Great inspiration for accessible days out may begin with the Rough Guide to Accessible Britain, but it certainly doesn’t end there. We’ve scoured the country to find even more people and organisations to share great ideas and advice to make getting out and about easier to plan and enjoy. From tourism professionals, to disability experts, and even Rough Guide to Accessible Britain fans who simply have fun experiences to share, the Days Out Blog is regularly updated and includes news and updates that we hope you’ll find inspiring, entertaining and useful. We hope that the Days Out Blog encourages more people get out and about and enjoy the many fantastic, accessible attractions throughout the UK.
Located at the very top of Edinburgh’s Royal Mile is Castlehill. The Royal Mile is exactly one mile in length running from Edinburgh Castle sitting majestically on volcanic rock at the top to The Queen’s official residence in Scotland, The Palace of Holyrood House at the foot.
Castlehill is home to a number of interesting and varied businesses, from tourist attractions; Camera Obscura and World of Illusions and the 5 star, Scotch Whisky Experience, to The Witchery by the Castle rooms and restaurant. The Castle esplanade is a great place to see the city from above, with views to the south sweeping across the impressive George Heriots School to the Pentland Hills in the distance. To the north, lies Princes Street Gardens, Edinburgh’s New Town and the Forth road and rail bridges which can be easily seen on clear days.
A day out in Edinburgh, and indeed Castlehill, would not be complete without a visit to The Scotch Whisky Experience to taste and learn about Scotland’s national drink, Scotch Whisky. Housed in the former Castlehill Primary school, this listed building offers full accessibility for those with limited mobility. Home to a whisky tour, shop, restaurant and bars, the experience has many different options under one roof. The whisky tour is fully accessible for wheelchair users and includes a whisky barrel car ride through an interactive whisky distillery. The tour also offers a sensory and tasting experience with aromas highlighting the character of regional Scotch whiskies. Concluding in The World’s Largest Collection of Scotch Whisky, visitors learn about the 5 steps to appreciating Scotch whisky and are able to sample their chosen dram!
All in all, a great day out offering many different tasting, sensory and dining experiences under one roof.
The Scotch Whisky Experience access statement can be found here.
Gillian is the Business Development Marketing Manager at The Scotch Whisky Experience. She looks after the accessibility and marketing at the attraction.
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