if managed carefully. We advise against having a fire anywhere near turbines, HV cables, buildings or infrastructure, or on peat. Peat fires can go underground, burning for decades, and have the potential to damage the windfarm and its habitats.

When wild camping please abide by the Scottish Outdoor Access Code

  • Avoid overcrowding by moving on to another location.
  • Carry a trowel to bury toilet waste and urinate well away from water courses.
  • Use a stove or leave no trace of any camp fire.
  • Never cut down or damage trees.
  • Take away your rubbish and consider picking up other litter as well.

Please note the countryside rangers monitor the campsite locations and groups found to have left litter, waste etc will be requested to clear up before leaving — or to return if via an organised group/expedition etc.

Groups

If you plan to visit with a larger group to camp, possibly via the cubs, girl guides, scouts or on a Duke of Edinburgh expedition for example, please consider letting the countryside rangers know. You are under no obligation to inform the rangers of when you plan to visit but letting them know means they can advise of any other groups planning to use the area and they can provide helpful advice on alternate sites if necessary.

Camp Locations

Please download the corresponding map:

1. Southwest of Knockenbeg Hill

Ground conditions - soft, wet after rain; Tents - 6+; Water - stream; Fire - difficult.

Drier area to the side of the hill. Should not be used after periods of heavy rainfall. Whitelee visitor centre - approximately 25 minute walk away. Water available from various local burns and streams - must be treated before consumption. Area is exposed and privacy for toilets can be problematic as the site is within a popular area of the site. Fires not recommended.

2. Melowther Hill

Ground conditions - soft; Tents - 12+; Water - yes; Fire - not recommended.

Drier areas can be found on the slopes of this low hill. Approximately 1 - 1½ hours walk from Whitelee visitor centre. Water is available from various local burns and streams - must be treated before consumption. The area is exposed to the wind and is within a popular area of the site. Fires not recommended.

3. Carrot

Ground conditions - variable but dry; Tents - 12+; Water - stream; Fire - yes.

Approximately 20 minutes' walk from the Carrot entrance but please note, it is a steep initial climb up from the entrance. The campsite is in a former quarry area surrounded by conifer plantation and is therefore nicely secluded. Water is available from a burn that's passed on the walk in - must be treated before consumption. 

Carefully managed fires possible. A large, open roofed group (bivouac), shelter with fire site is seasonally available to use by groups. Contact WCRS for more details.

4. High Overmuir Farm

Ground conditions - variable but dry; Tents - 12+; Water - stream; Fire - yes.

Accessible from the Weavers Trail, wider windfarm and from Darvel. Camping is in fields surrounding the now abandoned farm. Water is available from a burn close by - must be treated before consumption. Carefully managed fires are possible. Please note - the farm buildings are unsafe and should not be approached. They also act as a wildlife refuge (birds), and disturbance should therefore be minimised, particularly during the breeding season (Mar - Aug).

5. High Alderstocks Farm

Ground conditions - variable but dry; Tents - 12+; Water - stream; Fire - yes.

Accessible from the Ardochrig entrance, approximately 1 hours walk away, and from the East Ayrshire side of the windfarm. Camping is in old fields within the grounds of the now demolished farm but please note that tall weeds can reduce camping space during the summer months. Water is available from burns and streams further into the windfarm - must be treated before consumption. Carefully managed fires are possible.

6. Croilburn

Ground conditions - good; Tents - 12+; Water - stream; Fire - yes.

Accessible via the Whitelee II extension and via Hareshawmuir Road. From the visitor centre the site is approximately 1.5 - 2 hours walk. Camping is in fields surrounding an old farmstead. Water is available from a small burn close by - must be treated before consumption. The area is enclosed by woodland and is relatively sheltered. Carefully managed fires are possible. Please note - the farm buildings are unsafe and should not be approached. They also act as a wildlife refuge (birds), and disturbance should therefore be minimised, particularly during the breeding season (Mar - Aug), to avoid breaking the law.

Please pass on any problems or concerns with the campsites to the Whitelee Countryside Ranger Service: whitelee-crs@eastrenfrewshire.gov.uk / 0141 614 0962


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