Visitors with Disabilities
Historic Scotland recognises that many historic properties can present difficulties for people with disabilities.
To help you prepare for your visit, each property detail page in our website provides access details along with brief descriptions of the types of display and the tactile qualities of artefacts.
We also have an Access Guide
which provides you with access information for attractions maintained by Historic Scotland.
Historic Scotland also offers free entry for one-to-one carers accompanying disabled visitors.
Historic Scotland Access Guide [pdf, 7mb]
Scottish Tourist Board (STB) Ratings
A number of our properties have been inspected and rated under VisitScotland’s star grading
for accessibility facilities.
The scheme has three ratings:
Unassisted wheelchair access for visitors
Assisted wheelchair access for visitors
Access for visitors with mobility difficulties
Visitors are welcome to bring dogs to all HS sites except
those listed below:
HS SITES WHERE DOS ARE NOT PERMITTED
|Edinburgh Castle||Central Region||South Region
|Stirling Castle||Doune Castle||Dumbarton Castle
| ||Dunblane Cathedral||Glasgow Cathedral
|North Region||Dunkeld Cathedral||New Abbey Corn Mill
|Brough of Birsay||Elcho Castle||Smailholm Tower
|Dalls Dhu Distillery ||Lochleven Castle||Threave Castle
|Duff House||Meigle Museum||Torphichen Preceptory
|Maeshowe||St Andrews Castle||Whithorn Priory Museum
|Skara Brae||St Andrews Cathedral ||
|Urquhart Castle||St Serf's Church||
| ||St Vigeans||
| ||Stanley Mills||
Reasons for refusal include: roofed buildings, health and safety, volume of visitors, access through shop/museum, farm areas, places of worship and burial areas.
You will see this symbol
on the property detail if dogs are not permitted. The document below is available as a quick reference. Historic Scotland Dog Policy [PDF, 120KB]