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Scotland - Tourist Information - Disabled Travellers

Scotland with its rolling countryside and old towns is a mixed bag for tourists with mobility problems. According to a recent review by the European Commission tourists travelling by car in Scotland will have few problems, though access to car ferries is in need of upgrading.

Rail travel is feasible though some stations are inaccessible. Using urban public transport is difficult, though in Edinburgh there are some modern "kneeling buses" that lower to allow wheel chair users to easily enter and exit the bus. The Scottish Tourist Board inspect travel related businesses for accessability and have produced a guide "Accessible Scotland". You can obtain a copy by contacting VisitScotland.Com.
Email: info@visitscotland.com

Both Historic Scotland and the National Trust for Scotland can advise on accessibility of visitor attractions.

You can also obtain travel advice and information in Scotland and the UK from the following organisations:

Tripscope

The Vassall Centre
Gill Avenue
Bristol BS16 2QQ
Tel: From within the UK: 08457 58 56 41 (Calls charged at local rate)
Textphone: 08457 58 56 41 (Calls charged at local rate)
From outside the UK: +44 117 939 7782
Fax: +44 0117 939 7736
Email: enquiries@tripscope.org.uk
Website: Tripscope.org.uk

Edinburgh

A second guide to access to public buildings, cinemas, theatres and public toilets in the Edinburgh and Lothian area, entitled 'Access in Lothian', together with a range of other information on facilities and resources for people with disabilities is available from:

Grapevine
Communications & Public Affairs
University of Edinburgh Centre
7 - 11 Nicolson Street
Edinburgh EH8 9BE
Tel: (University Switchboard): +44 0131 650 1000

Edinburgh Dial-a-ride and Handicabs:
Tel: +44 0131 447 9949

Additional resources:

RADAR is a major national cross-disability organisation run by and working for disabled people and they provide travel advice for people with disabilities..

Royal Association for Disability and Rehabilitation
12 City Forum
250 City Road
London EC1V 8AF
Tel: +44 0207 250 3222
Fax: +44 0 207 250 0212
E-mail: radar@radar.org.uk

First ScotRail Information for travellers with disabilities:
Website: First ScotRail - FirstGroup.com
Customers requiring help with their train journey should telephone:
0845 605 7021

 

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