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Planning an accessible adventure, that’s fun for the whole family? We’ve put together a list of the top three places to visit in Scotland, this spring.
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Great Days out to Enjoy This Spring

Great Days out to Enjoy This Spring

Planning an accessible adventure, that’s fun for the whole family? We’ve put together a list of the top three places to visit in Scotland, this spring. 

Each destination has measures in place to cater to individuals with additional needs. These should ensure everyone has a wonderful experience. 

Check out our top picks below. 

Islands Coast Scenic Drive 

Scotland's northwest Highlands are an untamed area of natural beauty. With breathtaking mountains and lochs, the Isle of Skye and its neighbouring mainland offer an idyllic setting for your next road trip. 

You can begin your adventure at Armadale ferry port, which is accessible by a half-hour boat trip from Mallaig. Here you can explore the ruins of a 19th-century manor house, Armadale Castle. This is fully accessible and has scooters available to borrow if required. 

From Armadale, travel north in the direction of Harrapool, and then take a southern loop to reach the fishing village of Elgol. Along the way, you will experience stunning panoramic views of Loch Scavaig. 

After visiting Elgol, retrace your route to Harrapool and take the A87 over the Skye Bridge to the mainland for sensational views of the Kyle of Lochalsh 

Nearby you’ll find the village of Plockton. Here you can take a leisurely stroll along the shore of Loch Carron, or simply watch the sailing boats gently drifting in the water. There is disabled parking and toilets by the harbour, along with a choice of great pubs and restaurants to visit. 

Scottish Seabird Centre, East Lothian 

Situated along the North Berwick coastline, the Scottish Seabird Centre offers stunning views overlooking the Firth of Forth and the North Sea. As you gaze, you’ll spot Bass Rock which sits two and a half miles out to sea. This is a steep-sided extinct volcanic plug that up to 150,000 gannets call home during peak season! 

The visitor centre is situated at the end of the town’s old harbour wall. On the ground floor, you’ll be greeted by a cafe and gift shop. Head downstairs for the main event, where you’ll find interactive exhibits and games, wildlife trails, and virtual reality experiences that teach visitors about Scotland’s astonishing marine environment. All Discovery Experiences are set at a height which can be enjoyed by wheelchair users.  

You can find five Blue Badge parking spots outside, but they can fill up quickly during peak times. However, the helpful staff can provide advice on the best times to visit if you contact them. 

Address: The Harbour, North Berwick, EH39 4SS 

Website: https://www.seabird.org/  

V&A Dundee 

Dundee is currently undergoing a £1 billion redevelopment project to revamp five miles of its waterfront area. At the heart of this is the brilliant V&A museum that opened in 2018, located on the banks of the River Tay. 

Scotland's spectacular design museum was designed by Japanese architect Kengo Kuma. The structure takes inspiration from the rugged cliffs that line the country’s eastern coastline. The museum's walls are curved and covered in coarse stone, mimicking the appearance of a steep cliff face. 

Inside the museum, visitors can explore the Scottish Design Galleries, which showcase the history of Scottish design. This covers fashion, furniture, architecture, and healthcare. There are also workshops, tours, and talks available to enhance your experience. 

You’ll also find a learning centre, auditorium, cafe, gift shop, and an outdoor terrace that’s perfect for soaking up views of the River Tay. 

The museum offers lift access to all exhibits and interactive displays. There is also a quiet room available for visitors who need a break, and spacious accessible toilets. There are six accessible parking bays in the public car park opposite the museum. 

The V&A museum is committed to providing an inclusive experience for all visitors. Their helpful team are available to assist with accessibility concerns. For more information, simply email [email protected].

Address: 1 Riverside Esplanade, Dundee, DD1 4EZ 

Website: www.vam.ac.uk/dundee 

So, there you have it! Three of our top accessible spots to visit this spring.  

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