Completed in 2002, Cuileig power station became the first new hydro station built in Scotland in almost forty years. Planners carefully designed it to blend into the banks of Cuileig burn. They buried the intake pipes and most of the station. The rest they covered in local stone. The station’s plant-covered roof makes it nearly invisible from above.
Called a ‘run of river’ scheme, the turbine runs off the burn’s natural flow instead of using water from a reservoir. Cuileig burn collects water from a catchment area of 52 km2.
Hydro in the Highlands
In 1943, only one in a hundred crofts in the Highlands had electricity. But in just a few decades, affordable electricity would transform the way people lived. Hydro power made this