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Forth and Tay Disabled Ramblers choose
TGA Breeze


With funds from the National Lottery, The Forth and Tay Disabled Ramblers have chosen a TGA Breeze mobility scooter so more people can enjoy their organised rambles.


The Forth and Tay Disabled Ramblers was set up in 2002 and its volunteers organise 15 accessible scooter rambles each year. The 50 members meet up at different scenic places between the Firth of Forth and the Firth of Tay in East Scotland. The charity had several older scooters and needed a new one that was able to drive offroad.


As a charity, the Ramblers need donations to buy equipment, service scooters and organise events so Chairperson Shelia Batchelor applied to the National Lottery Community Fund Scotland for help. They already had an older Breeze that was ‘built as strong as a tank’, so they knew another one would provide comfort and safety over rocky tracks and muddy trails. Sheila was successful with her bid and Harry from TGA delivered the new Breeze S4 in January – to the delight of everyone involved with the charity.


The Breeze will be for all members to use however it is particularly ideal for Sheila as she has MS. With limited movement in her right arm, it was becoming harder for Shelia to join in on rambles. Now with a Breeze, that has been adapted to have left hand controls, she can explore in complete control whilst enjoying the company of fellow ramblers.  


Sheila explains: “I contacted TGA to enquire about purchasing an all-terrain TGA Breeze.  We required the controls to be switched to the left-hand side and Samantha from TGA could not have been more helpful. The whole process was entirely straightforward, and we took delivery of the scooter less than two weeks later. Harry delivered the scooter, arriving at the allotted time and again was extremely helpful and knowledgeable, taking time to explain all functions of the scooter and making sure it was correctly adjusted. The service offered by TGA staff is exemplary.”


After driving the new Breeze for the first time Sheila said: “It is a very stylish and robust scooter – ideal for our needs and more than capable of tackling some of the rough terrain we encounter on our rambles.  The controls are easy to use for a disabled person, as are the adjustments to the comfortable seat and tiller. Six disabled members and a support team of volunteers and family members are to undertake the challenge of completing the Great Glen Way, from Fort William to Inverness in May this year to raise funds. The TGA Breeze will be an asset to our effort.”


The Forth and Tay Disabled Ramblers need funds to continue. In addition to raising money themselves they are always looking for donations. They hope to purchase another Breeze to help with the 6-day, 66-mile, Great Glen Way challenge.


Donations to the Forth and Tay Disabled Ramblers can be made via the DONATE button on the home page.


Great news on our funding!


We are delighted to announce, today, that Forth & Tay Disabled Ramblers has won an award from The National Lottery for the purchase of a new mobility scooter, suitable for the terrain we use them in.


The National Lottery Community Fund Scotland Chair, Kate Still, said: “This project, delivered by Forth & Tay Disabled Ramblers, is a great example of community activity in action, showing just what can be achieved when people come together for a common cause or to help others. It’s all thanks to National Lottery players that we can help give charities and community groups throughout Scotland greater certainty during challenging times.”

Sheila Batchelor, Chairperson of Forth and Tay Disabled Ramblers said: “This award will help us enhance our current fleet of scooters and increase our flexibility in choosing the routes we will be able to ramble over. We are delighted that The National Lottery Community Fund has recognised us and the work we do in this way.”

For more on this award and the National Lotteries Community Fund go to: Twitter @TNLComFundScot or Facebook

To find out more about what we do and how you can access our service, or volunteer for us, please go to our website at:


This year saw the Dundee Kiltwalk 'Wee Wander' being reduced in length and started at Broughty Castle.  This posed a small problem for the volunteers as finding parking to unload the van in Broughty Ferry is never easy and also getting our members to the start safely through the streets was worrying.


Therefore, we made the trip a little longer by finding parking about 1.5miles before the start and so making the trip a little longer.  The van was unloaded efficiently and scooters issued to our members taking part.   On this occasion we had 8 members taking part and once on the scooters/wheelchair we lined up for the start photograph.

It was a lovely day as we made our way along the banks of the River Tay towards Broughty Castle and the actual start of the 'Wee Wander'.  As we set off someone said the castle is a long way off but we reached the start in about 30 minutes thanks to the new promenade stretch of path which has been added to the walk leading into Broughty Ferry.  It is now wonderful for walkers, cyclists and people on mobility scooters.


With plenty time to spare before the start some of the group had a wander round the area checking out the water stations, stalls and the entertainment.  As it neared to time of the start of the wee wander our group were invited to head to the top of the start tunnel as we would be leading off this year.  The group were excited about this and were full of smiles.  They always are anyway!!!


At Noon we were lead off by the piper and soon we were out of the park and on our way eastwards through Broughty Ferry and out aong the banks of te river.  The sun was shining brightly although there was a cooling breeze coming off the water.


The camaraderie with other walkers and also from those watching from the roadside was wonderful with lots of applause and shouts of encouragement.  At one point there was a 'smirr' of rain but luckily it did not come to anything.

The time on the walk seemed to pass very quickly and soon we were at the finish where we were welcomed through the finish barrier to loud cheers and applause.

As always with the Kiltwalk, the organisation was excellent and soon the group were tucking into the hot food on offer, enjoying a beverage of whatever was to you liking and devouring the bars of chocolate tht kept appearing on the table!!!

Some of the group left at this point whilst others decided to stay for a while as they were being collected by family members.   After a short time at the finish some of the volunteers took over the wheels of the scooters and we made our way back along the route to our starting point.  AS we made our way back we offered lots of support to those still on the route and with a little way to go.

Our group enjoyed their day out at the Kiltwalk and will update their final donations as at a later date.  However, at this early stage a rough guesstimate would suggest that the donations plus 50% from the Hunter Foundation could see £3000 appear in FTDR bank account very soon.

Well done to the members, family and friends and to the volunteers who give up their time and help the members with smiles on their faces.  Could not be done without the Volunteers.

The Kiltwalk Ramble 2021 with Brian and Millar.


And so it was that at 9.45a.m. on Sunday, 25th April, 2021, I was in the car park on East Lomond with my walking companion Millar.  My wife, Liz, was good enough to drive me to the start with the confirmation that she would collect me later at the finishing line.

This had all seemed a good idea when the Kiltwalk was mentioned and I thought, lets ramble from East Lomond over to West Lomond then branch into Tayside over the top of Bishop Hill.  Then I was going to make use of the Loch Leven Heritage Path to reach Vane Farm (RSPB).  The route from there was over the Sleeping Giant Path (so named because from the north the ridge looks like a sleeping giant) to the top of Benarty Hill and end at the bottom of Struths Steps.  15 miles I thought!!!!

I applied to the Kiltwalk, paid my entry fee and joined ‘just giving’.  Information was sent by various platforms to a large number of people about my intentions and within days money was being donated on the just giving page.  Cannot back down now (as if)!!!!

Training had gone well and on the Tuesday prior to the date of the walk Millar and I covered a very enjoyable 15.5 miles.  I will do that again on Thursday I thought then two days rest and the day of the Kiltwalk will arrive.

I forgot that Wednesday, 21st April, 2021 was the day I was to get my second vaccination to fight the Covid virus.  Thursday I found that I was rather tired and decided to err on the side of caution and have a day off.  No more long walks then.

So.  Back in the car park on East Lomond.  The kilt is donned.  The rucksack is on my back.  The new action camera, which only arrived on Thursday, was attached to the rucksack strap even though I did not completely understand the workings.  Millar is harnessed and at 9.50a.m., 10 minutes earlier than proposed I hit the upward trail.

A beautiful morning as we set of and the first thing we encountered was a couple of guys running, yes running, down the hill obviously having run up it in the first place.  They were hardly breathing.  Good morning we exchanged.

It was a lovely walk up the hill with the warm sun on my back.  It was quiet apart from the bird noises.  I could not hear any sheep but decided that for the moment Millar would be staying on the extendable lead.

Less than 15 minutes in and I crested the rise to the top of East Lomond to be met by two ladies who exclaimed ‘well that’s different from shorts’.  I explained the purpose of the kilt and they immediately said that would donate some money.  I gave my name and how to access the page.

At this point the camera had been working and I did a 360 degree turn pointing out the views an sights to behold.   I do have a video but cannot get it to work in this document.  I will keep trying and it may appear at a later date.

After a few minutes I set off on my way this time down the slope.  Soon found out that the dry weather causes these loose gravel paths to be quite slippery.  However, managed to reach the main path and on route to Craigmead car park.

Nothing of note happened till I passed through Craigmead and started to wend my way along the track towards West Lomond (522mtrs).  As I walked along the path I realised that my kilt was not as tight round my middle as it was pre lockdown. 


Now, it might sound strange but during lockdown I lost weight (almost a stone) and so what had previously held the kilt up was missing.  What am I going to do because I am not even 3 miles into the walk.  Decided to carry on and do some running repairs at the top of West Lomond.

I reached the bottom of West Lomond to hear a ‘ding’ from my new action camera and on checking found that the battery had run out.  Probably just as well because the camera has a microphone on it which would have caught my reaction to the flat battery.  Crikey jings says I !!!!  I only got it on Thursday so expected problems. 

I had reached the top of West Lomond 90 minutes after leaving the East Lomond car park and I was so chuffed.  I decided to reorganise the kilt at this point but Princes Street was obviously closed that day.  There were people everywhere.  However, needs must.  A bit of ingenuity lead to the kilt being made safe around my new slimline body.  Due to the kilt problems etc.  I totally forgot to take a picture on the top but I can assure you I was at the top of the highest point in Fife.

Again the descent from our second hill was tricky in places but   made it to the bottom and a proper path leading west towards Glen Vale and the area of John Knox Pulpit. 


I knew at this point that I did not require to walk as far as the pulpit but turned south for about half a mile then west leading up through the heather and bracken to the ridge leading to Bishop Hill. 

It is amazing things that come into your head as you wander along the hills and dales with no noise, lovely weather and an empty mind. 

The Rambler

(with apologies to country legend Kenny Rogers and The Gambler)

On a warm sunny morning

On a Sunday late in April

I set out on a ramble

Cross the Higher points of Fife

With the help of the Scottish Kiltwalk

I was trying to raise some money

For a great local charity

Very close to my heart.


So I headed up East Lomond

With my walking buddy Millar

The whole route was in front of us

As we made the climb

Ninety minutes later

We were on the West Lomond

Bishop and Benarty in view

And a long walk in between


I want to thank all the donators

For giving up their money

I really do appreciate

The support that I have had

Forth n Tay Disabled Ramblers

 Thank you helping the cause

In finishing all I offer is

a big round of applause.


(Please give me some artistic licence with some of the lines but I have tried.  It almost fits!!!  If anyone can get these words to fit the music you are welcome to present it at FTDR Xmas Lunch 2021)

At this point I realised that I had underestimated the distance from West Lomond to Bishop Hill.   I continued on the path and reached the top of Bishop Hill to find a couple of young ladies sitting on the cairn.  I say young ‘ladies’ but the language I heard would have made many a miner blush so I moved on my way.  Young and impressionable that is me!!!  However, I did have time to take a photae of Loch Leven from Bishop Hill.


Had a last look back at the route we had taken over the Paps of Fife and looked forward to the next part of the walk.  What a glorious day. 

I had decided before the start that I would enjoy a couple of food breaks and on the route down into Scotlandwell was to be one.  Millar had found a couple of doggy friends to play with on the way down and was ready for a drink.  We found a shady spot with views over to Loch Leven and the route we were taking.  Watered and fed Millar.  Priorities you know!!!  Then I had a bite to eat and a long cool drink.

I always measure the walk distance on an app on my phone so I decided to have a look!!!!  Imagine my astonishment when it read 9+ miles.  I knew it was 9 miles from Scotlandwell to the finish.   Therefore I had underestimated by 3 miles.  I was only halfway!!!!  Quick change of socks and off we go.

Leaving Scotlandwell and heading towards Kinnesswood I reached Bishopshire Golf Club.  The road opposite, Grahamstone Road, I knew lead down onto the Loch Leven Heritage Trail.  By now the sun was at its strongest and it was really warm.  A short time later just short of the heritage trail I passed the point where FTDR enjoyed a rather soggy picnic lunch on a ramble one day long ago (probably only a couple years BUT).

Headed along the path and watched gliders coming and going from Portmoak gliding centre.  Quite busy.  A short time after passing the gliders I was met by my friend Geoff with whom I have enjoyed many walks and climbs in Scotland.  He was going to accompany me to the top of Benarty.  At this point the company was welcome.  Millar is good company but doesn’t say much!!!

The path was busy with walkers, joggers, runners and cyclists.  Eventually made it to Vane Farm where I had decided to have my second food break.   Millar seen to first again.  Boots and socks off.  Paused the walking app and we were 15+ miles into the ramble.  This a screenshot of the route recording and you will see the number of calories I have burned.  No surprise that the kilt does not fit properly!! 

Enjoyed the picnic.  Replaced boot on dry socks.  Gathered up the rubbish.  Off we go.

I said earlier I was using the Sleeping Giant path to get to the top of Benarty Hill.  Oh no I was not.  A short distance on our way and there was a diversion because of a landslip.  The diversion was off to my left.  A quick look provided me with a view of the path which was in fact a staircase.  I have no idea how many steps.  BUT.  Having walked up and down 15+ miles, a long walk up steps is not what one wants.  BUT.  All these people who had donated did, so on the premise that I was walking 15 miles and over 4 hills.  Well I thought I have walked 15 miles!!!  BUT.  Only 3 hills had been topped!!!!  Step we gaily on we go.  After the steps the diversion was actually quite enjoyable and we rejoined the sleeping giant path some way up.

Getting close now and no mishaps as yet!!!  Wait for it!!!  I am not counting the loose kilt as a mishap.  That could have been so much worse!!!

A short time later we reach the trig point on top of Benarty Hill.  The sun was still splitting the sky although there was now a cooling easterly breeze.  A few people had made their way to the top and were sitting about enjoying the views. 


Geoff obliged  with the camera and I have selected the least dishevelled shot for the gallery.  I looked a mess.  I had arranged Liz to collect Millar and I at the bottom of Struths Steps (more Steps but downward mmmmhhhh) at 1720.  30 minutes left.

It was at this point that I found out I had not restarted my mileage app from the stop at Vane Farm (thank goodness that microphone was not working).  Well, my boy that was rather stupid (or words to that effect).

Set off down the hill.  Now you might recall as I set off at the start of the ramble there were two guys running down the hill.  On Benarty Hill a guy passed us running.  Not unusual.  BUT.  On his back was a laden rucksack and sitting on that, astride his neck was a young boy.  OMG.

Geoff was still with me at this point and we just looked at each other with a slight shake of the heads.  Each to their own.  Soon, Geoff went off to continue his walk and make it back to his car.


Millar and I set off towards Struths steps with a spring in our steps because we were almost there.  Almost without mishap.  About 20 steps from the bottom I moved off a high step, landed on a round stone and down I went.  Really pleased at this point the microphone was not working. ***@@@??? said I as I examined my skint knee, skint elbow and bruised nail which was also bleeding.  You might see the injuries on the end photograph. 


A good warm bath will sort that out.  Home quickly, quick check of the balance on the just giving page.  Big smile.  Long soak in bath.  I really enjoyed the walk.  Thank you to everyone who supported my endeavours.  You are all very kind.  The FTDR bank balance will helped for another year.  Let us go rambling!!!!

Quick check of balance on justgiving page before publishing, shows the donations have reached £1500.  This includes £30 from the ladies on East Lomond.  WOW!!!!  £2250 coming into the coffers.  THANKS EVERYONE. 

1 Kiltwalk start.jpg
2 Looking back at West Lomond.jpg
4 Loch Leven from Bishop Hill.jpg
5 The Lomond Hills from Bishop Hill.jpg
6 15.67 miles on the route.png
7 Benarty Hill.jpg
9 Kiltwalk end.jpg

Have I Got News For you.

After a year of nothing to write about due to the Covid pandemic which put a stop to everything that we enjoy I am happy to announce that we are about to start events again as follows:-

21st April, 2021.

The 2021 Annual General Meeting which this year is being held using the Zoom Meetings platform.  Paperwork has been issued for this meeting and those interested in taking part have been invited to notify their intention to Brian Watson, Membership and Ramble Secretary.  It is very important that tis meeting is held in order to ensure the correct business for the next year.  Please give the committee your support.

23rd - 25th April, 2021.

This is the Kiltwalk weekend.  In the years of 2018 and 2019 several members of the group took part in the Kiltwalk in its normal setting and on both occasions in excess of £2000 was raised for funds.  Obviously this year is much more restrictive and the event is being run as a Virtual Kiltwalk this year.  Brian Watson, Membership and Ramble Secretary is therefore taking up the challenge of the Kiltwalk.  During the weekend stated on which ever is the best weather forecast Brian intends to make an approximately 15 miles walk.  Brian will start in the car park on the east side of East Lomond at 10a.m. on the day selected.  The walk will then take Brian up and over East Lomond, on to West Lomond.  The journey then takes in Bishop Hill before arriving in Scotlandwell.  Brian will then follow the main road towards Kinnesswood before taking Grahamstone Road to reach the Loch Leven Heritage Trail which will lead to RSPB Vane Farm.  At this point he will follow The Sleeping Giant Path to reach Benarty Hill.  The finish will be close at hand at this point with hopefully transport waiting at the bottom of Struth's Steps.  Brian has a justgiving page where donations can be made to his effort  Go to and search for Brian's page and donate.    Whatever Brian raises will be returned to the charity with an additional 50% added by The Hunter Foundation.  This money will make a huge difference to the groups finances.  Please donate anything you can.

5th May, 2021.

This will be our first venture of the year with a Scoot in Glenrothes.  The route will be decided on the day depending on weather and ideas gleaned from the membership.  Proper clothing and a picnic lunch should be brought along..  We understand that a group of 15 socially distanced can go for a ramble so it maybe that we will split into groups if required with 10 ramblers and 5 volunteers/carer's per group.  Paperwork already out for this event.

11th May, 2021

A ramble will take place on this date with a meeting at Blairadam Forest starting at 11a.m.  Once gain bring the correct clothing for the venture and also a picnic lunch.  Blairadam Forest is a favourite with the membership and is always an interesting ramble with wildlife, fauna and streams to look at and admire.  Once again paperwork has been distributed for this ramble.  Look forward to seeing everyone.

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