The Out About Scotland complete guide to the Causeymire windfarm walk
About the Causeymire windfarm walk
The wide open expanses of land around Thurso 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 really 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.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 views along this short route are really very pretty indeed and you’ll get some great views across Dale Moss with the hills of Morven and Maiden Pap clearly visible in the distance and it’s an ideal place to take the dog on a sunny afternoon.
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
What I didn’t like about this attraction
- It’s a remote walk and only really worth doing if you’re close to the A9
- There isn’t much space to park the car
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.