This section is currently being researched and written by a local lassie who happens to have MS and who also happens to get oot and aboot, if you’ll excuse my shocking attempt at typing wi’ a accent! Oo, och aye th’ noo…*

Edinburgh Castle Panorama

For now, access info on the city’s main attraction – and it is indeed a beauty – Edinburgh Castle…

Edinburgh CastleThere is good access around a number of major sights within the actual castle including: Mons Meg, the Great Hall, St Margaret’s Chapel viewpoint, the National War Museum of Scotland, the Scots Dragoon Guards Museum, Crown Square, the Crown Room, Scottish National War Memorial, restaurant and shop.

Due to width restrictions, some areas are unsuitable for wheelchair access. These are: the military prisons, St Margaret’s Chapel, Queen Mary’s Room, King’s Dining Room and Crown Jewels exhibition although most of these are accessible for more mobile visitors.

From Crown Square visitors with disabilities can gain access to the Crown Jewels. There is a ramp over the four steps into the Great Hall and at St Margaret’s Chapel.

There are a limited number of wheelchairs available from the castle but steep, cobbled roadways make pushing hard work. Disabled visitors are required to book a parking space in advance of their visit during the temporary disruption caused by the erection of the Tattoo stands in August.

There are accessible bathrooms.

Carers accompanying a person with a disability get free admission.

*PS – most folk on the Edinburgh side of Scotland have a gentle accent – Sean Connery was born in Edinburgh for example… the broader accent lives on the Glasgow side, where Billy Connolly was born. If there were such a thing as an Edinburgh Kiss it would be akin to a French kiss of the hand.  A “Glasgow Kiss” is a head-butt.