Whitelee Wind Farm

Whitelee Wind Farm near Glasgow in Scotland has attracted nearly 250,000 visitors according to the operators of its visitor centre.

The visitor centre is run by wind farm owner Scottish Power Renewables and Glasgow Science Centre. As a result of the huge number of people wanting to see the wind farm since it opened in 2008, the decision has been taken to join the Association of Scottish Visitor Attractions.

Whitelee Wind Farm is only 20 minutes from Glasgow centre and is the biggest onshore wind farm in Europe. There are 70km of tracks for walking, cyling and horseriding and 25 square km of habitat management for wildlife such as Black Grouse and Merlin.

John Alexander, Project Director at ScottishPower Renewables, said: “We are very pleased that Whitelee Windfarm will be joining Scotland’s top tourist attractions as a fully fledged member of the ASVA. It is fantastic that people have shown so much interest in the wind farm, and it has surpassed all of our expectations.

“One of our key priorities when building the wind farm was to ensure that it was accessible, and that people could enjoy interacting with it. The new tracks and paths have opened up large sections of countryside that people previously could not access.

“The biggest success we believe has been the number of visitors, especially the school children, who have come to the centre to learn more about renewable energy. The team at Glasgow Science Centre do a fantastic job in bringing the windfarm to life and explaining the engineering and science that goes in to operating the largest wind farm in Europe.”

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