I started out carriage driving over 25 years ago with my first pony, a Western Isles Highland called Dougal.
My dream was to one day have a small business, taking people out for horse and carriage rides to view the flora and fauna of the countryside at a more relaxed pace and different perspective.
Roll on 25 years and sadly Dougal is no longer with me, but his legacy lives on with Holly my lovely school-mistress cob, and now Lola, a lovely young Drum horse, just starting out in her driving career.
After moving to Carrbridge in 2015 I realised my dream in the creation of Carrbridge Carriage Driving.
Over the past year and a half Holly and I have taken out lots of people for carriage rides, and a dozen brides to their special day, and along with our other activities, we have brought smiles to lots of faces.
The only people we haven't been able to accommodate so far, are those with limited mobility and wheelchair users!
To this end, I set up a crowdfunding and just-giving page to assist me with the purchase of a carriage similar to the top picture opposite. The cost of this made to order carriage is approximately £4000, which includes the hood and delivery.
My crowdfunding and just-giving pages have now closed, raising a total of £1785, but you can still contribute to the cost of this vehicle by making a donation to my PayPal account - paypal.me/CarrbridgeCarriages
Our Access for All Carriage will be British Racing Green in colour, with gold pinstripes and black upholstery.
Estimated delivery is 6 - 8 weeks. Once we have taken possession of the carriage, we will be offering carriage rides to those with limited mobility at a reduced rate of 25% discount off normal prices.
ETA - Date of delivery is now the beginning of October.