How accessible are Scotland’s top sights?
Read on for useful information on accessibility at some of Scotland’s most popular sights from Edinburgh Castle to the Royal Yacht Britannia.
Perched on an extinct volcano, Edinburgh Castle is a powerful national symbol and part of Old and New Towns of Edinburgh World Heritage Site. It is also home to the Scottish Crown Jewels and the Stone of Destiny. There is good access around many parts of the castle though some areas are unsuitable for wheelchair access. Courtesy vehicles are available and need to be booked in advance, and wheelchairs can also be hired. Guide dogs are welcome and there is a Braille interpretation of the history of the Crown Jewels.
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The Royal Yacht Britannia is a fascinating attraction and an intimate glimpse into the lives of Queen Elizabeth II and the Duke of Edinburgh. The yacht played host to some of the world’s most famous people and visited hundreds of places with assorted royals on board. You can tour the ship, seeing the Queen and Duke of Edinburgh’s personally furnished private bedrooms, and enjoy traditional afternoon tea and cakes on the deck. It is fully accessible for wheelchairs, with lifts and ramps to take visitors to each level. Guide dogs are welcome and there are excellent audio tours available.
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You can’t go to Scotland without tasting the national drink – whisky. One of the best places to sample a dram is the Scotch Whisky Experience in Edinburgh. Learn about the history of the drink, how it is made, and – most importantly – try a few varieties. The Experience won the Scottish Tourist Board Thistle Awards in the "Tourism For All" category in recognition of excellent facilities for disabled and younger visitors. The venue is fully wheelchair accessible. Visually impaired visitors will find the sensory nature of the tour satisfying and there is printed and visual material available for those who are deaf or hard of hearing.
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The Riverside Museum in Glasgow was designed by the world-famous architect Zaha Hadid, and opened in 2011. The former Museum of Transport was relocated to a spectacular waterfront landmark, with a Tall Ship berthed alongside the Museum creating a fantastic experience in a stunning setting. The museum is fully wheelchair accessible, with displays and interactive activities placed at an accessible height. The two entrances to the museum are wheelchair accessible. Guide dogs are welcome and bowls for water are provided.
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Scotland’s most famous poet was born in 1759, and the cottage he was born in has been turned into the site of a museum devoted to his work. The museum holds the world’s largest collection of Burns manuscripts and the site includes many historic landmarks where he set his most famous works. Wheelchair access in the museum and Burns Cottage is good, and there is level access throughout. Guide dogs are welcome. Certain older parts of the site, Auld Kirk, Brig o’ Doon and Burns Monument, involve steps but staff are happy to assist.
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