A new guide published by disabled access charity Euan’s Guide shows Scotland’s best historic landmarks for disabled people to visit.
The castles and battlefields guide shows that monuments of Scottish culture, like the well-known Stirling and Culloden castles, are not outwith the reach of disabled visitors, and gives advice on how those with mobility issues visiting the locations can fully enjoy their time there.
Euan MacDonald, co-founder of Euan’s Guide said: “All throughout Scotland there are remnants of the country’s battle-scarred past, but what few people know is that many of these castles and battlefields can be unexpectedly accessible. We found a lochside ruin with an excellent visualisation guide; a mighty fortress with ramps wide and sturdy enough to move cannons; a haunted castle with wheelchair-accessible gardens that seem to go on forever; battlefields brought to life by audio guides; and a hidden pine forest beach with a curious story to tell.
“We’ve put all of these sites and more into our new Castles and Battlefields guide, and we hope that this will give local and visiting disabled people a captivating selection of places to visit around Scotland.”
Part-funded by the VisitScotland growth fund, the guide is endorsed by the National Trust and covers everything from Bannockburn to the lesser-known Bath Doocot and Burghead Pict Fort, both well worth a visit.
Fiona Hyslop, Cabinet Secretary for Culture, Tourism and External Affairs said: “I welcome the launch of the first of a series of accessible guides published by Euan’s Guide, which will allow people with a disability to enjoy Scotland’s many off-beat castles and battlefields.
“Inclusive tourism provides an equal opportunity for older people, families with young children and those with temporary or hidden disabilities to be part of the tourism experience, with no-one having to be left out.”