Scottish wind farm joins tourism body

UK: Scottish Power has agreed to allow its 322MW Whitelee wind farm to join Scotland's tourism body, the Association of Scottish Visitor Attractions.

Tourism attraction... Scotland's Whitelee wind farm
Tourism attraction... Scotland's Whitelee wind farm

The wind farm, which is located in south-west Scotland, includes 56 miles of hiking and mountain bike trails. It also includes a visitor centre.

According to Scottish Power, 250,000 people have visited the project since 2009. It is one of the largest onshore wind farms in the UK and is principally powered by Siemens 2.3MW turbines.

Scottish energy and tourism minister Fergus Ewing said: "Whitelee is creating new opportunities for a wide range of outdoor leisure activities to the south of Glasgow through improved access, a popular visitor centre and great linkages into the education community."

In 2010, the wind farm gathered headlines for a different reason when a turbine blade snapped off during operation. The incident happened in the early hours of the morning and no visitors were nearby.

A number of projects are looking at the possibility of tourism visits. Last year, a ferry service off Nantucket said it was planning to offer trips to the upcoming Cape Wind project.

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