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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 are welcome to bring dogs to all HS sites except those listed below:

                      HS SITES WHERE DOS ARE NOT PERMITTED                       

Edinburgh CastleCentral RegionSouth Region
Stirling CastleDoune CastleDumbarton Castle
 Dunblane CathedralGlasgow Cathedral
North RegionDunkeld CathedralNew Abbey Corn Mill
Brough of BirsayElcho CastleSmailholm Tower
Dalls Dhu Distillery      Lochleven CastleThreave Castle
Duff HouseMeigle MuseumTorphichen Preceptory
MaeshoweSt Andrews CastleWhithorn Priory Museum  
Skara BraeSt Andrews Cathedral       
Urquhart CastleSt 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 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, 120KB]