A scheme that aims to make it easier for people with disabilities to explore the golden sands and shoreline at a north-east beach has been set up by a charity.
Volunteers at the Sand Bothy visitor centre have begun raising money for an all-terrain wheelchair and hoist which would be lent out to families for trips to Balmedie Beach.
The £3,200 Hippocampe chair has balloon wheels for crossing sand and a corrosion-resistant frame to withstand salt air.
The idea for the rental service was brought to the group by Aberdeen mum Laura Henry, whose 13-year-old son Ben has quadriplegic cerebral palsy. Mrs Henry saw a similar initiative in Berwick-upon-Tweed.
She said: “When you go on to the really soft sand, you just can’t get the wheelchair through it.
“Some disabled people are life-limited, meaning they and their families try to make every day and every experience a fun one for all the family to share. They make happy memories for when times aren’t so good.”
Donations to the campaign can be made at