Noddsdale Hydro

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The Hydro Electric scheme at Noddsdale has been in operation since the 1920s providing electricity to the House and cottages at the start of its life with 110DC, until the National Grid was brought into the Glen. Since then it powered the House with light almost continuously until the scheme was refurbished and upgraded in 2010.

The refurbishment included increasing the catchment area and replacing the old Power House with a new one further down the hill to make use of the increased fall and therefore output. All the electricity generated is now 240AC and is exported to the National Grid. Although we now have to buy the power back, we at Noddsdale benefit from this green energy source and the marvellous bit about it is that there is no blot on the landscape!

The head water is captured and stored in the Dam which is known locally as The Chinese Lake, although no one is exactly certain how it came to be known as such. This is a scenic spot which is visited by many locals enjoying a walk in the countryside. We have marked out a special route for the visitors to avoid disturbing those at the house and the holiday properties. Responsible Access has been encouraged with cars being parked in the public car park at the Cemetery and litter being taken home, dogs kept on a lead etc. Most people are very respectful, but as always there are some exceptions.

One of the old turbines is on show in The National Museum of Scotland, Chambers Street, Edinburgh with a picture of my elderly father alongside it – so, if you visit the Museum, see if you can find the display.

 
 
What our guests say

We thoroughly enjoyed our stay at Willow Cottage. This was our first holiday with our five month-old baby, and we hugely appreciated the various appliances in the house (v. modern washing machine, tumble dryer, etc) and the extra effort Jane went to (setting up a cot for us) that helped keep things as easy and relaxing as possible. It was great to explore the various local walks and to make the most from the close proximity to Largs (fantastic 'carry oots' from Tinto tapas bar and Fish Works on the sea front). Have no doubt we'll be back.

May 2021

A lovely cottage in a delightful location.

We stayed Mon-Fri and had a great time. We had a very warm greeting from the hosts upon arrival which was a great start. Not only is the property beautiful (the inside is a clever fusion of period feel with modern gadgetry), but there was lots nearby to keep us entertained. We spent a lot of time on the tennis courts (rackets and balls all available in the porch to help yourself to), and there is a beautiful walk up the hillside with some beautiful views.

June 2021

What a gem!

We would highly recommend The Granary - it's certainly one of the best self-catering properties we've ever stayed in. Spacious, extremely comfortable, beautifully furnished and very well-equipped. The main living room is fantastic, and I must mention the bed, which was possibly the most comfy I've ever slept in! It's the sort of place you'd happily (as we did!!) spend rainy days just relaxing, reading and enjoying the peace and lovely views.

Location is great - you feel away from it all yet it's only a short drive into Largs.

Really Lovely
 
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