Celebrate Scotland on Disabled Access Day too!

2016, Edinburgh, Scotland

Celebrate Scotland on Disabled Access Day too!

Monday 25th January marks the annual celebration of Scotland’s national poet, and that means a lot of us will be spending the night tucking into some haggis and enjoying traditional Scottish events. But the fun needn’t stop tonight!

From museums to storytelling centres, there are all sorts of Scottish venues taking part in Disabled Access Day this March, especially in Edinburgh which is one of our hub cities. Take a look at just some of our favourite Scottish venues that are taking part…

Dawyck Botanic Gardens

 Photograph of flowers in Dawyk Botanic Gardens

Dawyck Botanic Gardens in Peebles is home to 'one of Scotland's finest tree collections,' woodland and Burnside walks, plus has an award winning visitor centre. Did you know that the Douglas Fir is named after David Douglas, a Scottish Botanist? You can learn all about David Douglas and his adventures in the Scottish Highlands at the Botanics.

Dawyck Botanic Gardens are offering free entry on the day, just quote 'Disabled Access Day' upon arrival. You can also book your place on a tour of the gardens across their accessible paths.

Afterwards, grab a bite to eat at Dawyck Café, which specialises in tasty, locally sourced Scottish foods.

The Orkney Folklore and Storytelling Centre

Learn about Orkney Island heritage and folk culture with a visit to the Orkney Folklore and Storytelling centre. The centre hosts a range of activities and events including traditional music and dance, storytelling and poetry, visual arts and educational programmes. Visitors can explore the Folk Art Studio, Orkney Heritage Library and the Storytelling Garden of Island Legend and Lore. There really is something for everybody!

Keep an eye out for what the Orkney Folklore and Storytelling Centre are planning for Disabled Access Day.

The Scottish Parliament

 Photograph of the exterior of the Scottish Parliament

For anybody interested in Scottish politics and democracy, The Scottish Parliament is an absolute must see, and Disabled Access Day is the perfect opportunity to head along for a look around. With an average rating of five stars for access on Euan’s Guide you’re sure to have a great time, one reviewer said:

“The Scottish Parliament receives tops marks for accessibility. It has excellent wheelchair access, provides materials in alternative formats, has signed materials, and its staff are happy to help.” – EdinBlue

If you’re up for more Scottish sight-seeing afterwards, the Parliament is right across from Palace of Holyroodhouse and The Queen’s Gallery, who are also busy organising Disabled Access Day events.

Timespan Museum and Arts Centre, Helmsdale

 Photograph of the exterior of Timespan museum

Located in the far north of Scotland, Timespan is a local heritage centre, contemporary art gallery and award-winning museum. The centre describes themselves as ‘a vibrant meeting place between our past and our future’ and aim to celebrate their local culture whilst looking outwards nationally and internationally.

On Disabled Access Day, Timespan will be offering free admission for disabled people (and a carer), as well as offering a special guided tour of the museum, departing at 11am. Find out more about their plans for Disabled Access Day and their accessibility on Euan’s Guide.

The Scottish National Portrait Gallery

 Photograph of the exterior of the Scottish National Portrait Gallery

Celebrate Scottish culture and learn about Scottish history by taking a look at some of the nation’s greatest artwork. The Scottish National Portrait Gallery, which opened in 1889, is the oldest purpose built portrait gallery in the world and home to paintings of some of Scotland’s most famous historical figures, including Mary, Queen of Scots, Sir Walter Scott, and even Robert Burns himself. Alongside these iconic paintings, the gallery contains more modern displays such as a new photography gallery and interactive touchscreen gallery.

The gallery is still planning their events for 12th March so keep checking their listing for updates!


Of course, there are loads more exciting Scottish events taking place on Disabled Access Day. Take a look at our event search to find out what’s going on near you.