Whitelee access restrictions

Find out what areas of the windfarm are off limits to help you plan your trip safely.

As Whitelee is a working windfarm and commercial forest, there will be times when temporary restrictions are needed for public safety. Where possible, alternate routes will be provided and signposted for visitors.

Current restrictions

Lochgoin area - ongoing track closures - 28 August 2020 onwards

Scottish Power Renewables will be carrying out vital turbine inspections and maintenance in the Lochgoin area over the next couple of months. Due to health and safety requirements, there will be some track closures during this time. For your own health and safety don't enter any restricted areas. Alternative routes will be available, so please check any access restriction posters at the access notice board near the main site gate for affected routes although affected routes are subject to change at short notice. We'll also be updating route closures through our social media channels.

The first closure starts on Friday 28 August and affects the track between turbine 40 and the Spine Road past turbine 9 along the first array road from the visitor centre.

Please use alternative routes along the second array road (turbines 41-72) and the third array road (turbines 42-11). This closure will be in effect until further notice.

Forestry Operations in Ardochrig area

There will be ongoing forestry felling work with forwarders operating in the Ardochrig area, and there will also be increased timber haulage in surrounding areas affecting the following routes between the specified dates. 

15 June 2020 to 31 October 2020

Borrow Road between turbine 119 and junction with Spine Road, west of turbine 135.

1 November 2020 to 31 January 2021

Spine Road from junction at Ardochrig substation, past turbines 140, 125, 118, and 113.

1 February 2021 to 31 March 2021

Cleughearn Road from junction at Ardochrig substation, past turbines 133 and 132, and along Spine Road to turbine 125, and the track passing turbines 118 and 113.

Forestry operations at Muir Hill - High Alderstocks and affecting Spine Road

There will be ongoing forestry operations including felling taking place in and around Muir Hill, near turbines 64, 65, 94, 95. Please follow local diversions and access advice.

Turbines 1, 5 and 7

Visitors to this area are asked not to park vehicles in the area, or any of the lay-bys along the road to Lochgoin Farm as they're not within the windfarm and are on private land.

Vehicle access to this area isn't included in normal access rights and due to recent incidents the landowner has had to withdraw permission to park here. Visitors can still visit the area on foot or by bike.

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, 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 keep dogs on a short lead and avoid allowing them to disturb the cattle. Further to this, if exercising, be considerate of the livestock and avoid them if possible, slow down, do not 'spook' them or cause them to scatter as this could potentially harm the cattle.

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

Carrot

There's an issue with parking at the Carrot entrance. The lay by is largely out of use and there's little or no alternative parking.

Last modified on 29 September 2020

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