In The Frame : Descriptive gallery events organised by Artlink:

Artlink works to open up the arts in Edinburgh for people with sight loss, people with hearing loss, people who are Deafblind and sign language users. See below for information on gallery tours - all free.

For more information on Artlink's accessible projects and events across Edinburgh, visit

Welcome to the Library: National Library of Scotland

Drop in for tea, coffee and biscuits and learn more about the Library, our collections, exhibitions and accessible events programme.
11:00 am - 12:00 pm Free, no need to book.
Library staff will answer questions and welcome feedback on how we can improve access.

Learn about our exhibition, 'Plague!', which tells the story of how Scotland coped with outbreaks of infectious diseases over the past 600 years.

The library offers regular descriptive tours and handling opportunities for visitors with sight loss. A portable loop system will be available during this event and library staff are trained in verbal description.

National Museum of Scotland: Tours for Visually Impaired Visitors

Tours at 11am and 2pm:
New for Disabled Access Day, developed for visitors with visual impairment, take an introductory tour around two of the Scottish galleries in the National Museum of Scotland, with an opportunity to touch objects from our handling collection.
Places are limited to six people.

How to book:
Phone: 0300 123 6789

The Queen's Gallery, Palace of Holyroodhouse.

How to find it:

The Gallery is at the foot of the Royal Mile, to the south of the Palace gates and directly facing the Scottish Parliament.
Buses: Numbers 35 and 36, and open-top buses.
Nearest railway station: Edinburgh Waverley.
There is free coach parking beside the Palace, and metered car parking just inside the Queen's Park.

Tickets purchased at the Queen's Gallery can be converted into a One-Year Pass, giving 12 months free admission to the Gallery. To reserve your place for all Queen's Gallery events, please e-mail the Learning Bookings team or call 0131 557 2500.

National Galleries of Scotland.

The National Galleries comprise five galleries: The Royal Scottish Academy (RSA) in the midle of Princes Street; the Scottish National Gallery immediately behind the RSA, with an entrance also from East Princes Street Gardens; the Scottish National Portrait Gallery, on Queen Street; the Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art in two buildings: Modern One (MOD ONE) on the west side of Belford Road, and facing it on the east side of Belford Road, Modern Two (MOD TWO), the former Dean Gallery.

Tours and Workshops for Visually Impaired People.

The National Galleries offer an extensive programme for visually impaired gallery visitors. The regular programme includes touch tours, verbal description and practical workshops. They have recently started to offer verbal description prior to monthly public drawing classes.

For more information please contact Meg Faragher: 0131 624 6428

2016 Visual Impairment Programme: September 2016 – September 2017.

Booking essential.
Booking: If you are interested in attending any of these events, bookings can be made in person at the Information Desk in the Weston Link / Garden level of the National Gallery Complex, or by ringing 0131 624 6560.
If you prefer to book by email, please contact

Please let us know in advance if you have any additional support needs, have allergies, are hard of hearing or have a mobility impairment, so that we can arrange to help you.

For participants taking part in sessions at the Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art, we are pleased to arrange a free taxi leaving from the Scottish National Gallery on the Mound. If you would like to use this service please let us know when you book.

If you would like more information about the programme please contact or call 0131 624 6428.

Tours and Workshops:

The following tours and workshops consist of a 90 minute tour in the morning, followed by a lunch break, and a two and a half hour practical workshop in the afternoon. Guides, chairs and refreshments will be provided. Please bring a packed lunch.

BP Portrait Award:: Scottish National Portrait Gallery

The BP Portrait Award showcases the very best in contemporary portrait painting from around the world. For 35 years, of which the last 27 have been sponsored by BP, the exhibition has presented outstanding and innovative new work in a variety of styles and approaches, and it continues to be a highlight of the annual art calendar at all its venues.

Tour: Wednesday 15 February 2017: 10am - 3.30pm
(meet and collect at Portrait Gallery Main Entrance).
To book or join the mailing list contact or phone 0131 624 6560.

Joan Eardley: A sense of Place: Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art – MOD TWO

Joan Eardley’s career lasted barely fifteen years: she died in 1963, aged just forty-two. During that time she concentrated on two very different themes: the extraordinarily candid paintings of children in the Townhead area of Glasgow; and paintings of the fishing village of Catterline, just south of Aberdeen, with its leaden skies and wild sea. These two contrasting strands are the focus of this exhibition, which looks in detail at her working process.

Tour: Wednesday 15 March 2017: 10.15am – 3.30pm;
(Meet and collect at MOD 2 Back Door).
To book or join the mailing list contact or phone 0131 624 6560.

The Modern Portrait: Scottish National Portrait Gallery

This new display collates some of the highlights from Portrait Gallery's outstanding twentieth-century collection. This rich survey of paintings, sculpture and works in other media from 1918 onwards features figures from science, politics, the arts, business and sport - it is a cross section of well kent faces from Ramsay Macdonald, Alan Cumming and Tilda Swinton to Anne Redpath, Danny McGrain and JM Barrie.

Tour: Wednesday 19 April 2017: 10.15am - 3.30pm;
(meet and collect at Portrait Gallery Main Entrance).
To book or join the mailing list contact or phone 0131 624 6560.

Constable & McTaggart: Tour at Scottish National Gallery, followed by workshop at Portrait Gallery (transport will be provided).

One of the greatest masterpieces of British art, Constable’s Salisbury Cathedral from the Meadows, has been secured for the British public as part of a ground-breaking new partnership between five major galleries. The large-scale ‘six-footer’ painting will be displayed alongside other work by Constable and The Storm by William McTaggart. The purpose of this pairing will be to explore Constable's influence on the artistic practice of McTaggart, the so-called ‘Father of Scottish Painting’.

Tour: Wednesday 17 May 2017: 10.15am-3.30pm;
(Meet at RSA back door, collect at Portrait Gallery Main Entrance).
To book or join the mailing list contact or phone 0131 624 6560.

ARTIST ROOMS Ed Ruscha: Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art – MOD ONE

Ed Ruscha is widely regarded as one of the most significant artists working today. This display will explore the artist's fascination with West Coast American culture. Including photographic series, paintings and drawings, this display will highlight the ways in which Ruscha has consistently drawn upon urban landscape and architecture, cinema, brands, automobile-culture and language that refer and relate to Los Angeles and Hollywood to create works that engage with the aspirations and seduction of the American Dream.

Tour: Wednesday 21 June 2017: 10.15am – 3.30pm;
(Meet at MOD ONE main entrance and collect at MOD TWO back door).
To book or join the mailing list contact or phone 0131 624 6560.

Beyond Caravaggio: Tour at Scottish National Gallery, followed by workshop at Portrait Gallery (transport will be provided).

Caravaggio was a radical and revolutionary artist whose work had a transformative impact on art both during and after his premature death. Brilliant, challenging and violent, our image of his work is inseparable from his tumultuous personal life.

This is the first exhibition of works by Caravaggio and his followers ever to be shown in Scotland. The artist’s dramatic lighting and compositions, and his radically new approach to subject matter exerted a huge influence on European art.

Tour: Wednesday 19 July 2017: 10.15am – 3.30pm;
(Meet at RSA back door, collect at Portrait Gallery Main Entrance).
To book or join the mailing list contact or phone 0131 624 6560.

True to Life | British Realist Painting in the 1920s and 30s: Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art – MOD TWO.

The first ever survey of this fascinating subject, the exhibition will show the breadth and depth of the art of the period, bringing together paintings by a generation of hugely talented artists whom art history has tended to sideline, as the figurative tradition they represent has been overshadowed by the more dominant abstraction of Modernism. In the last decade artists such as Gerald Leslie Brockhurst, Meredith Frampton, Harold Harvey, Bernard Fleetwood Walker and Dod Procter have re-emerged from the shadows, and their extraordinary work is ripe for rediscovery.

Tour: Wednesday 20 September 2017: 10.15am – 3.30pm;
(Meet and collect at MOD TWO back door).
To book or join the mailing list contact or phone 0131 624 6560.

Special Events

Disabled Access Day: Art Walking Tour

Dovecot: Saturday 11 March 2017: 10am-1.30pm

For Disabled Access Day, Juliana Capes will lead a descriptive art tour starting in the morning at 10am at Dovecot, then walking to Talbot Rice Gallery for 10.45am, Stills Gallery for 11.45am and then onto lunch at 12.30pm at The Fruitmarket Gallery. The galleries are all located within an easy half mile walk of each other within Edinburgh's historic Old Town. The day will introduce participants to each venue, their exhibition spaces and programmes and introduce their current exhibition.

Meet at Dovecot. To book a Walking Tour space please call 0131 550 3660.

Disabled Access Day – Find out more!

Disabled Access Day 1.30-4.30pm: Scottish National Portrait Gallery

Disabled Access Day activities will continue with an afternoon session at the Scottish National Portrait Gallery. Drop in, learn more about the kinds of activities we offer for visually impaired visitors and meet some of the artists who work on the programme. There will be two introductory descriptive tours led by Juliana Capes exploring the magnificent Great Hall at 1.30pm and 3pm. This drop-in session is open to anyone who wants to find out more about our programmes for disabled audiences, including visually impaired and hearing impaired audiences, those living with dementia and sessions for community groups and care homes.

Meet and collect at the Farmer Education Suite near Portrait Gallery main entrance. Drop-in session, no need to book.

Focus Group Session: Scottish National Portrait Gallery

Join us for an informal chat over refreshments and share your views of the National Galleries of Scotland programme for visually impaired visitors.

Tuesday 23 May 2017: 10.30 – 12noon
Meet and collect at main entrance.

National Galleries of Scotland
Sessions for people who are Visually Impaired.

The Galleries have offered education events for people who are visually impaired, since 2001. They offer descriptive tours conducted in small groups, followed by relevant hands-on workshops. From 2010 the scale of this programme was increased with support of the Miss Agnes H Hunter Trust and the R S Macdonald Charitable Trust.
To read more about this programme Click here,
or for more information on current events contact 0131 624 6428.

To visit the National Galleries web site

Click National Galleries of Scotland

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The National Museum of Scotland.

The National Museum of Scotland:
Chambers Street, Edinburgh EH1 1JF.
Telephone 0131 247 4422.

The new National Museum of Scotland is now open! Take a journey of discovery through Scottish history, the natural world, world cultures, science and technology and art and design as our new museum brings the world to Scotland and Scotland to the world.
Opening hours - Monday to Saturday 10am to 5pm, Tuesday 10am to 8pm and Sunday 12noon to 5pm. Admission is free, but there is a charge for special exhibitions. See below for directions and access details.

Highlights: Top five things to see and do.

How to get there:

The National Museum of Scotland is situated in Chambers Street, in the heart of the Old Town, a few minutes walk from Princes Street and the Royal Mile. Chambers Street links George IV Bridge and North Bridge.
By bus - service numbers 23, 27, 35, 41, 42 and 45 (Lothian Buses) go via the city centre and stop at George IV Bridge. Service numbers 3,3A,5,7,8,14,29,30,31,33,37A,37,49,X31,X37,X47 (Lothian Buses) and 77/X77, X78, X81, 86/86A/86B/X86 (First Bus) stop on South Bridge.
By train - the nearest train station is Edinburgh Waverley. Chambers Street is a few minutes walk from here up Market Street to The Mound and down George IV Bridge. The road is quite steep - visitors with mobility difficulties may wish to use the taxi rank at the station.
By car - head for Edinburgh City Centre. There is pay and display parking nearby on Chambers Street and a number of off-street car parks are signposted elsewhere in the city centre.

Access for the disabled:

Four designated public parking spaces are available for disabled visitors in Chambers Street. There is no charge for these spaces. However, please note that they are not bookable. There is a level entrance to the museum via the main entrance to the Entrance Hall on Chambers Street and the Tower entrance at the corner of Chambers Street. Wheelchairs are available for loan at no charge. On arrival, ask at the Information Desk. Wheelchairs are not bookable in advance. Public lifts are available to all floors.

Guide dogs, hearing dogs and other recognised assistance dogs are admitted.

Free sound guides are available for the Museum of Scotland. Some Royal Museum exhibits have large-print and Braille labels. For those who have difficulty seeing the exhibits or reading the information about them, a Personal Access Guide can be booked by telephoning 0131 247 4206. There is no charge for this service. At least two weeks' notice is appreciated.

Touch Tours

To arrange a special tour with handling sessions for visitors with visual impairments please email or call 0131 247 4041. Please give two weeks' notice.

Prospective visitors are advised to phone ahead to get up-to-date information on what exhibitions and activities are available. Ring 0131 246 4206.

For further information or to add your name to the mailing list, please contact

National Museum of Scotland,
Chambers Street,
Edinburgh EH1 1JF.
Telephone: +44 (0) 131 247 4422
Typetalk: 18001 0131 247 4422
Fax: +44 (0) 131 220 4819

The National Museum of Scotland web site.

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Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum, Glasgow.

Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum,
Argyle Street,
Glasgow G3 8AG
Phone 0141 276 9599.

First Bus services 9, 16, 23, 42 and 62 all stop directly outside Kelvingrove. There is pay and display car parking at the venue, but space is limited. The car park has 10 spaces reserved for blue badge holders. These spaces are free of charge and there is no time restriction.
Guide and Assistance dogs are welcome in Kelvingrove, and dog bowls and water are available.

Volunteer guides receive Disability Awareness training. Learning Assistants are trained in Visual Impairment Awareness. Large print books, labels and graphics are available in the Early Settlers gallery. Braille museum maps are available from reception on request.Braille booklets are available, as well as cassette tapes for your own casette player.
There are opportunities to touch or handle objects within the galleries - these will be clearly signed. The Discovery Centres will allow visitors to investigate and explore objects further, with more handling opportunities - you may be asked to wear gloves.
To arrange tours, phone Nicola on 0141 276 9541.

Click here for Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum web site.

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Riverside Museum: Scotland's Museum of Transport and Travel.

The best bus service to the museum is the The Riversider, service 100, departing the city centre every 30 minutes. Visit for the full timetable.
From 23 October 2011, the Winter Timetable will come into effect and the Riversider will depart from the City Centre every 30 minutes.
Bus Stops:
George Square (North side);
George Square (South side, outside Visit Scotland);
St Vincent Place at Buchanan Street;
Union Street (outside Poundland);
Argyle Street (at SAS Radisson);
Riverside Museum;
Partick Interchange (Beith Street);
Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum.

There is a limited Pay & Display car park at the Museum - at £1 for 3 hours - maximum stay allowed. The car park will have 12 spaces reserved for blue badge holders and these spaces are free of charge with no time restrictions. There is also a Pay & Display car park at Kelvin Hall, Bunhouse Road (the previous home of the Museum of Transport) that's only a 10-minute signposted walk to Riverside. Alternatively at the Kelvingrove bus stop you can catch the Riversider bus, service 100, that will drop off at Riverside Museum. Parking at Bunhouse means easy access for also visiting Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum.
Visitors may also use the SECC parking lot - charges apply - then it's just a short walk to the museum or catch the Riversider bus, service 100, that will drop you off directly at the museum - the bus stop is at the Clyde Auditorium (The Armadillo).

There will be specific provision for sensory-impaired visitors,
including 10% of displays designed specifically for people with a sensory impairment.
Guide and Assistance dogs are welcome in Riverside Museum, and dog bowls and water are available. Please contact a member of staff.

Click here for Riverside Museum web site.

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