Loch Tay Safaris
Access Statement

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Highland Safaris and Loch Tay Safaris Access Statement

Introduction

Highland Safaris, winner of the ‘Best Visitor Experience’ in Scotland is an unique 5 star Visitor Attraction combining Scotland’s newest Wildlife attraction - the Red Deer Centre with inspiring walking and Biking activities, Perthshire’s only Gold and Gem Panning Centre as well as our exhilarating Land Rover Safaris. We aim to make Highland Safaris as accessible as possible and look forward to welcoming you. If you have any queries or require any assistance please phone 01887 820071 or email info@highlandsafaris.net

Highland Safaris are situated 3 miles outside the town of Aberfeldy in the historic village of Dull, 400 yards off the B846 road.

Car Parking

Car Parking is free at Highland Safaris and there are three car parks with a capacity of at least 45 cars. The surface of the car parks is compact gravel which is suitable for wheel chair users and people with limited mobility or visually impaired. The car parks are on a slight gradient, however, there are designated disabled parking spaces (blue signage) adjacent to the lodge in car park 1.From the disabled parking spaces to the lodge is 50 meters on an even gradient, there is then a short 3 meter concrete ramp which takes you up onto the lodge porch area and entrance to the lodge. The lodge entrance door is a lightweight wooden & glass panel door, manually operated and opening inwards. There is a 29in / 74cm door clearance suitable access for all wheel chairs.

Highland Safaris Access

This section explains the facilities we have in place to promote access for all.

Café & Shop - Throughout the café & shop a main route of over 1 meter wide is in place throughout to allow wheel chair access and ease of access for people with reduced mobility. The flooring is oak floorboards and one flat level throughout. Seating is a mixture of chairs with arms and church benches. Dietary requirements ie Gluten free / Vegetarian etc are catered for in the café. Menus are available on the table and a menu blackboard (large print) is also displayed. Staff are available to explain or read out the menus.

Toilets - Are located in the lodge and there is a designated disable toilet and suitable for wheelchair access, door width 32in / 82cm. The toilet area has linoleum flooring and is a flat even surface throughout. There are two grab rails fitted by the toilet.

Red Deer Centre - Access to the Red Deer Centre is via a designated and defined path 48in / 122cm wide, flat surface and suitable for wheel chairs wheelchairs and ease of access for people with reduced mobility. The wide door of the Red Deer Centre allows access for all wheelchairs mobility scooters. The Red Deer Centre is one level, flat concrete floor.

Gold Panning - The area surrounding the Gold Panning facility is compact crushed Tar, level surface and suitable for wheelchair access ease and people with reduced mobility

Discovery Trail - The first 200 meters of the Discovery Trail is of compact gravel, only a slight gradient and suitable for wheelchairs and people with reduced mobility

Play & Picnic areas -Both areas are grassed and predominately flat. Suitable for wheelchairs and people with reduced mobility.

Highland Safari Land Rovers (for safaris) - For our Land Rovers based safaris wheel chairs users and people with reduced mobility can be allocated to our Land Rover Discovery vehicle (this vehicle affords easier entrance /exit) and customers can be assisted into the vehicle by the Safari Ranger aided with a step stool. Customers can also purchase a Private Charter where they have exclusive hire of the Land Rover & Safari Ranger for their safari and their wheel chair can be loaded into the Land Rover, if required.

People who are Blind or Visual impaired.

Signage (activities/directions) - All signs are uniform in colour and large print to assist any persons visually impaired. The café / shop area is well lit with natural light and enhanced in specific areas by spotlights to assist any persons visually impaired. Cutlery and crockery in the café are of a different colour to the café table surfaces. Staff are always at hand to assist, explain or read out the menu, if required.

Assistance dogs - Guide dogs and assistance dogs are permitted, including on our Land Rover based safaris but only if booked as a private charter. Water bowls are available and dogs can be walked in the grounds area. Assistance dogs are not permitted in the Red Deer Centre

Access Buggies - Buggies are welcomed at Highland Safaris and access for buggies is the same as described for wheelchair access. There is baby change facility in the Ladies toilet in the lodge.

Loch Tay Safaris

Parking - We do not have our own parking facilities in Kenmore but there are several locations that you can park. On Pier Road there is a pay and display car park, there is public parking in the square at Kenmore and at the beach area of Loch Tay.

Toilets - There are public toilets at the Kenmore Hotel and The Courtyard at Mains of Taymouth.

Boat Access - Our boat is accessed by a pontoon. Although this is safe and secure it does move with the motion of the water. Hand rails are fitted throughout. To board our boat there is a step up from the pontoon and then a step down onto the vessel. This is not appropriate for wheelchair users.

On the water - Whilst on the water comfortable seating is provided. Whilst our boat is safe and modern there will be motion from the loch depending on the weather conditions.