A memorable holiday in the Scottish Highlands is for everyone, and in this day and age, you will find a veritable plethora of accommodation which is wheelchair friendly or has disabled access. Imagine spending time away from the noise and lights of the city or the lowlands, going to sleep in view of the stars, unobstructed by city lights, and waking up to birdsong, the rush of river water, or the splashing of fish in the loch. Many accommodations here in the Scottish Highlands are happy to cater for those with wheelchairs or needing some form of disabled access. VisitScotland distinguishes between three categories of wheelchair accessible accommodation, which is useful to know when planning your next trip to the Highlands. There are those accommodations which have unassisted wheelchair access, those with assisted wheelchair access, and those with access for visitors with mobility difficulties.
Self-catering accommodations or partially-serviced accommodations such as holiday cottages and chalets are an excellent choice when deciding where to stay for your Scottish Highland holiday. Many of these are now purpose built with all the necessities for those travelling with disabilities. Depending upon the accommodation you choose, you can find such things as ramps, electrically-adjustable beds, tracking hoists, and bathroom adaptations like wetfloor showers, handrails, and extended sinks for extra knee space. Kitchens will have lower countertops and easily accessible hobs, ovens, and sinks. Décor will not be compromised in these specially-adapted accommodations, and you can expect comfort and style wherever you stay. Look for included amenities such as televisions, DVD players, CD players, and computers and/or Internet access. Be sure to check with the owners or hosts to find out what disability category their property is suitable for.
Of course, the Highlands of Scotland are also home to many hotels, guesthouses, and bed and breakfasts which are wheelchair friendly. Again, it is always advisable to speak with the accommodation directly to determine what adaptations have been made and whether they suit your requirements. Many hotels will provide a ground floor en suite room with parking directly outside and modified bathroom and shower. Guesthouses and bed and breakfasts are perfect for those seeking a quieter, more personal accommodation experience. Your hosts will only be serving a handful of guests at a time, so you can be assured they will be available to meet your needs.
The Scottish Highlands are a perfect place to “get away from it all,” with breath-taking scenery and a tranquility unsurpassed. When you are choosing your wheelchair-friendly or disability-friendly accommodation, don’t forget to notice location and nearby activities. The Highlands will offer you incredible views of wildlife—red squirrels, pine martens, roe deer, red deer, majestic birds of prey, foxes and hares, and along the coast, seals, dolphins and whales. What better way to refresh and recharge than to immerse yourself in the natural flora and fauna of the beautiful Scottish Highlands. Whether you are looking for an active holiday and a stay in the Cairngorms, a restful holiday beside a peaceful loch, or a social holiday in the midst of a Highland village or town, there is sure to be the ideal wheelchair friendly accommodation for you. Be confident in asking owners what they have to offer, and then book your Scottish Highland holiday today with a wheelchair-friendly accommodation.
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