ScottishPower has visitor centres at a couple of power stations, which have proven very popular. This includes Cruachan Power Station visitor centre near Oban, which is open all year round and welcomes over 60,000 visitors each year.
The visitor centre at Cruachan Power Station houses a free exhibition including interactive displays, which gives everyone the chance to find out how the power station operates and demonstrates the way in which power will be generated well into the future. Visitors can journey deep into the heart of the hollow mountain to view the turbine hall, where the massive turbines can produce power in less than two minutes, providing a rapid response to demand. The centre has a loch side cafeteria, picnic area and gift shop with a variety of gifts for all ages.
Our visitor centre at Tongland Power Station – part of the Galloway Hydro-electric scheme – has a strong focus on safety and environmental issues. Here, children learn about water and electrical safety, along with the history of the scheme, renewable energy and wildlife, such as the lifecycle of a salmon. They even have the opportunity to see the fish ladder and walk across the dam. Visits are open to organised groups by appointment only to ensure guests get the most from their trip.
To find out more, including contact details and opening hours, please see links below: