VIDEO: Taking a tour of Castle Grounds in super wheelchair

Making the Castle Grounds accessible to all is the aim of a project which could open up the vast area to those with limited mobility.

The Stornoway Trust and a team of local volunteers this morning (Friday) hosted a visit from Molten Rock and their Boma7.

The Boma7 is an all-terrain motorised wheelchair that opens up access to those with limited mobility to areas unreachable by traditional wheelchairs.

The manufacturers are bringing a demonstration model all the way from Milton Keynes to the islands to allow organisations and individuals to see it in action and to try it out first hand.

Chris Swift, Director and Founder of Molten Rock said “The Boma is greatly suited to exploring the wild and beautiful landscape found on Lewis and I’m very excited to be visiting.”

Local coordinator Jenny Allenby has been in touch with various groups including the Multiple Sclerosis Society Western Isles Branch, Neurological Equal Rights Volunteers Eilean Siar (N.E.R.V.E.S.), Macaulay College and Neurological Voices, to gauge interest and participation.

Jenny has a personal connection with the project following a friend’s visit to the Islands with a Boma in 2012 and seeing first hand how revolutionary it can be in providing access to the Islands’ beautiful beaches and beyond.

Iain Maciver, the Stornoway Trust Factor said: “Making the Castle Grounds accessible to as many people as possible is important to the Trust.

“We welcome this visit and will participate in the discussions around how to secure a Boma7 for use on the Islands if sufficient interest is shown.”

Initial plans are to work with local organisations and small businesses such as Segway Hebrides in providing booking and administration services for both locals and visitors to the Islands.

Take a look at our video of local people trying out the Boma including Stornoway councillor Charlie Nicolson.