Wee home from home
This review is especially helpful for those who have or use the following: Walking Aid, Wheelchair, Powerchair
Since we couldn’t holiday abroad this year, my dad and I decided to explore where we live a bit more (Scotland) and try some new activities. Loch Insh was recommended by a friend who worked there are a good base, they weren’t wrong. Only 10minutes from Aviemore and just a few minutes from the A9 it was super easy to get to and convenient for many local attractions. Check in was easy, reception had a ramp up and disabled parking outside. Our chalet had it’s own wee road and room to park two cars right outside the door, there was more parking a few meters away in a car park too. The chalet we had isn’t specifically adapted, but worked well for me. There was a ramp up to the door - which was a little narrow but my off road wheelchair still fitted through. The mud room was a perfect charging area for my chair (which given the location got a little muddy) and my travel oxygen concentrator. Once in the living area, there was so much space as it’s an open kitchen, dining, living room. Two bedrooms lead off this and a wet room. One bedroom was a double, the other a twin. Both would have space for a wheelchair. I took the twin as it had it’s own sink (a girl needs time in the morning!). There was plenty space to fit my large oxygen concentrator (thanks for dropping one off Dolby) - loads of hanging space and a big chest of drawers too. Lovely view from the living room, lots of bird and squirrel feeding stations. We were about 10minute walk from the water sports area and cafe. There’s two paths down to it, one with steps, one without. Obviously with my wheelchair we took the non stepped option. It was em…interesting. Although tarred, it’s far from smooth as tree roots have started pushing through, and in areas it’s falling away to the marshy bit at the side. Quite hilly too. Fine for my chair but I’d say anyone pushing or being pushed needs to be very fit!
Transport & Parking
We drove, plenty of parking at both the chalet and the water sports centre. I took off a half mark as the chalet parking is on thick gravel which I found a bit hard to walk on with my crutches.
Fab wee chalet, perfect for my needs. However some of the ramps in places were a little steep. The biggest problem I had was the bathroom door. I had an auto closer which had been set to really stiff. Took a lot of pushing for me to get in - I doubt it could be done from a wheelchair. I have let them know this. The beds are wooden frame, a little low for me, but plenty space under for a hoist.
It’s important to say that don’t say this is an adapted chalet, just that it’s accessible. The bathroom is a wet room, while a little small, it’s perfect if you are ambulant like me. I did have issues with the toilet, as it was too low and the only handrail was really badly place. However I expected as much and asked in advance for a toilet seat raiser and stand. They were amazing and got one for me.
Cannot fault any of the staff I encountered. All happy to chat and cheery.