Accessible Tourism is a growing market in the tourism industry. Businesses are beginning to recognise the spending power of disabled people. However, for people with more complex needs, the choices are still limited. There are only a handful of self-catering properties for rent in Scotland that provide wet-floor shower rooms, ceiling tracking hoists and other vital equipment necessary to ensure a hassle-free break. Fife is recognised as a top Accessible Tourism venue due to having a growing number of accessible Changing Place facilities.
Lundin Links charity, Homelands Trust-Fife (SC027281), has just opened a unique, new, accessible, self-catering facility and recently welcomed their first guests for short breaks and holidays.
The buildings are specifically designed and equipped to meet the needs of people with a range of disabilities and/or long-term health conditions. Their family members and carers are also able to access the facilities, with or without the care for person. Three of the cottages sleep four people (six with a lounge sofa-bed) and the fourth sleeps eight.
Overlooking the award winning Beach Largo Bay, the cottages are equipped with ceiling tracking hoists, profiling beds, Clos-o-Mat toilets (in 2 cottages), riser/recliner chairs and a range of other specialist support equipment to ensure that visitors’ with disabilities have their needs met.
Sitting alongside the cottages there is a drop-in centre, to be known as the Paxton Centre after local lady, Miss Isabel Paxton, whose generous legacy has made the whole project possible. It will be open to people affected by disability from across Fife and the surrounding areas as well as to visitors to the cottages. The centre will offer a variety of group and individual activities such as self-management courses, alternative therapies and health walks.
The cottages are now open for booking and the Paxton Centre will open later in the autumn.
Sir Menzies Campbell, MP and the Trust’s Patron, unveiled the Homelands plaque at Official Opening ceremony last week.
For more information or if you would be interested in volunteering please contact David Paton, Development Coordinator