A mature forest and home to Britain's largest onshore windfarm, Whitelee covers a vast area that's perfect to explore on bike and horse, as well as on foot. There are a mix of wide gravel forest roads and narrow earth paths, many of which offer superb views across Glasgow.
East Renfrewshire Council have created a series of downloadable maps and guides of the forest and its trails.
The size of Whitelee forest means it’s a great place to explore by bike or horse. From Ardochrig there are number of routes that are mainly flat, with few slopes. Head south to get straight into the forest, or north to discover a wetland area where dragonflies dart over the water in summer.
The visitor centre at Whitelee windfarm has interactive displays, a café, a shop and a waymarked trail to a viewpoint from where you can see Ben Lomond, Ailsa Craig and Arran.
The Whitelee ranger service run lots of exciting events and activities throughout the year, come along and learn more about the windfarm and the environment around it.
You’ll find a café and toilets at the Whitelee windfarm visitor centre. There are shops, places to eat and public toilets in Strathaven and East Kilbride.
The main entrance and small car park for Whitelee Forest is shared with the entrance to Whitelee Windfarm on the west side of the Ardochrig Road. If you don't spot our sign, you'll certainly spot the large green Scottish Renewables sign!
You can also access the forest from Carrot, although the road here is narrow and has sections of dirt track. Head south from Eaglesham on Strathaven Road, veering right when the road forks after Nether Enoch cottage. Continue along this road for 2 miles - a forestry sign marks the entrance. Please be considerate to neighbours when parking and using the access paths.
G75 0QN is the nearest postcode to the access point on Ardochrig Road.
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