Places and Visits

  1. Places of Interest to Visit
  2. Science Centres
  3. Museums

Places of Interest to Visit:

Whitelees Windfarm

Whitelee Windfarm is Europe’s largest windfarm. It has 140 turbines which can generate 322MW of electricity, enough to power 180,000 homes. Entry to the windfarm and visitor centre is free. The Glasgow science centre manage the science workshops/exhibits and café facilities. You can visit the windfarm area on foot or by bus.

Whitelee Windfarm Visitor Centre, Moor Road (B764), Eaglesham, Glasgow, G76 0QQ,

Tel: 0845 270 0798

Cruachan Power Station

Cruachan Power Station is one of the country’s most amazing engineering achievements: It is the world’s first high head reversible pumped storage hydro scheme and at its centre lies a massive cavern, high enough to house the Tower of London. The visitor centre houses the free exhibition area and is the starting point of the guided tour. Visitors arriving by bicycle or local public transport will gain free entry.

Cruachan Hydro Electric Plant, Cruachan Visitor Centre, Dalmally, Argyll, PA33 1AN,

Tel: 01866 822618

Galloway Hydro Educational Resource Centre

At Tongland Power Station, just outside Kirkcudbright, we have established a free Educational Resource Centre to provide education and information on hydroelectric power, environmental and public safety issues for local schools and other relevant groups. Your visit will commence with a short introductory video on hydroelectric power and water safety followed by a tour of the visitor centre, control room and the turbine hall. You will then be required to use your own transport to travel about 1.5km by public road to the dam. Here your guided tour will continue across the dam incorporating a view of the reservoir, tunnel intake, floodgates and fish ladder.

ScottishPower, Galloway Hydro Electric Scheme, Glenlee Power Station, New Galloway, Castle Douglas, DG7 3SF

Tel: 01644 430238


Pitlochry Hydro Electric Plant and Fish Ladder

In the visitor centre, you can see how the hydro generation schemes were built and how SSE has developed its generation portfolio over the past 60 years. Situated within picturesque Pitlochry Power Station, the Centre features interactive exhibits tracing the history of hydro generation in Scotland. Pitlochry Dam is home to the famous Salmon Ladder where the fish may be seen in the viewing chamber during their ascent past Pitlochry Dam.

Pitlochry Power Station, Pitlochry, Perth and Kinross, PH16 5ND

Tel: 01796 473 152

Torness Nuclear Power Station

The award winning visitor centre at Torness power station can be found just off the A1 near Dunbar on the east coast of Scotland. The centre was recently awarded five stars by VisitScotland for its standard of customer care and range of facilities. The visitor centre has an interactive exhibition to help visitors understand more about nuclear power generation and allow people to ask questions to the trained guides. They have a fantastic classroom facility and you can also pre book a tour of the power station too.

British Energy, Torness Power Station, Torness, Dunbar, East Lothian, EH42 1QS.

Tel: 01368 873909


Science Centres:

Glasgow Science Centre

Glasgow Science Centre is one of Scotland’s must-see visitor attractions - presenting concepts of science and technology in unique and inspiring ways. Outreach events are also available.

50 Pacific Quay, Glasgow, G51 1EA

Tel: 0141 420 5000

Dynamic Earth Edinburgh

Our Dynamic Earth takes you on a journey through our planet’s past, present and future, with interactive exhibits and impressive technology, including a 4D and 3D experience.

Holyrood Rd, Edinburgh, EH8 8AS

Tel: 0131 550 7800

Dundee Science Centre

Dundee Science Centre’s vision is a culture of curiosity, confidence and engagement with science for the whole community.

Greenmarket, Dundee, Angus DD1 4QB

Tel: 01382 228 800

Satrosphere Aberdeen

Satrosphere is Scotland’s first science and discovery centre. Interactive, hands-on exhibits and live science shows help our visitors of all ages discover more about the world around them and the science of how things work.

Satrosphere Science Centre, The Tramsheds, 179 Constitution Street, Aberdeen, AB24 5TU

Tel: 01224 640 340


Riverside Museum

Riverside is the former Glasgow Transport Museum. It is home to some of the world’s finest cars, bicycles, ship models, trams and locomotives. Interactive displays and the hugely popular historic Glasgow street scene bring the objects and stories to life.

100 Pointhouse Place, Glasgow, G3 8RS

Tel: 0141 287 2720


National Museum of Rural Life

Escape to the countryside for a full day of family fun at our five-star museum and historic working farm.

National Museum of Rural Life, Wester Kittochside, Philipshill Road, East Kilbride, G76 9HR

Tel: 0300 123 6789

Other Places of Interest:

James Hutton Institute

The Living Field Community Garden in Dundee is a crop and habitat demonstration garden which contains information about arable wildflowers, the environment, habitats, plant care and crop experiments. The garden is part of The James Hutton Institute’s Science Stroll and is freely open to the public during daylight hours.

The James Hutton Institute, Invergowrie, Dundee, DD2 5DA

Tel: 0844 928 5428


Skills Academy Eco Houses

City Building have completed construction on 4 semi-detached 'eco' showhouses within the grounds of its new Skills Academy Centre. The prototype houses feature high standards of insulation, coupled with low energy running costs and simple technology.

Glasgow House, Norfolk street, Laurieston, Glasgow


Green Homes Network

The Green Homes Network is made up of more than 1,000 properties including sustainable eco-builds, historic stone cottages, listed buildings and everything in between. They run open days on green homes during the summer months across Scotland.

The Hidden Gardens

The Hidden Gardens is an award winning unique public green space and community development organisation. In addition to being a beautiful green space where people can relax away from the busy city streets, the Gardens is a place of learning and exchange including Organic gardening courses and advice.

Tramway, 25a Albert Drive, Glasgow, G41 2PE

Tel: 0141 433 2722

Last modified: Wednesday, 14 September 2016, 11:03 AM