10 February 2020
Culloden Battlefield has been named Northern Scotland's Venue of the Year by disabled access charity Euan’s Guide for their 'outstanding welcome' for disabled visitors.
The historic site incorporates the battlefield of the Battle of Culloden of 1745 (for more on the battle see here) and a visitor centre that explains the significance of the battle.
The site is described by Euan's Guide as 'surprisingly accessible with step free access, audio guides, and pen pals for those with visual impairments'. The guide goes on to explain that the National Trust for Scotland (who care for the site) has taken great care to ensure this experience is interesting and accessible for all. Voters highlighted Culloden’s knowledgeable staff who help bring history to life.
Disabled people nominated hundreds of venues for the awards. Eight regional winners were selected who each provide an outstanding welcome for disabled visitors. Euan MacDonald, Co-Founder of Euan’s Guide said: “Culloden Battlefield and Visitor Centre makes it possible to learn about Scotland’s history by removing the barriers of physical access and cost. The attraction offers step free access with plenty to see and do even for those who choose not to participate in the paid element of the experience. This sets a great example for other businesses to learn from and for that, it should be rewarded.”
Commenting on the award win, Raoul Curtis-Machin, Operations Manager at Culloden Battlefield and Visitor Centre, said: “This is fantastic news - at the Trust, we want everyone to experience and value Scotland’s heritage, and we will be researching ways to improve our accessibility at Culloden even more this year. We will celebrate this award with pride.”
Euan's Guide is the disabled access review website where disabled people, their family, friends and carers can find and share reviews on the accessibility of venues around the UK and beyond. Having access to good quality disabled access information inspires confidence and removes the fear of the unknown. It breaks down the barriers of exclusion and makes it easier for disabled people to find great places to go.
The charity was founded in 2013 by Euan MacDonald MBE, a powerchair user and his sister Kiki after Euan was diagnosed with Motor Neurone Disease and a lack of disabled access made everyday experiences stressful. The website now holds thousands of reviews and is an invaluable tool for many disabled people.
For more to see and do around the country, get the March/April issue of History Scotland.
- A study of Pabay – Skye’s Jurassic island
- The start of a major two-part series on Scotland and the Thirty Years’ War
- Exploring the record of Patrick Sellar, successful farmer and notorious agent of the Sutherland Clearances
- Isobel Watson: fairies & witchcraft in 16th-century Scotland
(Images copyright Antonia Lee-Bapty)