There is no evidence to suggest that windfarms have a negative effect on tourism. In fact, the opposite is often found to be the case and many developers are asked to provide a visitor centre, viewing platforms and rights of way to their sites. A MORI poll in Scotland carried out in 2002 showed that 80% of tourists would be interested in visiting a windfarm. The UK's first commercial windfarm at Delabole received 350,000 visitors in the first ten years. The turbine at Swaffham in Norfolk enjoys 10,000 visitors a year.
ScottishPower Renewables has opened a visitor centre and environmental education facility at our operational Whitelee Windfarm, just south of Glasgow. Over 200,000 visitors have been welcomed through the doors since it opened in September 2009. To learn more about this facility including directions and opening times please click here.