My pal Babs wanted to show me here area where she enjoys her local walks and cycles near her home. Another friend Maggie wanted a wee wander as well she has been hard at work as a carer for the 4 months of the Virus. We met at the Berryburn Wind farm site and then Babs took us a tour. I am not a lover of Wind farms but wanted to see this area.
Moray – 12km south of Forres STATUS Operational
There is a commitment to pay into a Community Fund £166,750 per year, index linked. In March 2015 a second quarterly funding round of £90,000 was released to support ten local projects including funding playground equipment for Dallas, new Christmas lights for Forres town center and supporting one of Moray’s most popular annual events, ‘Piping at Forres’.
TURBINES 29 turbines
INSTALLED CAPACITY 66.7MW
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Berry Burn Wind Farm was approved by the Scottish Government in 2009. The 29-turbine wind farm is within the Altyre Estate, 12km south of Forres in the Moray council area. The turbines are sited on the lower slopes of Cairn Ghiubhais and Cairn Kitty, which means that compared to other similar-sized wind farms, views of the wind farm are significantly restricted. The turbines are 99.5 metres high to the tip of the blades. In addition to the turbines, the wind farm consists of a landscaped substation and access tracks. In order to minimise any environmental impacts, connection to the national grid running north of the site is via an underground cable.
Berry Burn is now owned and operated by Statkraft UK Limited.
You park and walk through the wind-farm and Babs and Maggie were catching up as only lassies can. Babs knows this area so well, where the birds are and they were. Where the huge wild fire was that devastated the area last year. Yet much had recovered such is the healing power of nature.
The wee hill Carn Kitty was where Babs wanted to take us a short day and Maggie had to be back for work. They had planned some navigation for maggie and then Babs took us of the track and across the peat hags with Maggie navigating. It was hard work on my knees but thankfully dry. They were still chatting all the time.
The ladies were still chatting all the way to the summit of Carn Kitty! There is a Trig point on the top and the views all the way to Lochnagar were incredible. Babs was as always excited about her views of the Cairngorms and the 360 panorama of the Moray Firth and Northern hills. It is a cracking viewpoint.
We had a longer wander back after a long break on the top. It was sunny and warm and then Babs showing us the many lochs and points of interest in the area. It was warm and we were lucky with the weather.
There were lots of wild flowers and especially the Cloudberry with a stunning red fruit standing out on the hillside.
We ran into a lot of flies on the way back and I noticed that I got bitten on the leg that swelt up when I got back! There was no way out of them when the wind dropped.
We were soon back at the cars and headed home via Babs garden for a brew . Mike showed me round and I left with some lovely spinach. Mike (Babs) husband has a wicked sense of humour and had made this seat.
A good we walk in my local area. We mate a famous local I asked him why the hill had the name Carn Kitty. He said that a young girl Kitty went missing many years ago hence the name. I would like to know more. It was then head home via Forres and try to clean a memorial brass inscription but it is very pitted! I did try !
Thanks Babs our local guide and Maggie for an enjoyable wander.