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Bennachie Centre

Chapel of Garioch, Inverurie, Aberdeenshire, AB51 5HY

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Bennachie

  • The distinctive shape of the hill called Bennachie is a landmark that’s meant ‘home’ for thousands of years. People have lived in a fort carved into the hill top and in radical farming settlements on its slopes. They’ve quarried its stone to build houses, and spun yarns about devils and giants who built its tracks or threw its giant boulders in fits of anger.
  • Bennachie Centre is the perfect place to start exploring this much-loved hill and the forests that surround it. Trails vary from a gentle route through the woodland to demanding treks in open country, and in the Visitor Centre you can find out all about the history and wildlife of Bennachie.

Getting Here

  • By Road View
    • From Inverurie, take the A96 north towards Huntly. After about 3.5 miles (5.5 km) on the A96, take a road on the left signposted to Chapel of Garioch. At the T-junction in Chapel of Garioch turn right, then first left, signposted to the Bennachie Centre. Follow this road for about 2 miles (3.2 km) to reach the car park at grid reference NJ 698 216. AB51 5HX is the nearest postcode.
  • By Bus View
    • There is not a bus stop within 150 metres of the venue.
    • The nearest point for public transport is the village of Pitcaple, about 3 miles (4.8 km) away on the A96. It is served by buses between Huntly and Aberdeen. Alternatively, you could take a taxi from Inverurie, about 6.5 miles (10km) away, which is served by buses and trains.
  • By Train View
    • The nearest Railway Station is Inverurie.

Getting Help and Assistance

  • There is a member of staff available for help and assistance.
  • Staff receive disability awareness/equality training.
  • British Sign Language interpreters cannot be provided on request.
  • Water bowls for assistance dogs are available.
  • Forestry Commission leaflets, maps and publications can be provided in alternative format, for example, in large print or in another language. For more information please contact: The Diversity Team via telephone: 0300 067 5000 or e-mail: diversity@forestry.gsi.gov.uk.

Parking

  • Parking View
    • The venue does have its own parking facilities.
    • The car park is located just of the road leading from Chapel of Garioch.
    • The car park type is open air/surface.
    • The car park does not have a height restriction barrier.
    • The car park surface is tarmac.
    • There is a/are Blue Badge parking bay(s) available.
    • The Blue Badge bay(s) is/are signposted but have no markings.
    • There is/are 4 designated Blue Badge parking bay(s) within the car park.
    • Clearly marked/signposted parent and child parking bays are not available.
    • All parking spaces are provided on a first come first served basis.
  • Paying View
    • There are parking charges for the car park.
    • Parking is not free for visitors of the venue.
    • Payment signs are provided.
    • Payment signs are clearly presented.
    • Payment term signs do make it clear if parking charges apply to Blue Badge holders.
    • Parking is free for Blue Badge holders.
    • Payment machines are located throughout the car park.
    • There is a payment machine at a convenient height for wheelchair users.
    • There is a level turning space (minimum 185cm x 210cm) in front of the payment machine(s).
  • Drop-off Point(s) View
    • There is not a/are not clearly marked drop-off point(s).

Outside Access (External Entrance - Accessible Toilet and Standard Female Toilets)

  • Entrance View
    • This information is for the entrance located to the right of the centre entrance.
    • The entrance area/door is clearly signed.
    • There is step free access at this entrance.
    • There is not a canopy or recess which provides weather protection at this entrance.
    • The entrance door(s) does not/do not contrast visually with its immediate surroundings.
    • The main door(s) open(s) away from you (push).
    • The door(s) is/are single width.
    • The door(s) is/are heavy.
    • The width of the door opening is 100cm.
  • Comments View
    • The external entrance can be used to access the toilet facilities outside of the centre opening hours.
    • The doors are on a timer lock and they are unlocked from dawn until dusk.

Outside Access (External Entrance - Standard Male Toilets)

  • Entrance View
    • This information is for the entrance located to the left of the centre entrance.
    • The entrance area/door is clearly signed.
    • There is step free access at this entrance.
    • There is not a canopy or recess which provides weather protection at this entrance.
    • The entrance door(s) does not/do not contrast visually with its immediate surroundings.
    • The main door(s) open(s) away from you (push).
    • The door(s) is/are single width.
    • The door(s) is/are heavy.
    • The width of the door opening is 77cm.
  • Comments View
    • The external entrance can be used to access the toilet facilities outside of the centre opening hours.
    • The doors are on a timer lock and they are unlocked from dawn until dusk.

Outdoor Area

  • The Picnic Area is located in the woodland around the car park and in the area in front of the centre.
  • The surface of the floor around the picnic benches in the woodland around the car park is loose chippings.
  • The surface of the floor around picnic benches located in front centre is block paving.
  • There are picnic benches available.
  • The height of some of the picnic benches is 71cm (2ft 4in).
  • Some of the picnic benches do not have space underneath for a wheelchair user.
  • There is information board located to the left of the visitor centre.

Outside Access (Centre Entrance)

  • Entrance View
    • This information is for the entrance located at the front of the visitor centre.
    • The entrance area/door is not clearly signed.
    • There is step free access at this entrance.
    • There is a canopy or recess which provides weather protection at this entrance.
    • The entrance door(s) does not/do not contrast visually with its immediate surroundings.
    • The main door(s) open(s) towards you (pull).
    • The door(s) is/are double width but one door is locked.
    • The door(s) is/are heavy.
    • The width of the door opening is 77cm.
  • Comments View
    • The second door can be unlocked if required, when both doors are unlocked the door width is 150cm.

Eating and Drinking

  • The following information is for the cafe.
  • The cafe is located to the left after you enter.
  • There is step free access to the cafe.
  • Full table service is not available.
  • Food and/or drinks are ordered from the service counter.
  • Food and/or drinks can be brought to the table.
  • The height of the service counter is medium height (77cm - 109cm).
  • There is a lowered section of the counter.
  • The lowered section of the counter is at the recommended height of 76cm.
  • There is not a clear knee recess beneath the lowered section of the counter.
  • There is not a hearing assistance system.
  • There is step free access within the cafe.
  • There is ample room for a wheelchair user to manoeuvre.
  • This area does not play background music.
  • The type of flooring in this area is vinyl.
  • No tables are permanently fixed.
  • Some chairs are permanently fixed.
  • No chairs have armrests on both sides.
  • The nearest table is approximately 7m from the entrance/opening.
  • The nearest table is approximately 6m from the till/counter.
  • The standard height for tables is 67cm.
  • Plastic/takeaway cups are available.
  • Plastic/takeaway cutlery is available.
  • Drinking straws are available.
  • There are wall menus available.
  • Menus are not available in Braille.
  • Menus are not available in large print.
  • Picture menus are not available.
  • Menus are clearly written.
  • Menus are presented in contrasting colours.
  • The type of food served here is hot and cold meals and snacks.
  • The lighting levels are good.

Wildlife Watch Area and Community Room

  • The wildlife watch area and Community Room are located to the right after you enter the centre.
  • There is step free access to both.
  • There are TV screens playing information about the wildlife in the woodland and live images from the woods.
  • There are interactive exhibits located around the area. The height of the exhibits varies between 65cm to 70cm.
  • There is a touchscreen available; the top of the touchscreen is 100cm from the floor.
  • There is a forestry kitchen which shows the uses that wood from the woodland can be used for.
  • The community room is available for hire.

Accessible Toilet(s)

  • There is an/are accessible toilet(s) for public use.
  • Location and Access View
    • The accessible toilet surveyed is not for the sole use of disabled people.
    • This accessible toilet is located to the right after you enter the centre.
    • This accessible toilet is approximately 6m (6yd 1ft) from the centre entrance.
    • There is step free access to the accessible toilet.
  • Features and Dimensions View
    • This is a shared toilet.
    • A key is not required for the accessible toilet.
    • There is pictorial signage on or near the toilet door.
    • The door opens outwards.
    • The door is heavy.
    • The door is locked by a twist lock.
    • The width of the accessible toilet door is 100cm (3ft 3in).
    • The dimensions of the accessible toilet are 160cm x 195cm (5ft 3in x 6ft 5in).
    • The accessible toilet does not have an unobstructed minimum turning space of 150cm x 150cm in front of the seat.
    • The toilet has not got a non slip floor.
    • There is a lateral transfer space.
    • As you face the toilet pan the transfer space is on the right.
    • The lateral transfer space is 85cm (2ft 9in).
    • There is a flush on the transfer side.
    • There is not a spatula type lever flush.
    • There is a dropdown rail on the transfer side.
    • There is not an emergency alarm.
    • There is not a flashing fire alarm beacon within the toilet.
    • Disposal facilities are available in the toilet.
    • There is a/are non-infectious waste disposal units.
    • There is not a/are not coat hook(s).
  • Position of Fixtures View
    • There is a/are wall-mounted grab rail(s) available.
    • As you face the toilet the wall-mounted grab rail(s) is/are on both sides.
    • There is a vertical wall-mounted grab rail on the transfer side.
    • There is a horizontal wall-mounted grab rail on the opposite side of the seat to the transfer space.
    • There is a mirror.
    • The mirror is not placed at a lower level or at an angle for ease of use.
    • There is not a shelf next to the toilet.
    • The toilet has a backrest and a cistern.
    • The height of the toilet seat above floor level is 42cm (1ft 5in).
    • There is a toilet roll holder.
    • The toilet roll holder can be reached from seated on the toilet.
    • The toilet roll holder is not placed higher than 100cm (3ft 3in).
    • There is a wash basin.
    • The wash basin can be reached from seated on the toilet.
    • The wash basin is not placed higher than 74cm (2ft 5in).
    • There is a vertical wall-mounted grab rail on the right hand side of the wash basin.
    • The wash basin tap type is push.
    • There is a mixer tap.
    • There is a soap dispenser.
    • The soap dispenser cannot be reached from seated on the toilet.
    • The height of the soap dispenser is 105cm.
    • There is not a towel dispenser.
    • There is a hand dryer.
    • The hand dryer cannot be reached from seated on the toilet.
    • The hand dryer is not placed higher than 100cm (3ft 3in).
  • Colour Contrast and Lighting View
    • The contrast between the external door and wall is good.
    • The contrast between the internal door and wall is good.
    • The contrast between the dropdown rail(s) and wall is poor.
    • The contrast between the wall-mounted grab rail(s) and wall is poor.
    • The toilet seat colour contrast is poor.
    • The contrast between the walls and floor is good.
    • The lighting levels are good.
  • Baby Changing Facilities View
    • Baby changing facilities are located within the accessible toilet.
    • The baby change table is not set against the wall, permanently fixed at 75cm from the floor.
    • The baby change table is not height adjustable.
    • The height of the baby change table once extended is 80cm (2ft 7in).

Standard Toilet(s)

  • Standard toilet facilities are available.
  • Access to Standard Female Toilet(s) View
    • The female toilet facilities that were surveyed are located to the right after you enter the centre.
    • The female toilet(s) is/are approximately 6m (6yd 1ft) from the centre entrance.
    • There is step free access to the female toilet(s).
    • There is pictorial signage on or near the toilet door.
    • An ambulant toilet with wall-mounted grab rails is not available.
    • The wash basin tap type is push.
    • There is not a flashing fire alarm beacon within the toilets.
    • Lighting levels are good.
  • Access to Standard Male Toilet(s) View
    • The male toilet facilities that were surveyed are located to the left after you enter the centre.
    • The male toilet(s) is/are approximately 4m (4yd 1ft) from the centre entrance.
    • There is step free access to the male toilet(s).
    • There is pictorial signage on or near the toilet door.
    • An ambulant toilet with wall-mounted grab rails is not available.
    • The wash basin tap type is push.
    • There is not a flashing fire alarm beacon within the toilets.
    • Lighting levels are good.

Trail Information