Diversity and Disability


Scottish adventuress Julie McElroy is back with another Wilderness Project. This follows on from the resounding success of the inaugural event in an innovative new  programme, which aims to encourage more people with disabilities to access woodlands and green space and develop a meaningful connection to the beautiful natural landscapes Scotland has to offer.  Having whisked six participants off to the beautiful Isle of Arran first time round, to experience the lush surroundings of the National Trust for Scotland’s Brodick property,  Julie has once again teamed up with the NTS to serve up another helping of outdoors adventure, this time in the magnificent, breathtaking landscape of its Kintail property in the northwest Highlands.  The estate truly is a gem in the Scottish natural environment, taking in the Falls of Glomach (Britain’s highest waterfall) and the Five Sisters of Kintail

The  project, due to take place in June, from the 19th to the 22nd 2012 will see disabled participants take part in a range of outdoor activities including a little taste of the kind of conservation work that is such an important aspect of the Trust’s work.

Julie is on the lookout for people to get involved in this exciting opportunity.  Participants must be aged 18 and upwards and be able to commit to all four days of the project.

Robert May from National Trust for Scotland said:
“The National Trust for Scotland is proud to be working with Julie on this project and supporting the campaign to improve access to the outdoors for those living with disabilities.  The last project we ran together was a great success and we can only get better, especially by going somewhere as stunning as Kintail.

We really see the Trust and its properties as being open to absolutely everyone and we relish the opportunity to continue to open our doors to an ever wider representation of Scotland’s community.”

A keen adventurer, Julie was diagnosed with cerebral palsy when she was a child and is eager to help more people with disabilities experience the advantages of the outdoors.

She added:
“I have always had a love of the outdoors and I was really delighted about getting this project off the ground for the second time. Kintail will be more stimulating and interesting for the disabled participants.

“This course is designed to enhance the confidence of the participants and also increase their personal development, by allowing them the chance to take part in a series of tasks and adventures that they haven’t before.”

Notes to news editors

The National Trust for Scotland is one of Scotland’s leading conservation charities, which relies on the financial support of its members to fund its important work of caring for the natural and cultural heritage of Scotland for everyone to enjoy. The Trust cares for a range of sites on Arran, including Brodick Castle and Country Park and Goatfell.