Highest praise for visitor centre

Brody in the changing facilities at Kirroughtree
Brody in the changing facilities at Kirroughtree

Forest Enterprise Scotland’s Kirroughtree Visitor Centre in Galloway Forest Park has won high plaudits for the disabled access facilities.

The team was delighted to receive a letter of praise from Laura Rutherford following the family’s visit with their two children, Brody, aged 5, who is disabled (above), and Sydney, 2.

Laura explained that toileting for thousands of children and adults in the UK requires and adult sized changing bench and a hoist. Without these ‘changing places’ facilities, parents and carers are forced to change loved ones in car boots and toilet floors. The alternative to this is cutting a visit short.

Laura added; “Thank you Kirroughtree Visitor Centre for thinking of families like mine. Accessibility makes all the difference to inclusion.”

Kirroughtree has a play park, café and a fantastic accessible walk, where the gravel path is wide, flat and firm for wheelchairs and buggies.

There are no obstacles, just lovely views. It even has an accessible wild watch hide.