VISITORS to Whitelee wind farm can now catch a glimpse of the big blue in the distance, after the opening of a new observation point on Blackwood Hill.
The Eaglesham Moor viewpoint — which sits 1,000 feet above sea level — was officially opened last Thursday in a ceremony attended by East Renfrewshire councillors and special guests.
The council promises that on a clear day, visitors will see as far as the Antrim coast to the west, Pentland hills to the east, Southern Uplands and Merrick to the south and the highlands in the north.
The opening of the new lookout, by ERC’s environmental convenor Vincent Waters, was commemorated with a bronze toposcope, displaying the names, directions and distances of notable landmarks such as Ben Lomond.
Declaring the attraction open, councillor Waters commented: “I am most impressed with the craftsmanship of this observation point, and the views are simply breathtaking.
“It has been created as one of the highest points of the wind farm and offers views which stretch almost 100 miles in every direction.
“I was amazed you could see Ailsa Craig, as I always thought you had to be close to the Ayrshire coast to get a glimpse of it.
“This viewpoint on Blackwood Hill will, I am sure, be a magnate for walkers and lovers of the great outdoors who want to expand their horizons”.
Guests at the opening ceremony included ERC’s chief executive Lorraine McMillan, council leader Jim Fletcher, counillor Stewart Miller and representatives from neighbouring councils East Ayrshire and South Lanarkshire, as well as Scottish Power Renewables.
Members of the community were also in attendance, including representatives from Eaglesham and Darvel community councils.
The observation point itself was chosen as the best possible observation point within walking distance of the Whitelee visitor centre, which lies one and a half miles from the site.
And, according to Whitelee’s access project officer, Nick Prower, it has proved popular in recent weeks, despite being unfinished, as “the three mile round trip is achievable even with young children”.
East Ren residents are invited to find out for themselves, with events running at the wind farm throughout the year — further information on which is available at www.eastrenfrewshire.gov.uk/whitelee.