This review is especially helpful for those who have or use the following: Wheelchair
It had been many years since we had visited Stirling Castle and, then I was able to walk. This time around, I was in a wheelchair, with my wife in charge.
Transport & Parking
On arriving the person at the car park kiosk pointed out where the disabled bays were, with blue badge holders being exempt from the parking charge.
Once inside and queuing to pay our entry fee, we found that my wife did not need to pay, as she was my ‘carer’. We found the majority of the different sections of the castle have been made easy for a wheelchair user to access. There is also super lift access in place within the Stirling Heads Gallery. The painted ceilings that we came across were superb. Indeed we found all the displays interesting with good information at each of them. Display cabinets were at a good height with ample room to get round them. Signage was also clear. Whist we were given a very useful map showing the layout of the castle. It would be useful if it had a bit more information on it for disabled visitors, regarding room access (or not) etc., although it did show where the disable toilets were located. Either that or a separate information sheet perhaps?
As it is quite steep to get to the top of the castle, a WAV was summoned to give us a lift up to the top areas. The person doing this was friendly and jovial about a few hiccups we had getting the restraint to work. He also gave us practical advice about access into and within the buildings.
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Obviously there are limitations to what can be done access wise in such a historical building but I would like to conclude in saying that Stirling Castle appears to have done its utmost to accommodate disabled visitors. Whilst I have concentrated on this review of the castle from a disabled person’s point of view, I have to add that the all round views from the castle are fantastic, no matter what side you are on.