Accessible tourism in the Falkirk area

Falkirk has a unique mix of accessible things to see and do; from traditional and modern attractions, canals and cycling routes. Located in the very heart of Scotland, it is within easy reach of both Edinburgh and Glasgow airports, has excellent train connections and road networks.




Falkirk area has made great inroads to make their towns and attractions as accessible as possible to all.


Changing places toilet facilities have been installed at a number of locations with sites at the Mariner Centre, the Klondyke Garden Centre, the Helix Park/Kelpies and the Grangemouth sports complex along with more due to come online very soon – to check the location of Changing places toilets in the area please go to Changing places website


A number of attractions in our area are now using the Welcome App from Neatebox. The Howgate shopping centre was the first centre in Scotland to receive Autism Friendly status and music is turned down every Thursday to support elderly visitors, and venues such as the Hippodrome in Boness are running autism friendly showings. A number of business have gone through Dementia friendly training plus there is so much more happening you will be pleasantly suprised. We have been encouraging as many businesses in our area as possible to complete their Visit Scotland access guides which will give you all the information you need when planning your visit.


Together with Stirling, Clackmannanshire and Loch Lomond National Park, three film and downloadable itineraries have been developed under the campaign ‘Access Forth Valley’. These itineraries provide suggestions of what you can see and where you could stay when visiting the Forth Valley area – Feel free to pick and choose and tailor your own itinerary to suit your own family.


You will also find some tips from Dylan, a former pupil from Falkirk High School who has worked on this project with us and as a wheelchair user has given us his own insights to what a visitor with mobility issues may face.


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Accessible accommodation

We have a great variety of accessible places to stay, with something to suit every taste and pocket. Discover our wide range of accommodation here.


Accessible restaurants and cafes

You can find here some suggestions of places to eat in the Falkirk area.


Accessible transport

Falkirk sits at the very heart of Scotland and has great road, rail and bus links from across the country. There are also a number of Accessible Taxis, accessible Canal barges and we have a developing network of Electric Bikes 'Forth Bike' which you can hire to get between some of our attactions. A trishaw tour from pioneering Falkirk-based charity, Cycling Without Age Scotland, is a great way to explore the Falkirk area. Check this link to find out how to get to our area.


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Cycle Without Age Scotland - Trishaw tour


Looking for more inspiration?

Check the following blogs including ideas to help you plan your holidays in the Falkirk area:


Simply Emma Kelpies Wheelchair Accessible

Simply Emma at The Kelpies


Apps & guides


      Euan's Guide                                                                                                                   

Check Euan’s Guide, a disabled access review site where disabled people, their family, friends and carers can find and share reviews on the accessibility of venues around the UK and beyond.

         Welcome app                                                    

Discover ‘Welcome’. A free app that allows you to request visits to venues, indicate the areas you want venue teams to have awareness of, and any specific assistance you requested, and carers can find and share reviews on the accessibility of venues around the UK and beyond.


You can find the following attraction in this app: Falkirk Wheel, FTH Theatre, Callendar House, Hippodrome Cinema and  Kinneil Museum.


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