Holidays, Short Breaks and Respite

We all need a break now and again. MSers, their families and those who care for them are no different but we often are presented with difficulties. Mobility problems, continence difficulties, fatigue - not to mention finance - can often make it tricky to get the right holiday, short break or respite from the everyday for MSer or Carer.

A Scotland wide service called Shared Care Scotland is really worth having a look at. There is lots of information about short breaks and respite, and guidance about how to get the best solution to meet your needs. Go to their website HERE.

Locally, a long time supporter of MSers, Pete Thoms has a holiday suite available in Hopeman at reduced rates for MSers who book through the Oaks. The Anne-Elaine suite is delightful and easily accessible for those who may have mobility difficulties. For just £20 per night (minimum 2 nights) you can have a break in a lovely seaside town with kitchen, dining area, large bedroom and en-suite toilet/shower facility. Contact Pete for more information on 01343 830585

The MS Society has loads of information on their website HERE. You can download a Guide to Short Breaks and there is a contact number and email address for more information and advice. You can also access their Short Breaks and Activities Fund - financial support for MSers and their carers. The local Moray Branch of the MS Society also has involvement with this Fund. Their contact details are HERE.

There are quite a few holidays specifically set up for people with disability and health challenges like MSers. The Calvert Trust is one. Go to their website HERE. Locally, near Aviemore, the Speyside Trust aim to provide outdoor holidays to people with disabilities. Several members of the Moray MS Support Group have been there and the MS Friendship Fund have organised regular breaks to the Centre at Badaguish.

Transport can be a problem but airports and rail services are more geared up to help these days. 

For information about help offered at Aberdeen Airport click HERE. For Inverness Airport click HERE.

If Rail Travel is your preference don’t forget that the Disabled Person’s Railcard gives you money off your ticket. You can also request assistance in most rails stations and get help getting on and off trains. 

Water holidays in Scotland needn’t be out of reach. The Seagull Trust offer canal trips on The Caledonian Canal and also canal boat holidays at the Falkirk Wheel. Go to their website HERE

If you subscribe to the magazines of the MS Society or MS-UK (New Pathways) there are often advertisement for holidays in the UK and abroad that are particularly suitable for MSers. You can also try a national website called Disabled Holiday Info. Click HERE

Visit Scotland have a very full website and you are able to search it specifying your particular needs. It is a bit complicated finding your way around it but it’s worth the effort if a Scottish holiday is you preference.

Another source of information is the Accessible Property Register. This website lists accessible holiday venues as well as being a guide to property for sale. Click HERE to have a look.

Good luck and Happy Holidays!