Renewable energy

Hydro schemes

We have created a "Storymap" containing information on the history and development of Hydro power in the Highlands of Scotland through imagery, videos, and interactive mapping.

View Hydro Storymap

We also have created an interactive map of hydro scheme development across Highland with information on schemes that are "Constructed", "Constructed - Removed" or "Under Construction", "Approved", "In Planning", "Refused" and "Withdrawn” - up to date to 1 January 2018. 

Full-screen version of the map

Our list of hydro schemes is here.

The map is designed for, and will work best with browsers IE11, Chrome or Mozilla Firefox.

Tips for using the maps

Zooming and panning

You can zoom in and out of the map by using the following:

  • + and - buttons

  • Mouse wheel

  • Hold down Shift key and then drag a window using left mouse button across the area you want to zoom into

You can pan around the map by using the following:

  • Hold down the left mouse button and dragging across the map

  • Press the arrow keys on your keyboard.


Clicking the home icon zooms back to the full extents of Highland.


You can also use the search box to search for addresses. Type partial addresses, postcodes or place names into the Search box and press the return key on your keyboard to zoom to the location.

Layers list

Clicking the Layers list icon opens up a window containing a list of all the map layers available.

Groups of layers can be turned on or off via the tick box to the left of each layer.

Viewing attributes

You can view the attributes for a specific feature you have clicked. Simply click the cursor on the item you wish to see attribute information for. There may be more than one item at the location clicked – if so click the arrow at the top of the pop-out box to inspect other items.

Pop out map

Much more functionality is available in the pop-out map, including displaying attribute tables, measuring distances and displaying grid references.