Looking for a venue to host an event and accessibility and inclusivity is important to you?
Scotland and Edinburgh are committed to the provision of a high standard of accessible facilities for visitors and delegates to conferences. There is a range of information and tools available for conference organisers and delegates visiting Edinburgh as well as details to assist hotels and venues welcoming disabled guests.
Edinburgh Airport is committed to ensuring all passengers have the best experience possible and have been working in partnership with industry experts to help passengers who might need a little extra assistance.
Lothian Buses operate a frequent timetable in and around the city with a large fleet of modern vehicles which are all easy access. For more information, please visit the Lothian Buses website.
If you need extra help to make your journey, the SEStran Thistle Assistance Card is available to assist anyone who has difficulty using public transport because of age, disability or illness. To download the App please use the following links for both Apple and Android enabled devices: Apple App Store and Play Store.
Edinburgh’s modern new tram service launched in May 2014 and provides the quickest journey between Edinburgh Airport and the city centre, stopping at key transport links, conference & event venues, business districts and shopping areas.
They provide a smooth, fast service with easy access platforms and the low-floored trams are 100% wheelchair and mobility scooter accessible. For further useful information on the use of mobility scooters on trams, please visit the Edinburgh Trams website.
Edinburgh has two city centre train stations, located at the east and west end of Princes Street, and within walking distance of many of the city’s hotels and conference venues. Both stations provide disability assistance and step free access.
Edinburgh is home to a variety of accessible venues allowing ease of access for all, equipped with induction loops, wheelchair friendly access and trained staff who are sensitive and aware of different conditions (e.g. autism, unseen disabilities etc.). The EICC, for example, works with The National Autistic Society and is a holder of the Autism Friendly Award. For those travelling with young children and infants a number of venues such as the Royal College of Physicians are designed for meeting these particular needs with changing facilities, dedicated nursing space and can arrange childcare on site.
VisitScotland's Accessible Event guide provides events’ organisers with practical advice on how to integrate accessibility into the organisation and delivery of their events. For more information, see VisitScotland's Accessible Events’ guide here.
We all navigate the world in different ways. Euan’s Guide provides quality disabled access information to reduce unnecessary hassle, inspire confidence and remove fear of the unknown. For more information, visit the Euan's Guide website.
In Edinburgh, we believe everyone – no matter your age or ability – should be able to enjoy the city and engage with our history, heritage and culture. For more information, visit This is Edinburgh's website.