5 Historic Scotland sites to visit on Disabled Access Day


5 Historic Scotland sites to visit on Disabled Access Day

Edinburgh Castle


Explore the castle with our Deaf Tour Guide John Hay, whose BSL tour will guide visitors around the site, and delve into Edinburgh’s starring role in Deaf history.

A Jacobite history reenactor in the great hall will also be running handling sessions with tactile historic objects throughout the day.

The castle’s mobility car can provide an alternative to heading up the steep cobbled paths. Our friendly staff can pick you up and drop you off at multiple points around the castle, as well as bringing you back to the entrance – just ask staff to arrange this for you when you arrive. The car is suitable for both motorised and manual wheelchairs, and can also seat other members of your group. Please be aware that you may have to wait for the car when it is carrying other visitors.

The staff will be able to let you know about level access routes into the great hall, national war memorial, and to arrange the lift up to the Honours of Scotland – the oldest Crown Jewels in Europe.

For more information, call the site on 0131 225 9846 or email ecadmissions@hes.scot

Stirling Castle

Stirling Castle

This year, the Mobiloo is coming to Stirling Castle! As part of Disabled Access Day, we’re promoting Changing Places toilets – designed for people who need extra equipment to use a toilet safely. The Mobiloo is a mobile Changing Places facility, which will be parked next to Stirling Castle all day. A trained member of staff will be there to assist you, and help answer any questions you have.

Inside the castle, we’ll have tactile sessions, and living history reenactors bringing Scottish history to life. Like at Edinburgh, a mobility car can help you explore – just ask staff to assist you on your arrival. The car can take any wheelchair within the dimensions H-1400mm, W-800mm, L-1150mm. Don’t miss the sensory activities in our interactive vaults, or the Access room, from which you can explore the castle at your own pace. 

If you have any questions, call the site on 01786 450 000 or email stirlingcastle@hes.scot

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St Andrews Castle

At St Andrews Castle, we’ve teamed up with The Hamish Foundation and Tourism St Andrews to bring their beach wheelchairs into the castle grounds. Come along and use them to explore the site, and learn about the Foundation’s campaign to bring a Changing Places toilet to St Andrews.

To find out more, call 01334 477 196 or email standrewscastle.vo@hes.scot


Dumbarton Castle

Dumbarton Castle might not be the first place you think of in relation to accessibility – it famously has more than 500 steps to the top of the rock. But this Disabled Access Day, our dedicated staff and volunteers are preparing sensory-focussed tours for visitors to the castle. 

With any queries, call 01389 732 167 or email dumbartoncastle.vo@hes.scot

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Maeshowe Chambered Cairn

People buried and remembered their dead in this chambered tomb some 5,000 years ago, and its entrance passage is illuminated by the setting midwinter sun. On Disabled Access Day, our Steward Sarah will be leading BSL tours of the site, while a Virtual Reality experience will be available in the Stenness visitor centre for those who can’t access the interior. 

With any queries, call 01856 851 266 or email tormistonmaeshowe.vo@hes.scot

Want to know more?

Don’t forget… Our Access Guide is a good first port of call for planning a visit to our sites. The guide contains physical descriptions (dimensions, ramped access, lifts, toilets etc.), as well as information on sensory exhibits and historic displays.If there’s any information missing, let us know at interpretation@hes.scot. You can find the Access Guide here: https://www.historicenvironment.scot/access