Outline information about the facilities that you'll find in and around the village if you have Special Needs.
Sadly, public transport is limited in the area.
Bus service is restricted. Timetables available bustimes.org/localities/newtonmore
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. Timetables available thetrainline.com/train-times
Not all trains stop at Newtonmore but, they stop at Kingussie, 3 miles North - 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, booking in advance is advisable, then 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.
The nearest Taxi firm is Weir's Taxis in Aviemore who have an adapted vehicle on their fleet.
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!
The public car park is located off Main Street on Glen Road, behind the Letterbox Restaurant.
The 'Where 2 Today' project operates Community Transport throughout Badenoch and Strathspey. Door-to-door transport is available for people by means of a car scheme; using volunteer drivers in their own cars, 2 x 13 Seat (including driver) Wheelchair Accessible Minibuses and 1 Wheelchair Accessible Berlingo. Group hire of vehicles is also available evenings and weekends. One 13 seat accessible minibus operates 5 days per week on registered routes. On Mondays and Fridays it travels locally within Aviemore but also covers Carrbridge, Boat of Garten, Rothiemurchus, Glenmore and Cairngorm. On Tuesdays and Thursdays between Aviemore and Laggan, through Newtonmore, Kingussie and Kincraig, and on Wednesdays between Aviemore and Grantown-on-Spey through Kinveachy, Boat of Garten and Nethybridge. People holding a National Concessionary entitlement card, or 'Plus One' are able to travel free. The Charity also loans both self-propelled and attendant wheelchairs. Website address is: www.ct4u.co.uk
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.
For the visually impaired, there is a crossing in the village, on Main Street, outside the post office.
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.
A disabled toilet is located next to the Village Hall.
Find out more information about individual facilities in and around Newtonmore.