Edinburgh wheelchair access tourism

Edinburgh is the capital city of Scotland and the seat of the Scottish Government, the Scottish Parliament and the supreme courts of Scotland. The city has long been a centre of education, particularly in the fields of medicine, Scots law, literature, philosophy, the sciences and engineering. It is the second largest financial centre in the United Kingdom (after London) and the city’s historical and cultural attractions have made it the United Kingdom’s second most popular tourist destination (again, after London), attracting over one million overseas visitors every year. Edinburgh wheelchair access is fairly good, especially considering the cobblestone streets, the hills and the number of old historic buildings.

Edinburgh castle

Edinburgh castle

The National Museum of Scotland is a highlight of any visit to Edinburgh. There is wheelchair access and the cafe on the roof provides great views of the city.

Edinburgh Castle is another ‘must see’ location. The Castle has made a real effort to make access for all an important feature throughout the Castle available to all. The steep slopes and cobbles can be a challenge for wheelchair users, but there is a mobility vehicle available that will take you to the top of the main area if needed. Accessible toilets are available at various points throughout the castle. One is located at the main entrance and another is in the Education block just off the castle square, and others are available as well.

Attractions and Opportunities

Arthur’s Seat 

Edinburgh Castle

Edinburgh Old Town and Royal Mile 

National Library of Scotland

National Museum of Scotland

Princess Street Gardens

Royal Botanic Gardens

Scottish National Gallery

The New Town

Thistle Chapel 

University of Edinburgh 

Writers Museum



Edinburgh wheelchair access buses can be found across their 70 services. They provide:

– Low entrances that can “kneel” to kerb height to give step-free or shallower access where possible
– Retractable boarding ramp for wheelchair access
– Completely flat areas on the lower deck (no internal steps to worry about)
– High visibility handrails
– A dedicated wheelchair space
– More than 50% of journeys are now on buses with a specific buggy space


The entire fleets of Edinburgh’s two main black cab firms are wheelchair access with over 900 taxis between them. Taxis can enter most places in Edinburgh, including the Castle Esplanade (though for events such as the Royal Edinburgh Tattoo it’s important you let the relevant event team know beforehand, contact details for whom can be found on event websites). For more information and advice, contact City Cabs (+44 (0)131 228 1211) or Central Taxis (+44 (0)131 229 2468).

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