The Stornoway Trust and a team of local volunteers hosted a visit from Molten Rock and their Boma7 at Cuddy Point in the Castle Grounds.

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 brought a demonstration model 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 working 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.” He continues, “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 us at Segway Hebrides in providing booking and administration services for both locals and visitors to the Islands.

For more information please contact Jenny Allenby at jenny.allenby@hotmail.com.