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Strawberry Picking In A Wheelchair | Cairnie Fruit Farm

One of my favourite childhood memories was strawberry picking. If you know me then you know how much I love fruit so picking my own is the best thing ever. I would love to grow my own fruit and vegetables one day. So in the meantime, visiting Cairnie Fruit Farm to pick our own is the next best option. My only concern before going was how wheelchair accessible strawberry picking was going to be as I had never been as a wheelchair user.

Strawberry picking when I was a little girl was a family day out with my parents, sisters, and Gran. My Gran passed away when I was quite young so strawberry picking with her is now a memory that I cherish.

Although my Gran wasn’t here to experience fruit picking with us recently, it felt comforting knowing she was probably looking down and laughing at us getting lost in the corn maze.

Emma looking shocked while holding four tubs of strawberries on her lap.

I love that my nephew was there and I got to experience it with him at the same age I was when I went strawberry picking with my Gran.

I’m all about creating special memories and it amazes me when my six-year-old nephew remembers places we’ve been or things we did three years ago.

Pick Your Own Fruit at Cairnie Fruit Farm

Cairnie Fruit Farm in Cupar is about a one hour drive from where we live. It was cool to drive over the Queensferry Crossing for the first time. Previously, Allan and I were one of the 49,999 lucky people chosen to walk over the bridge before it opened.

Read: Rolling Across The Queensferry Crossing | My Unique Once In A Lifetime Experience

A shot taken from the car driving over the Queensferry Crossing, looking up at the bridge.

We were welcomed by giant strawberries when we arrived. Unfortunately, not real giant strawberries, but how amazing would it be if they were?

We had a fun little photoshoot with the giant strawberries before we even got inside the building. With our tickets bought including a free carer ticket, we picked up some empty tubs and were on our way.

An exterior shot of the entrance to Cairnie Fruit Farm.
Emma sitting in her wheelchair next to two giant strawberry statues.
Emma and her sister buying tickets at the reception inside Cairnie Fruit Farm.
Emma driving her wheelchair into the Funyard at Cairnie Fruit Farm.

Getting Lost In A Mega Corn Maze

First up was the Mega Maze. This was our first time in a cornfield so we weren’t sure if my wheelchair would manage through it.

This year the Mega Maze was shaped like a sea turtle to highlight the damaging effect plastic is having on the world’s ocean and the sea life that call it home.

Cairnie Fruit Farm Mega Maze Cairnie Fruit Farm Mega Maze Sea Turtle.Emma driving through the Mega Maze at Cairnie Fruit Farm.

The maze was over six feet tall and the path was quite narrow and rough in certain spots. I didn’t care though. I just went for it and it was so much fun.

Some of the paths were just big enough for my wheelchair to fit through. Others were too tight so Allan or my sister had to push the corn stalks back so I could get through. It was all part of the fun.

A little boy (Emma's nephew) standing at the top of the lookout in the middle of the Mega Maze. A view looking down at the Mega Maze from the lookout tower. Emma driving through the Mega Maze at Cairnie Fruit Farm. Emma and her sister in the Mega Maze corn field. A selfie of Emma and Allan smiling in the Mega Maze corn field.

It felt like we were in a movie where the characters are lost and running through a cornfield. Thankfully, there were no aliens, serial killers or monsters chasing us.

There were moments we thought we’d never make it out, but we live to tell the tale.

Emma driving through the Mega Maze at Cairnie Fruit Farm.
Emma and her nephew. He is sitting on her knee in the middle of the Mega Maze corn field.
Emma, Allan, her sister and nephew taking a selfie together in the Mega Maze.
Emma and her nephew in the Mega Maze.
Emma driving through the Mega Maze at Cairnie Fruit Farm.

Strawberry Picking In A Wheelchair

Safely out of the maze, it was now time to pick the strawberries. There were rows and rows of strawberry tunnels to choose from so we just picked one at random. We had the whole place to ourselves as there was no one else around. It was great.

An exterior shot of a strawberry tunnel Emma driving her wheelchair through a strawberry tunnel.

The strawberries were placed on top of tables so it was easier to pick them and no bending down. Even though I couldn’t physically pick them myself because I can’t lift my arms up, I was at the perfect eye line height to spot the biggest and most juicy strawberries.

My nephew and I worked as a team picking the best ones. He had so much fun. We all did.

A selfie of Emma and Allan. Emma is holding a tub of strawberries on her lap. Allan and Emma's nephew picking strawberries. Emma driving her wheelchair through a strawberry tunnel. She is holding a tub of freshly picking strawberries. She has a strawberry in her mouth..

The tunnels were fairly flat and were wide enough for my wheelchair to drive along without any problems. In total, we filled four tubs of the most delicious hand-picked strawberries.

Emma smiling while holding four tubs of strawberries on her lap. There is also the option to pick our own raspberries, red/blackcurrants, gooseberries, tayberries, cherries, brambles, pumpkins and sunflowers.

Rolling To The Funyard

After we had picked our weight in fresh strawberries, it was time for my nephew to check out all the fun rides and activities in the Funyard. We walked/rolled down a gradual grassy hill towards the kid’s play area.

Emma driving away down a grassy hill. A strawberry tunnel is to her left.

Some of the activities included

  • a go-cart track
  • giant straw bale climbing fortress
  • sunken trampolines
  • huge sandbox
  • crazy swings
  • slides
  • ride on peddle tractors
  • loaders and trailers
  • a massive bouncing pill
  • flying fox
  • Barrel Bug ride

Emma and her sister beside the giant straw bale climbing fortress. A massive bouncing pill trampoline. Emma's nephew sitting on a ride on peddle tractor.

Cairnie Fruit Farm cafe and gift shop.

Although we didn’t go in, there is a cafe serving hot and cold food. There is also a farm and gift shop on-site too. The Outdoor Strawberry Kiosk located in the Funyard has a selection of drinks, sweets, ice cream and strawberries.

Wheelchair Accessibility at Cairnie Fruit Farm

Wheelchair accessibility in the fruit tunnels, Funyard and Mega Maze was better than I expected it to be. I wouldn’t rate it as completely wheelchair accessible as it was a bit rough and bumpy in some areas. I found it manageable in my power wheelchair though.

Some manual wheelchair users may find it more of a struggle unless you have someone with you who could possibly give a little assistance here and there. We saw manual wheelchair users so it is absolutely doable.

Cairnie Fruit Farm accessible toilet.

An accessible toilet was located at the main entrance and it was rather disappointing after such an amazing day. It was very small, dirty (toilet paper lying on the floor) and boiling hot.

It didn’t have a RADAR lock, so I’m assuming it may get used by people who may not necessarily need the accessible toilet.

Strawberry Picking At Cairnie Fruit Farm

We had a great day at Cairnie Fruit Farm picking strawberries, getting lost in the Mega Maze and watching my nephew play in the Funyard. We will definitely go back again next year and may even check out the pumpkin patch in the lead up to Halloween.

Next time we will take a picnic and pick different fruit too.

Have you been strawberry picking? What is wheelchair accessibility like at your local pick your own fruit farm?

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4 Responses

  1. Lady Emma,

    My god You Rock, and your stunningly beautiful to go with your Rockness,

    I just wanna thank you for giving me a giant kick up my bum, you have inspired me to get out there and just do stuff, I’ve been feeling sorry for myself for far too long, yes I’m Autistic and have other minor problems but if Emma can go every where then I’m just waisting my good points,

    If they made a bracelet that said “WWED” I would buy it and think everyday what would Emma Do

    Before I close I just wanna say that I really believe that you’re Gran is always with you in the Spirit realm and just like my Nanna she is there helping you with stuff.

    I’m going to close there and say I hope we can become friends in some way please, I live in Chester in Cheshire England

  2. I am Joseph BaBinszki I am so happy that you had a good time. But a get very upset when I need to use the handicap restroom and I have to wait on somebody to exit it and they have no disability issues and they exit and give you a dirty look like you did something wrong because you’re in a chair when it is them that are using the wrong bathroom there should be a fine for that like there is for parking in the handicap stall when you were definitely not handicap Thank you for listening to me Joseph from Hanford California

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