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Access for all

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.

PDF icon 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:

Category 1
Unassisted wheelchair access for visitors

Category 2
Assisted wheelchair access for visitors

Category 3
Access for visitors with mobility difficulties

Visitors' dogs

Visitors’ dogs are permitted at all sites (unless otherwise specified). They must be kept on a lead and should not be left unattended. They are not permitted in any roofed buildings (including visitor centres), and particularly not where food is prepared.

The only exception to these rules is for guide dogs and assistance dogs which are permitted at all sites and within roofed areas.

No fouling is allowed at any site. Poop scoops are provided at all sites where dogs are allowed and are available from the site steward. Owners are asked to be sensitive to the effect of their dogs on others, especially children.
You will see this symbol Dogs not Permitted on the property detail if dogs are not permitted. The document below is available as a quick reference.

PDF icon Historic Scotland Dog Policy [pdf, 30kb]