The Out About Scotland complete guide to the Causeymire windfarm walk
Category: Landscape, Industrial, Walk or cycle route
Suitable for ages: 5 to 10 years, 11 to 18 years, 18+ years, 65+ years
Ideal for: Couples, Families, Groups, Solo travellers
I rate it: 6 out of 10
About the Causeymire windfarm walk
The wide open expanses of land around the far northeast of Scotland are just begging to be walked, and the well-maintained trail around Causeymire wind farm is perfect for a gentle stroll that can be easily accessed no matter the weather.
Although you may well think a wind farm is an unusual place to take a walk you might be surprised to see some quite beautiful views across Dale Moss and out towards Morven as you make your way around the route.
It’s also the perfect opportunity to take a good long look at the future of British energy production with the 21 turbines in the wind farm rising an impressive 60 metres into the sky.
This part of the country has plenty to offer visitors as there are lots of easily accessible attractions nearby, plus it’s easy to get to John O Groats or take a ferry to Orkney from Scrabster if you’re planning to spend a few days there.
The towns of Thurso and Wick are roughly the same distance apart from this windfarm walk so you can drive into either one if you fancy a cuppa afterwards, and Wick has the added bonus of the excellent Heritage Museum near the harbour.Read more...
Things to do at the Causeymire windfarm walk
As walks in the countryside go this is one of the more unusual ones, but no less enjoyable for it. It’s an easy walk with fairly well-maintained paths but I wouldn’t recommend it if you’ve got impaired mobility.
Even so, if you’re in the area and looking for a nice, quick walk that offers some fresh air along with the chance to see some enormous wind turbines up close, Causeymire wind farm is the place to go.
The wind farm is situated on a large area of peatland that’s very flat and makes for a refreshing change from the highland peaks that you’ll find along the west side of the country.
It might appear quite bleak at first but keep your eyes open because there’s a lot of birdlife that calls this wilderness their home and you’ll likely meet a few cows on the way as the land below the turbines is used for grazing cattle.
But obviously it’s the turbines themselves that dominate the landscape with their 40-metre blades spinning away in Scotland’s winds to provide power for more than 30,000 homes. They’re certainly quite a feat of modern engineering.
The views along this short route are very pretty indeed and you’ll get some great views across Dale Moss with the hills of Morven and the Maiden Paps clearly visible in the distance and it’s an ideal place to take the dog on a sunny afternoon.
My advice if you fancy exploring this part of Scotland is to invest in a map of the area as it’s so open and desolate, and the best maps by far are the ones made by Ordnance Survey. Buy OS Landranger maps direct from Ordnance Survey.
What I liked about this attraction
- It’s an easy walk
- The landscape is flat, but pretty
- It’s quite interesting seeing the turbines up close
My top tips
- It’s a remote walk but worth doing if you’re close to the A9
- There isn’t much room to park the car but you’ll find a couple of spaces near the entrance gate
- It’s quite windswept up there. Wear a decent windproof jacket
Address and directions map
The car parking area is just off the A9, south of Spittal between Thurso and Latheronwheel. Lat/Long: 58°26’04.9″N 3°25’30.7″W
This 5-mile trek will take most walkers around 2 hours to complete.
Easy. This is a fairly flat route across open land on good quality vehicle tracks. There should be no access problems even in winter.
The site is easy to locate as the turbines can be seen for a good distance away on the A9, and access is simple as the start of the walk sits directly off the main A9 road.
There’s a gated area at the start of the walk with parking spaces either side of the main access gate, and a map of the route has been helpfully installed here by the wind farm operators.
You can’t really get lost on this route and as it’s circular you have the option of following it in either direction. The construction of the paths is robust gravel which will prevent most cases of muddy boots while the surrounding landscape is mainly flat and even grassland.
The lovely River Thurso runs a short distance away to the west although you should stick to the designated pathways for this walk, and heading back to the A9 offers plenty of other walking opportunities in the area.
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Prices and opening times
The route around Causeymire wind farm is open 24/7, 365 days a year.
There is no fee to walk this route.
Getting there: Car parking nearby (limited)
Getting around: Uneven paths
On-site conveniences: None