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Facilities for folk with Special Needs vary from business to business, but, in the main present few or minor difficulties. Here we give an overview of what you might expect in some of the key places to eat, drink, shop & visit. For more details, do visit each place's website or contact them directly.
Balavil Hotel. There are awkward steps at the entrance and a difficult door, especially if you are unaccompanied. Once inside the ground floor is level and any assistance you might need will be gladly given.
Blasta. There is no step at the entrance which has an easy to operate door too. Once inside, you should have no problems in this restaurant.
Braeriach Hotel. There is a short and difficult high step at entrance and awkward doors, so assistance needed, but ok inside
Chef's Grill/The Diner. The Chef's Grill has excellent ramped access and easy doors. Some tables can be awkward for wheelchairs as seating positions are fixed - others are just fine.
Garden Café. Wheelchair access to the Café is via the side entrance - once inside there is plenty of room in the cafe and chairs/tables are fully moveable to accommodate whatever is required. (To visit the adjoining Craft Centre, wheelchair users will need to go back out via the side entrance and enter through the front door.
Glen Hotel. Wheelchair users can easily access The Glen via a level route to the rear. Your companion should go in and ask, they'll happily show you where the rear door is. Once inside both bar & restaurant area you will find sufficient to pass with care, though in the bar area it can be a bit of a squeeze.
Lodge Hotel. Excellent ramped access and easy doors (though driveway is gravel) lots of space inside in both bar meals and restaurant areas.
The Pantry. No step, easy door, seriously limited space inside, but staff will assist.
The Tuck Shop. No step, door has automatic closer, limited space, but staff will always make room for a chair whenever possible.
Co-op. New electric sliding door gives excellent, easy access. The aisles can be narrow but you can get around.
Craft Centre. No step, easy door, access to all of the shop despite being well stocked.
Blythswood. No step, easy door, access to all of the shop despite being well stocked.
Main Supply. There is a small but wide step at the door, which is fitted with an automatic closer. There's plenty of room inside too.
Post Office. No step, easy door, access to all of the shop, albeit very small inside.
Spar at the Garage. There is a gentle ramped entrance to the Spar and good access for wheelchairs up and down the 2 aisles.
Harris Tweed Shop. There's no step, a nice wide opening door and lots of room inside too.
Clan MacPherson Museum. The museum offers assisted wheelchair access - all the exhibition is on the ground floor.
Highland Folk Museum. The Park offers excellent facilities for wheelchair visitors, including ramps where appropriate, a period bus with wheelchair lift and accessible toilets. However, a few of the buildings simply do not lend themselves to suitable adaptation, sorry.
Shinty. Wheelchair visitors are more than welcome and every assistance will be offered at games to ensure you enjoy the match.
Waltzing Waters - Except for the Coffee Loft, upstairs, there is good access for visitors with wheelchairs.
Newtonmore Business Association is a group of professionals from a range of disciplines who represent the interests of large & small businesses and the self-employed who are based in and around Newtonmore.
We also support other local organisations, promoting and marketing everything that Newtonmore has to offer for visitors, tourists and future residents.
Newtonmore is a hidden gem at the heart of the Scottish Highlands, away from the hustle and bustle of everyday life.
Our people are always welcoming, very community spirited and the Business Association would like to extend an invitation for you to come and visit us at anytime throughout the year to enjoy our fine facilities, the breathtaking scenery and to partake in our events in the true spirit of Scottish friendship.
Similarly, if you're already living in the village and you'd like to help us in our efforts on behalf of the community, you'll be more than welcome.
We meet most months except the busy summer months unless there are any events or projects to discuss.
Should you have any questions or wish to join the Newtonmore Business Association please either come along to one of our meetings or contact our Chairman, either by phone or e-mail.
The Community Council is a voluntary organisation that acts as a voice for the local area. It expresses the views and concerns of local people on a wide range of issues. It meets regularly to discuss issues affecting the area, including planning and licensing applications. All meetings are held in public and residents are encouraged to attend.
The Community Council is governed by the scheme of establishment prescribed by Highland Council, which sets out how they should operate, including elections, membership rules and meeting arrangements. At present, there are seven elected members out of a maximum of nine, and there is one associate member. Between elections, members may be co-opted. Under the terms set by Highland Council, elections will be held in November 2015 (and every four years thereafter) when any resident on the electoral register can stand for nomination.
If you are resident in the Newtonmore area and would like to help with community interests, come to the meetings, which are held in the Lesser Village Hall at 7.30 pm on the first Monday of every month, except for January, May and August. The Annual General Meeting is held at 7 pm on the first Monday in June each year, followed by the monthly meeting. Minutes and agendas of meetings are posted on the noticeboard beside the Post Office.