- Connor Beveridge
Lochore Meadows Country Park
Updated: Mar 2, 2022
Based in Ballingry there is a brilliant accessible country park that will suit everyone and will provide a great day out. There's a large walk around a loch with lots of picturesque views, there's a large playpark for children WITH equipment for children in wheelchairs, there's a sandy beach at the shore of the loch for the kids to play, and there are plenty of green spaces ideal for a picnic or BBQ.
There is a large carpark at the main centre with plenty disabled spaces, and there is an accessible toilet within the centre. There is also a café that is great for light snacks and sitting looking out over the loch with a hot drink.
Also in the main centre there are 2 mobility scooters available for hire to go round the loch if you need one. To book you should phone this number before you visit just to make sure of availability.... 01592 583343.
There is a second centre which is a base for the watersports on the loch and you can hire out bikes to go for a cycle. There are specific trikes you can use if you have certain physical disabilities, there a dual-bikes, and there is a bike which has a platform at the front of it for wheelchairs. Sail-ability sessions also take part at the centre every second Saturday, depending on your disability there are different boats you will be able to use.
The second centre also has a good-sized carpark with a couple of blue-badge spaces. There is an accessible toilet within this building.
The main walk itself is a reasonably good-surfaced and wide path. The initial stretch of the walk is on a wide, dirty track which is nice and flat but look out for the potholes every now and again. Continuing on the main route, the path joins onto a smooth tarmac'd surface before later reverting back to a muddier, natural surface. It gets a bit hillier on the second half of the walk but there are plenty benches if you need to stop and get a breather. Electric wheelchairs and mobility scooters will be totally fine.
The only thing I will say is that every so often round the loch farm gates need to be open and shut as the path cuts across fields - which is difficult or impossible depending on your disability. Other than that the main path is totally accessible and I'd highly recommend Lochore Meadows Country Park.
There are few other paths and routes you can take and the vast majority are accessible.
Lochore Meadows is a great day out for all the family and suits those looking for a longer walk.
The pictures and clips below illustrate the route of the 2 different walking routes you could takes, the first approx 2.2Km and the second 5.5Km.