Gairloch Aid & Mobility Support

Outings

Introduction

The participants of our outings get picked up people at home and driven to a pre-arranged departure point. We will then travel by Mini bus or private cars to our chosen destination for the day. On our return, everybody will be dropped off at their home.

All outings are free of charge. However donations are welcome.

We currently use the Aultbea Free Church Minibus, but hope to acquire our own disabled accessible Minibus in the future. This will enable people with severe walking problems and wheelchair user to join the outings.

 

1. Visit to the Russian Convoy Museum

Our first Outing on the 5th August 2015 was a visit to the Russian Convoy Museum. After picking everyone up, we drove to Cove. Here we took a view over Loch Ewe, where the Russian Convoy started. This was followed by a guided tour through the museum, led by Stuart MacKenzie. We finished the day with a visit to the Inverasdale School Tearoom.

This outing will be repeated in 2017.

 

2. Pre-Christmas Outing to Inverness

On the 25th November 2015 we visited Inverness. Generous donation of Tesco vouchers from local people contributed to our most enjoyable two course lunch in Bella Italia. The restaurant provided Christmas crackers and decorations

which added to the fun of the day. After lunch the participants enjoyed some free time to go into town, meet friends and browse the shops before heading back home. Assistance was available for anyone who was unable to get around

on their own.

Because of the great success, this will be an annual event.

 

3. Memories of the past

On the afternoon of 3rd February, GAMS held their first outing of 2016.

This was a trip down memory lane, targeted at people who were brought up or lived for some time in the area from Melvaig to Red Point. Roslyn, one of the curators from the museum, provided old photos and artefacts. Everybody

enjoyed trying to identify houses and people in the old photographs as well as trying to guess what the artefacts were used for. Coffee, tea and cake were enjoyed by all. We hope to have many further events with the museum.

 

4. Visit to Inverewe Gardens

On Wednesday 25th May 2016 was the day GAMS chose for their fourth outing. In glorious sunshine, we enjoyed a gentle stroll through Inverewe Gardens, led by our very own guide, Kate Gunn, who drew our attention to many interesting facts on the way. The provision of wheelchairs as well as assistance enabled everyone to enjoy the outing at their own pace. We finished with a welcome cup of tea and cake in the Garden’s restaurant.

This outing will be a yearly event.

 

5. Watching the Sweep netting in the harbour

On 22nd June we watched Peter Cunningham and the Wester Ross Fisheries Trust Sweep Netting Team catching a variety of small fish. Peter explained a lot of interesting details, measured size and weight of the fish and checked on Sea lice. We were allowed to use the Sailing Club as a base, where we finished the outing with Tea/Coffee and cake and further discussion about nature.

We hope to have regular events with Peter Cunningham in the future.

 

6. Walking the Great Wilderness Challenge

In 2016 the Great Wilderness Challenge offered Limited Mobility Distances for the first time. We joined with a team of seven people, walking 1.4 or 2.8 miles. We offered several training walks to prepare the team to manage their distances.

Hopefully we will get more people involved in walking these distances. This activity provides excellent training which can lead to a more independent life.

 

7. Train trip from Achanalt to Kyle

On the 7th October we organised a train trip from Achanalt to Kyle of Lochalsh. After lunch in the Kyle Hotel, some took the chance to visit the shops while others had a look at the water front. The trainjourney to Kyle was in itself a highlight of the day, Everyone enjoying the stunning views which seemed to change round every corner.

 

8. Visit to the Howard Doris Centre

On the 21rst October 2016 we visited Howard Doris Centre in Loch Carron.

The Centre invited us to join their residents and day care patients for lunch.

During the afternoon we were entertained by Sandy Ross on accordion. Most hands and feet were tapping. Some people even had a little dance. We are now looking forward to a return visit from the Howard Doris group.

 

The 2017 Outings :

Seagull Trust Cruises

Further events with the Museum and Peter Cunningham

Russian Convoy Museum

Inverewe Gardens

Howard Doris Centre

Ullapool

Fishing on Loch Gairloch

Pre-Christmas Outing to Inverness

And many more

 

 

 

Contact

Birgit Joost

tel: 01445 741783

email: admin@gams.org.uk

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