AD | Looking for your next summer holiday location? Scotland is full of amazing places that will make your trip really memorable. From touring whisky attractions in Edinburgh to discovering historic gems in Aberdeen, you’ll find plenty of top-quality attractions to explore, all boasting superb accessibility credentials too.
If you’re looking for a city break, make sure to consider Edinburgh. Scotland’s beautiful capital has a huge range of things to offer, like the historic buildings sitting alongside sleek new architecture and brand-new restaurants and attractions.
On the famous Royal Mile alone you’ll pass by somewhere worth exploring every few meters. Pop into the Scotch Whisky Experience to discover how whisky is made, from grain to barrel.
Head down to the waterfront in Leith, to the north of the city, to visit HM Queen Elizabeth II’s former floating palace, the Royal Yacht Britannia. Here you can explore the living quarters once occupied by the Royal Family and find out what life was like during its time in service.
South of Scotland
The lush scenery of the south of Scotland will provide the perfect backdrop to your break away. Made up of Dumfries and Galloway in the west and the Scottish Borders in the east, you don’t have to travel far into Scotland to find top attractions and plenty of beautiful outdoor spaces that are all access friendly. This part of Scotland really is a gem.
In the Scottish Borders, the Eastgate Theatre and Arts Centre in Peebles has a packed events programme waiting to be uncovered. In Dumfries and Galloway, head to Kirkcudbright where you can enjoy the wonders of the night sky at the Dark Space Planetarium. This part of Scotland is famed for the quality of its dark skies and is home to the UK’s first International Dark Sky Park.
Aberdeen and Aberdeenshire
The stunning north east of Scotland is an area that is well worth considering for your next holiday. With the towering mountains and forests of the Cairngorms National Park, sparkling coastline and the thriving city of Aberdeen, there’s a huge variety of experiences to be had here.
At Macduff Marine Aquarium you can come face to face with the underwater animals living in the Moray Firth, Scotland’s largest bay. See the kelp reef exhibit (the only one of its kind in the UK) and enjoy watching the fish and creatures that live there.
In Aberdeen itself, pay a visit to Provost Skene’s House to discover the stories of 100 pioneering people who have shaped the city and the wider north east of Scotland. The building itself dates from 1545 and is the oldest surviving town house in Aberdeen.
On the west coast, Glasgow is a jewel in Scotland’s crown. This vibrant city is renowned for its friendly people and buzzing atmosphere. It’s located only an hour away from Edinburgh and has great transport links, so you could easily combine the two cities in one trip.
Opened in 2017, the Clydeside Distillery is a fantastic addition to the city’s roster of top attractions. Built on the banks of the River Clyde, you can expect stunning views as well as a fascinating tour of this working single malt whisky distillery.
For a taste of arts and culture, head to Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum in scenic Kelvingrove Park. Opened in 1901, the gallery is home to 22 galleries packed full of stunning artworks and curious objects.
The attractions included in this article will have detailed accessibility guides available from the beginning of May. VisitScotland is working with AccessAble to create detailed access guides for venues in different regions of Scotland including, Edinburgh and The Lothians, Aberdeen and Aberdeenshire, Glasgow and South of Scotland. Go to AccessAble.co.uk or VisitScotland.com/Accessible to help you plan your next break.
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