A trip to Aberdeen wouldn’t be complete without a stroll along the beautiful sandy beach and promenade. Concerned that you won’t be able to feel the sand between your toes or build sandcastles with friends and family? No need to worry as wheelchair accessibility is pretty good at Aberdeen beach as I recently discovered during a weekend in the Granite City.
Our day at the seaside began as we parked our car for free near the North Pier end of the beach. Parking here meant we were directly across the road from the promenade. We then made our way down the stone ramp onto the lower level promenade, which then allowed us to turn and go down another ramp.
From here I had a great view out to the sandy beach and the crashing waves of the North Sea. The ground was flat and I could have happily sat there for a while and enjoyed the gentle sea breeze in my hair (I usually spend a fortune on products in an attempt to achieve the beach hair look, so why not reap the benefits for free).
Directly to the left was another gradual slope that allowed me to reach the sand. As sand and wheelchairs don’t work well together, I parked up in my powered wheelchair on the concrete slope and enjoyed the day with my family. It was especially nice to watch my 3-year-old nephew have a great time building sandcastles and attempting to destroy his Uncle’s sand sculptures.
We were positioned near the North Pier so we had a good view of the Aberdeen Shipping Control Centre and regularly watched as the ships came and went from the harbour.
After a few hours of sandcastle building, sand sculpture making and surfer watching, we headed along the promenade which was fully wheelchair accessible. There are cafes, restaurants and amusements to keep the whole family entertained for many more hours.
Even though I couldn’t get onto the beach itself or up to the water, I still thoroughly enjoyed our time at Aberdeen beach. It would be amazing if there were beach wheelchairs and accessible paths/mats for access across the sand to the water. Although my nephew loved digging me out of the sand that had gathered on the slope. Every cloud has a silver lining!
I believe these simple changes would make such a difference to the experience of wheelchair users and their families at Aberdeen beach. I’ve never tried a beach wheelchair (yet), but it would have been nice to have the option to go down to the water if I wanted to and drip my toes in the North Sea like the rest of my family. Aberdeen beach is a beautifully clean sandy beach and definitely has the potential to provide #AccessForAll.
What is your favourite accessible beach?