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Disabled Holidays in Scotland

Castles, The Highland, The Home of The British Open, yes we’re in Scotland! Scotland is a most popular holiday destination with visitors from all corners of the globe.  Located in the north of the British Isles, it enjoys a mixed climate and is home to some of the most historic buildings in Europe.  If you’re looking for somewhere for your disabled holiday this year, then look no further than Scotland.  It has everything you could possibly want, and with so much going on, a week will probably not be long enough.  You may only know Scotland for the traditional side of things such as tartan, haggis and castles but there is much more to this beautiful country.  Its vibrant culture and truly breath taking scenery will keep you busy if nothing else. If you are planning your disabled friendly holidays in Scotland, it is home to not one but two national parks, which are full of wildlife habitat, dense forests and magical woodlands on one of over 50 wheelchair friendly routes that are dotted around.  If you are keen in seeing as much landscape as possible on your holidays, there is tramper hire available in many locations for the rambler in you. Scotland is also home to 1000’s of miles of coastline; take your time to explore the geological treasures and beautiful unspoilt beaches many of which have sand chairs available to rent.

Aberdeen has the best of both worlds giving its visitors both rural destinations such as stunning coastline and magnificent countryside offering up some of the best scenery you will find in Scotland.  If you are after a buzzing atmosphere for your disabled holidays in Scotland, you will find it in the city. It is home to ancient castles and striking architecture, discover a wide range of spectacular Victorian heritage and granite buildings most of which have been kept in all their original glory.  Aberdeenshire is the perfect place to go as it has so many accessible activities and attractions to fill your days with something to entertain every member of the family! Enjoy a spot of shopping or take a trip to the many museums, galleries and theatres and try out one of the many wheelchair friendly restaurants, bars and pubs.

Disabled holidays in Scotland can also mean a number of large yearly events that prove popular with a number of its tourists. The Edinburgh Festival is held throughout the month of August.  It is the world’s largest arts festival with over 50,000 performances and 3000 shows in over 300 venues all over the city.  It is safe to say there will be something for every one, making it the perfect family day out. And not forgetting the huge Hogmanay celebrations that are held all around Scotland, New Years Eve in Scotland is definitely one you will not forget.  Scotland is quickly growing to be one of the best sporting venues in Europe; Glasgow is hosting one of the largest sporting events in 2014, the Commonwealth Games.  It is already the home of golf and the impressive Murrayfield. Always fancied trying a round of golf? There are over 400 hundred golf courses in Scotland that offer disabled friendly golf sessions and adapted golf buggy hire. 

If you’re looking for somewhere that gives you a buzzing atmosphere with vibrant cultural activities, stunning scenery and the best tasting food then a disabled holidays in Scotland may be just the thing for you.  With hundreds of exciting venues specializing in live music, film and theatre you will have plenty to fill your day with as well as your evenings.  Why not indulge in a tasty meal before the show, Scotland has some of the finest cuisine in the British Isles.  There are wheelchair friendly restaurants and eateries to suit every occasion, palette and budget.  Using the finest local produce and offering up local delicacies, such as scallops, salmon, oysters beef and game you will find award winning restaurants with some outstanding menus.  If you can’t indulge on your disabled holiday in Scotland then when can you, take a break from all the sightseeing with a nice cuppa and a slice of cake at some of the cafĂ©’s and tearooms around, nothing beats a spot of home baking.  Scotland is also well known for some of the best fish and chip shops you must make sure you try one of them before you leave.  There are also plenty of international influences available for you to try, after all Glasgow is the curry capital of Britain!  Whether you’re after a quick snack or a sit down feast you will find so many accessible places to dine in Scotland.

Planning your days out for your disabled holiday in Scotland isn’t essential but can be a good idea to make sure you fit in as much as you can.  There are so many amazing places and accessible attractions to visit.  If you fancy learning about some of the Scottish history visit the iconic Balmoral Castle or enjoy a family day out at Edinburgh Castle.  Enjoy a spot of island hopping from Orkney and the Outer Hebrides allowing you to take in some of the best views whilst being on the look out for some of the rarest wildlife.   Escape from modern life and take a step back to simpler times.  Take a ride by ferry and discover fresh water lochs, well kept secluded beaches and enjoy some of freshest air in Europe.  Whilst you’re in exploring mode study Iron Age artifacts and discover many other Scottish Isles.

Scotland also play host to a number of traditional Highland Games throughout the summer months.  With a mixture of culture, entertainment and pure athleticism they are not to be missed.   If you’re looking for the perfect adult day out why not try a tour around a local whiskey distillery – sample some of the finest malts and traditional whiskies.

There is so much to try and cram in when you’re planning your disabled holidays in Scotland, and you are guaranteed to find something that floats your boat. 

Wheelchair Friendly Accommodation in Scotland

There is so much on offer when it comes to wheelchair friendly accommodation in Scotland.  You will be spoilt for choice from boutique hotels and modern guesthouses to rustic farm cottage, lodges and chalets.  Holidays are the perfect time to try something different, if you’re after an adventure why not try a farm holiday in Scotland or even a yurt overlooking Ben Nevis!   Scotland is a great place to experience a farm holiday.  Stay in either a self-catering converted farm building or a warm and traditional farm bed and breakfast.  There is nothing more relaxing than waking up to the gentle mooing of cows before enjoying a good old fashioned cooked breakfast made with local produce. What ever your preference is you will be guaranteed to find a friendly and welcoming place to stay.  For more information and a range of great wheelchair friendly accommodation in Scotland check out the DHG directory.

Whether you’re a city lover or a fan of the great outdoors you will come across some pretty impressive accessible accommodation in Scotland to suit all its visitors. Stroll around the winding streets of Edinburgh and stop off at one of its many public houses offering a room for the night or if holidays for you are all about relaxation, treat yourself to a stay in an award winning spa hotel.  There are plenty of specially adapted rooms that provide spacious and comfortable living spaces.  Many of the hosts also offer a range of mobility equipment to make your stay easier. It is worth checking before you travel what is available to you, most places are very accommodating to your individual needs.  Fancy a day trip around this beautiful country?  Guided tours can be arranged whilst on your disabled holiday in Scotland, which collect you from your accommodation and take you around places such as Edinburgh and the Scottish Borders.

Dumfries and Galloway has an inspiring landscape of both forests and beaches, streams and rivers.  It is full of lush green scenery and rare wildlife.  This area is extremely inviting and a place of adventure. For the adrenaline junkie in you, discover a wide range of wheelchair friendly outdoor activities.  For more spectacular views make the journey to the Solway Coastline. With over 200 miles of stunning coastline and heritage trails it really is a must see.  If the great outdoors is not your thing Dumfries and Galloway is also very cultural with a large arts scene and some beautiful wheelchair friendly hotels with coastal views.

Mobility Hire in Scotland

Finding mobility hire in Scotland will not be a problem. You will discover a large range of suppliers and charities that offer equipment hire making your disabled holiday in Scotland stress free. From daily living aides to powerchairs and electric scooters it is all available for long or short term rental.  Many of the suppliers are award winning and aim to give you a high standard of service, making you feel more than comfortable.  If you need your equipment to be delivered direct to your hotel that is also possible.  No matter what your requirements, big or small, Scotland has it covered.  If you also require holiday care whilst on your disabled holidays in Scotland this is also easy to arrange.  You will find wide range of care that can be provided whatever your needs. 

It is safe to say your disabled holiday in Scotland will not disappoint. Enjoy jam packed days and relaxed evenings. Indulge yourself in the finest regional specialties and dabble in traditional cuisines.  Recharge those batteries and unwind in this place of pure natural beauty.