Come and see…
The four wind turbines at Skelmonae have been up and running since early 2010 and we have been working hard to complete a range of facilities for visitors who want to come and see them. Public access has been created and the hillside offers magnificent, sweeping views across rolling farmland, all the way to Bennachie in the distance.
To allow our visitors to enjoy their time in the fresh air (naturally, it can be a bit bracing up here!), we’ve laid a sheltered walking, cycling and horse-riding track. Alongside it, we’ve planted flowering bulbs, species-rich grasses and wildflowers that will increase plant diversity and help to feed the insects, wild animals and birds, as well as looking pretty.
The initial 2.5km long track is complete and has
car parking spaces at both ends. At the top of the hill we’ve created an area with picnic benches and tables, plus an information board to identify all the local landmarks that can be seen from there on a clear day. The path leads from the hillside and dips through a valley with a stream, a pond and shady woodland that is home to many animals and birds. In Spring and Summer, the valley is often carpeted in wildflowers.
There are now three more wind turbines on adjacent land at Hill of Skilmafilly, which began to generate electricity in late 2014. We've created another picnic area and installed an information board there too, as it also benefits from a 285o arc of amazing views - all the way from the southeast to the north of Buchan.
We have laid a further 1.6km of track at Hill of Skilmafilly, which is linked to the trail at Skelmonae by 1km of minor road, to form a quiet and attractive walking, cycling and horse-riding route that is is more than 5km in length.