Special needs

Special_Needs

On this page we look to give you outline information about the facilities that you'll find in and around the village if you have Special Needs.

Getting About

As you might imagine, public transport really isn't that good in the area.

Buses

We are well served from an inter-city express coach viewpoint. If you need to travel by bus to the main centre to the north in Inverness, or south in Perth, the service is quite good and is fine for those with visual impairment or poor hearing, as drivers are always very helpful. However, the services are pretty hopeless if you use a wheelchair.

If you want to get around locally by bus, the situation is very poor, as it is these same inter-city services that you must use, and fare staging is such that it can be inordinately expensive to travel just a few miles.

Trains

One redeeming feature of the transport situation is that Newtonmore is on the main railway line from Glasgow/Edinburgh to Inverness - in fact there are through services from London too.

Not all trains stop at Newtonmore but, if they don't they do stop at Kingussie just 3 miles up the road - the sleeper service does stop at Newtonmore in both directions.

The carriages used on the Glasgow/Edinburgh to Inverness route have a space for a wheelchair to be accommodated, but booking in advance is advisable - if they know you're coming, the guard will be happy to assist in getting on or off.

If you travel on the sleeper though, you MUST be careful to ensure that someone on the train knows you want to get off at Newtonmore, particularly if you have visual impairment, as the sleeper train is longer than the platform and there is a risk that you might step off into space in the dark of a winter's morning.

Taxis

The nearest Taxi firm, Kingussie Taxis, has a vehicle on their fleet with facilities for guests with wheelchairs. A little further afield, Weir's Taxis in Aviemore also have an adapted vehicle on their fleet.

By Car

If you are a car driver, or your family has a vehicle to get you around and about, you will find that this particular mode of transport is a real joy in this area, compared to the urban or suburban environment.

Our roads are generally very quiet, even in the height of summer, and even then, traffic jams are virtually unheard of - we tend to take it for granted, and get annoyed if we have a 2 or 3 minute delay getting onto the main A9 on a busy Summer Saturday!!

In the Village

Whatever your disability, we think it's fair to say that you will find the people of Newtonmore welcoming, friendly and ready to help in any way they can, although they are naturally reticent and won't want to 'interfere' if you would rather get on with things yourself.

The pavements on the east side of the Main Street are wide and fairly flat, and there are several good spots with dropped kerbs for crossing the road. The pavement on the west side is narrower though still wide enough for a wheelchair or scooter.

From the viewpoint of the visually impaired, although there is a crossing in the village, it's a good old fashioned Zebra Crossing, not a Pelican, or light controlled talking affair, but people manage quite well - mainly because the road just isn't that busy.

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.

Find out more information about individual facilities in and around Newtonmore.

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