Engineering in Scotland

The Falkirk Wheel on the Forth and Clyde Canal

The Falkirk Wheel on the Forth and Clyde Canal

This series of photo-articles is a tribute to some fine engineering in Scotland. Most of this engineering is connected with water, one of Scotland's greatest assets.

Sloy Hydroelectric Power Station, Argyll and Bute

Windows in Power Station

The UK's largest conventional hydroelectric power station, Sloy Power Station, is located on the bonnie banks of Loch Lomond, near Inveruglas. More..

Hydroelectric Power from the Clyde

Bonnington Power Station

It may come as a surprise that there are hydroelectric power stations on the Clyde, dating back to 1927, in areas not associated with mountains. More..

Leaderfoot Viaduct, Scottish Borders

Leaderfoot Viaduct

Leaderfoot Viaduct can be found in the Scottish Borders, near Melrose. This magnificent 19-arch structure allowed the Berwickshire railway to cross the River Tweed. More..

Erskine Bridge on the Clyde

Erskine Bridge

The Erskine Bridge is the last bridge on the Clyde before it reaches its estuary. More..

The Crinan Canal

Crinan Lighthouse

The Crinan Canal provides a shortcut across the Kintyre Peninsula in the West of Scotland between Ardishaig on Loch Fyne and Crinan in the Sound of Jura. More..

Lesmahagow Bridges and Trunk Roads

Turfholm Bridge

Lesmahagow has always been on the main route between Glasgow and Carlisle, from the times of the mail coach route to the motorway today. The river Nethan flows through Lesmahagow. Although it is not wide, it has carved out a considerable valley, so roads needed bridges to cross the Nethan and its valley. More..

Renewable Energy in South Lanarkshire

Andershaw and Middle Muir Wind Farms

Entrance to Middle Muir Windfarm

Entrance to Middle Muir Windfarm on the B7078 with the wind turbines behind. From Google Street View, August,2021

Andershaw and Middle Muir Windfarms are located between Douglas and Crawfordjohn in South Lanarkshire. Access is by two entry points on the B7078

Kennoxhead Wind Farm

This windfarm is located behind the above two and is accessible also from Glaspin on the A70. The first phase is now complete and a second phase is planned.

Kype Muir Wind Farm

Kype Muir Wind Farm, located approximately 5km south of the town of Strathaven, is a flagship development for Banks Renewables. It has 26 turbines generating up to c88.4MW in total and was operational in May 2019.

An extension of 15 highly efficient 200m turbines is under construction and and will have an average output per turbine of 15GW. Completion is expected for early 2023.

Clyde Wind Farm

Clyde Wind Farm and A74M

This project became a very visible sign of Scotland's early commitment to renewable energy as the turbines could be seen on either side of the main motorway (A74(M)) into Scotland as it passed through the Southern Uplands.

The Clyde Wind Farm is a 522 megawatt (MW) wind farm near Abington in South Lanarkshire, Scotland.