Last Saturday, I went for a stroll out to the Pentland Road windfarm. From the centre of Stornoway, it is about 5½ miles (9 km). From the Castle Grounds, it is possible to follow the road to the dump - but during weekdays, this is very busy with refuse trucks. From the gate of the dump, the distance is a little less than 3 miles. The track is not tarmacked, but is easily followed - stout footwear is advisable due to a lot of loose stones.
A shorter walk can be achieved from the junction on the Pentland
Road, where the branch to Achmore forks off. A track angles off from the
junction, and after a mile, the track to the windfarm is reached.
The windfarm is located at an altitude of 600 feet above sealevel,
and is position on the slopes of Meannan, the second line of hills to
the south of the Barvas Hills. I remember the area from a walk in 2005,
and could clearly see the lochans from the track.
I am grimly pleased that the windfarm will in all likelihood remain
as it is at present - idle. Although the track is a convenient way of
gaining the interior of the island, I am saddened that the wilderness
aspect has been violated.