Your visit
Balmedie Beach Wheelchairs banner showing the logo and smaller photographs of the wheelchairs

Your visit


Location


Balmedie Beach Wheelchairs are located in the Balmedie Country Park  in Aberdeenshire, about 10 miles north of Aberdeen. 


Our wheelchairs


We have a range of all terrain wheelchairs which are free to hire to people of all ages with disability or mobility issues. 


Each hiring sessions last up to 3 hours so you can really enjoy the beach and the park.


You can find out more about our wheelchairs, hoist, changing facilities and temporary beach pathways on the website.


Using the wheelchairs


We have a hoist to help you transfer between your own chair and our beach wheelchairs.  Please bring your own sling to use with the hoist. 


All our wheelchairs are manual, so they will need to be steered by a family member, friend or paid carer.  We strongly recommend chairs should be managed by two people.


We also have a desert nomad system which offers a platform so you do not have to leave your own chair. The nomad needs 2-3 people to accompany the person using it.  If you are interested in this system please discuss it with us especially if your wheelchair has extra equipment so we help advise you. 


We have a Mobi-Roll n Stow beach mat made by Deschamps.  This can be used to create a temporary pathway on the beach.  Our mat can be rolled out for group bookings and events at beach by our volunteers. There is a permanent wooden pathway from the Bunker through the dunes to the edge of the beach.


Help and advice


Our volunteers will be there when you pick up the chair you have booked.  All our volunteers are Protecting Vulnerable Groups (PVG) scheme checked.  They will issue the chair to you and they can offer advice and support. Please note, our volunteers are not responsible for any manual handling.


Facilities


We are based in an old bunker in the Country Park.  At the bunker we have a hoist (please bring your own sling), an adult length changing table and a privacy screen, and a portable sink providing hot water for hygiene purposes.

There are public toilets, including a disabled toilet in the Country Park car park, but not at the bunker itself.


The Sand Bothy (a community building next to the car park) provides tea, coffee, soft drinks and snacks at weekends from March to October.  There are also picnic areas surrounding the Sand Bothy and in the dunes.  See The Sand Bothy website for more information about when it’s open and the facilities available. 


Opening hours


We are open from March to October on Sundays 9am to 5pm.  If you would like to come on another day, please let us know. If we have volunteers available, we will do our best to meet your needs.


Booking our wheelchairs


You can book our wheelchairs by calling 07864 350 989 


Please contact us to book your wheelchair(s) before your visit.  We cannot guarantee that there will be wheelchairs available without prior booking, but we will do our best to accommodate requests made on the day.


Pick up point for the wheelchairs


The wheelchair pick up point is the “Bunker” in the Country Park.  To find the bunker park at the main car park in Balmedie Country Park, near the Sand Bothy (the wooden community building). Follow the footpath signs to “All Access route to beach”, and you will find the Bunker on the left of the path.  We’ll have out Balmedie Beach Wheelchair boards out at the Bunker so we’re easy to spot.


More information


View of the sand dunes at Balmedie Country Park



Our wheelchairs are free to hire and

sessions last up to 3 hours

Family using the hippocampe beach wheelchair at Balmedie beach



Our volunteers are there to help

when you visit

The Sand Bothy community building in Balmedie Country Park



We are open March to October 

Sundays 9am to 5pm 

Family leaving The Bunker using a hippocampe beach wheelchair

Contact us

Phone:  07864 350 989

Email:  info@balmediebeachwheelchairs.co.uk


How to find us

Park at the main Car Park in Balmedie Country Park, AB23 8XG, near the Sand Bothy.  Follow signs to All Access route to beach, and you will find The Bunker on the left of the path.


Opening hours

March to October - Sundays 9am to 5pm


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Balmedie Beach Wheelchairs

The project is managed by the Belhelvie Community Trust.


Registered charity number SCO


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