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Accessible things to do in Edinburgh

Edinburgh is one of the top cities to visit in the UK and it’s clear to see why. With so much culture and so many things to do, there is always something for everyone regardless of ability. In this article, Simply Emma, a disability and travel blogger from a small town in Scotland shares some of the best places to visit in Edinburgh for accessibility.

The Scotch Whisky Experience

A trip to the Scottish capital wouldn’t be complete without a visit to The Scotch Whisky Experience on the famous Royal Mile to learn about the national drink. This unique attraction is highly accessible with a range of features in place to make visits enjoyable for all. The multi-sensory tour begins with a fun whisky barrel ride that is wheelchair accessible and takes you on the journey of Scotch whisky production. You’ll find step-free access into the building, a lift to all levels, accessible toilet, hearing loop system, printed information and more. To top it off, the staff are amazing with fantastic attitudes and disability awareness.

Edinburgh Castle

Edinburgh Castle is top of every visitor’s list of things to do in Edinburgh so it would be a shame to miss out on experiencing this incredible historic castle. A real effort has been made to allow everyone regardless of ability to access the Castle and its grounds. The mobility car will take you from the entrance to the top of the castle and although the slopes and cobbles can be a challenge, it is possible for wheelchair users. There are also lifts, ramps, accessible toilets and helpful staff happy to assist. There are so many things to see as you explore the castle such as The Great Hall, Prisons of War, the Crown Jewels as well as the beautiful view of the city from Mons Meg.

Edinburgh castle

Edinburgh Bus Tours

If you’re looking to cover many of the city’s main points of interest in a quick and easy way, then I’d recommend Edinburgh Bus Tours to take you on a storytelling journey. You’ll see Edinburgh Castle, Royal Mile, Palace of Holyroodhouse, Calton Hill and Grassmarket. Not only is it a great way to see lots of attractions easily, but it has excellent accessibility onboard to make your journey a comfortable one. Accessibility features include a ramp, two dedicated wheelchair spaces, and display screens showing live footage with subtitled commentary. Wheelchairs are held in place by the fantastic Quantum wheelchair securement system. This is a great safety feature to prevent wheelchair users from moving or tipping over while the bus is moving.

Tourists on Edinburgh tour bus

The Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh

In the summer there’s no better way to enjoy the sunshine than to visit one of the finest botanic gardens in the world, The Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh. It’s easy to lose track of time while rolling around this massive Garden and exploring the various features and buildings so make sure you give yourself plenty of time. It’s a great place for kids as well as adults and has excellent accessibility such as clear signage, tarmacked paths, push-button automatic doors, level or ramped access and 11 accessible toilets.

The Royal Botanic Garden, Edinburgh

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