Lying just 10 miles south of Glasgow, Whitelee is home to the UK’s largest on-shore windfarm and has become a popular venue for cyclists since opening to the public in 2009. With a purpose-built visitor centre and expanding network of traffic-free trails linking its 215 wind turbines, the area provides almost endless route options across over 150km of trails. The windfarm’s many natural viewpoints offer panoramic views to the southern uplands, Arran and the Ayrshire coast in the west, the Lomond and Pentland Hills in the east and Ben Lomond and the Trossachs to the north.
The addition of a purpose-built MTB facility in 2014 has expanded Whitelee’s cycling facilities. The site, developed within a former borrow pit, lies just 500m from Whitelee Visitor Centre. It comprises 3.5km of blue graded single track, a number of more technical (red-graded) features, skills area, pump track and a picnic area with wet weather shelters. The site is free to use and ideal for beginners, family groups and more experienced riders alike, packed with features and different riding options.
Whitelee Visitor Centre is free and opens daily throughout most of the year (10am-5pm). Facilities include cafe, viewing platform, interactive exhibition, toilets, showers and secure cycle storage. A dedicated countryside ranger service is available to offer access-related advice and runs a programme of activities throughout the year.