The weather is still cold and wintery here in Scotland, however, February is teasing us with snippets of spring. Crocuses are sprouting up around our local parks and the longer days giving us more sunlight. Now that the February break has been and gone, it really isn’t that long until the Easter holidays. Many of us will also be looking forward to the 12th of March, Disabled Access Day. In honour of this event, and the forthcoming holidays season, we thought it would be ideal to use this month’s blog to highlight accessible holidays within the UK and abroad.
We have put together a variety of accessible holiday options. This is just a selection and if you want any more information, call our helpline on 0300 323 9961. Alternatively you can check out our Scottish Disability Directory at: www.disabilityscot.org.uk/directory/
Scotland & the United Kingdom
For holiday makers who take pleasure in the beautiful British countryside, or bustling cities of Scotland, England or Wales, here are a range of options from accessible hotels and guesthouses, to equipped caravans, motorhomes and, for the more adventurous, boating trips.
Open Britain provides you with information on accessible destinations and places to stay within Britain. You can search for hotels, self-catering, restaurants, shops, camping and caravanning, and local attractions using an online search tool where you can browse using the National Accessible Scheme criteria or self-assessment tick boxes.
Caravanable is a website containing details of accessible caravan and camping sites within the UK. The sites listed have the minimum requirements for disabled people. The website compiler has not inspected all the sites personally but many have been recommended by other campers and caravanners.
Heads Together is a Registered Brain Injury Charity that offers an Accessible Caravan Holiday in Berwick-upon-Tweed. The caravan is available to disabled people across the UK at an affordable price. It is fully fitted with wheelchair ramp access and wide doors. A Mobility Scooter is on site for people to use.
Bruce Trust provide self-catering canal holidays for disabled, disadvantaged or elderly people on the Kennet and Avon Canal. The Trust caters for a wide variety of special needs, as well as people with a physical impairment or mental health condition. They provide a choice of specially designed purpose built wide beam canal boats so you can enjoy a relaxed cruise on the Kennet and Avon Canal.
For those of you more inclined for the warmer weather and enjoy heading further afield, here are a selection of tour operators who can arrange holidays for disabled travellers abroad, as well as those arranging more bespoke vacations.
Access Travel is a tour operator specialising in overseas holidays for people with a disability and their families. They offer wheelchair accessible accommodation and, at some resorts, special aids, nursing services and car hire. Certain resorts also have adapted vehicles which can accommodate wheelchairs, via a hoist or ramp to assist loading. Destinations include, Sicily, Lanzarote, Tenerife, Gran Canaria, Fuerteventura, Majorca, Spain, Algarve, Crete, Cyprus, Florida and France.
Accessatlast Limited provide a worldwide travel service for anyone requiring accessible information for any purpose, whether it be business or pleasure. There is also an online shop selling travel accessories and equipment.
AccessablEurope provide accessible tourist services to disabled travellers in Europe and Asia. Their website offers all kinds of tourist services for people with mobility difficulties: accessible accommodation, transport, plus assistance at departure and arrival, accessible sightseeing and excursions, and rental of equipment for clients. In addition, they offer information on accessible cruises within Europe.
Traveleyes specialise in opening access to independent world travel for blind and partially sighted people. Traveleyes are a blind-founded, blind-led international company offering a broad range of unique multi-sensory holiday vacations to suit all tastes. Holiday destinations cover Europe, Africa, Asia and the Americas.
If you are planning a holiday this year and would like further information on Accessible Holidays then please call our helpline on 0300 323 9961. One of our information workers will be happy to help in your search for the ideal holiday for you. You can check out our Scottish Disability Directory which lists a variety of Accessible Holidays within the UK and abroad www.disabilityscot.org.uk/directory.
In addition, if you require any information on other aspects of your holiday, from excursions and attractions to insurance, transport or financial help towards your trip then you can check out our website or call our helpline.