Rugged Bike – Whitelee Windfarm (Iain)

In landscape photography the golden hours of sunrise and sunset are considered the best time of day for any type of photography since the light is properly diffused and warm. Basically good light at this time can make any picture look good.

This month, the weather has been wet and the sky has been grey but on Saturday we were blessed with some spectacular winter sunlight.

It was a great opportunity to get the GoPro video camera out and shoot some video at Whitelee windfarm.

The Whitelee is just outside Glasgow and provides free parking, a visitor’s center, a cafe to enjoy lunch, and bus tours that take you around the entire complex. Although current restrictions mean only the free parking is available. Which proved very popular. By 10AM the car park was full and people were queuing to park.

The wind-farm has more than 62 miles (100 kilometers) of trails for cyclists, walkers, and dogs to explore. I’ve been here many times but usually to run. You can read about some attempts at racing here

or here

I ride a mountain bike but the tracks would be suitable for gravel bikes too. The route I choose was a nice loop of Loch Goin with a detour to the highest hill. From there I could see across Glasgow as well out west to Arran.

After watching the video, my brother said it made him look like a good mountain biker. I’m sorry to say the golden hour can make anything look good but even the best CGI couldn’t make him look like Danny MacAskill!

Judge for yourself.



Route Review

Rating: 3 out of 5.

Nearly 300m of climbing but the routes were very easy to ride.


Rating: 4 out of 5.

Great views over Glasgow and nice stretches of forest riding.


Rating: 5 out of 5.



Rating: 2 out of 5.

It was very busy. On a nice day, if you are not there early, then it might be full.


Rating: 1 out of 5.

There were no public toilets open.


Rating: 3 out of 5.

The cafe was closed (Nov 2020) but normally it does a nice range of teas/coffees and baking.


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