Facilities for people with disabilities are improving all the time in Scotland. Legislation requires that new public buildings are fully accessible to wheelchair-users; new public buses and black taxis are generally wheelchair-friendly; and many theatres and cinemas offer induction loops for the hard of hearing. One obstacle is that listed historic buildings are not allowed to widen entrances, build permanent ramps, or in many cases install elevators. A plus is that people with disabilities are often granted special discounts (“concessions”) at attractions and entertainment venues. Free information and advice for people with disabilities traveling throughout Britain are available from Tourism for All (www.tourismforall.org.uk; tel. 0845/124-9971).
For international travel, Accessible Journeys (www.disabilitytravel.com; tel. 800/846-4537 or 610/521-0339) caters specifically to slow walkers and wheelchair travelers and their families and friends. Flying Wheels Travel (tel. 877/451-5006) offers escorted tours and cruises that emphasize sports, and private tours in minivans with lifts.
The Moss Rehab Hospital (www.mossresourcenet.org; tel. 800/CALL-MOSS [225-5667]) provides a library of accessible-travel resources online. Flying with Disability (www.flying-with-disability.org) is a comprehensive information source on airplane travel, and the American Foundation for the Blind (AFB; www.afb.org; tel. 800/232-5463) provides information on traveling with Seeing Eye dogs.
Note: This information was accurate when it was published, but can change without notice. Please be sure to confirm all rates and details directly with the companies in question before planning your trip.