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


The Queen's Gallery, Palace of Holyroodhouse.

National Galleries of Scotland.

National Library of Scotland.

The National Museum of Scotland.

Talbot Rice Gallery.


Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum, Glasgow.

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

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 2017 – March 2018.

Booking essential.
If you are interested in attending any of these events, bookings are taken in person by the staff at the main information desk at the Gardens Entrance of the Scottish National Gallery 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 Meg Faragher on 0131 624 6403 or email

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.

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.

Graham Fagan and Douglas Gordon: Scottish National Portrait Gallery

Explore Robert Burns and his legacy through the lens of two exciting contemporary installations at the Portrait Gallery. Graham Fagan’s evocative video installation focusses on ‘The Slave’s Lament’, Roberts Burns’ only work to empathise with the appalling hurt of the displaced, the trafficked and the enslaved. Douglas Gordon’s specially commissioned installation, Black Burns, is a striking response to the full-length marble statue of the poet Robert Burns in The Great Hall of the Scottish National Portrait Gallery.

Tour: Wednesday 18 October 2017 10.15am – 3.30pm;
Meet and collect at Portrait Gallery Main Entrance.

NOW 2: Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art One – MOD 1

NOW is a new programme of contemporary art that will take place at Modern One over the coming three years. Featuring diverse work by artists such as Yto Barrada, Kate Davis, Susan Philipsz and Michael Armitage, NOW 2 will focus on the theme of storytelling. Writer Marjorie Gill from the Scottish Poetry Library will join us as a special guest for this session which will explore objects and the stories they tell.

Tour: Wednesday 15 November 2017 10.15am – 3.30pm;
Meet at MOD ONE main entrance.

Scottish National Gallery Highlights: Scottish National Gallery

Situated in the heart of Edinburgh, the Scottish National Gallery is home to one of the best collections of fine art in the world. Explore some of the jewels in the national collection of art that includes masterpieces from the Italian renaissance, the ‘Golden Age’ of Dutch and Flemish art and work by major Scottish painters.

Tour: Wednesday 17 January 2018 10.15am-3.30pm;
Meet and collect at Royal Scottish Academy back door.

When we were Young: Scottish National Portrait Gallery

This photography display documents the experience and representation of childhood to coincide with Scotland’s Year of the Young Person 2018. Using photographs from the permanent collection, When We Were Young explores not only how the experience of childhood has changed over the years, but also how the portrayal of children has shifted too. Featuring daguerreotypes from the 1840s to digital prints from 2017, the exhibition is sure to delight visitors young and old.

Tour: Wednesday 21 February 2018 10.15am – 3.30pm;
Meet and collect at Portrait Gallery Main Entrance.

Artist in Focus: Tessa Asquith Lamb: Scottish National Portrait Gallery

This session will explore the work of artist and printmaker Tessa Asquith Lamb. Tessa, one of the artists who works regularly on the Gallery’s Visual Impairment programme, trained at Edinburgh college of Art and Edinburgh University and creates intricate and complex etchings and paper-cuts full of details from her collection of 19th century folk art and valentines, silhouettes, flowers, portraits and foxes! To create her work she sketches in museums and from her collections and assembles elements into designs for large etchings which are hand drawn onto metal plates, etched and hand printed in limited editions. Learn more about her processes and the stories behind her beautiful work in this special session, which will include descriptions of the artwork and be followed by a printmaking workshop to develop your own symbolic designs.

Tour: Wednesday 21 March 2018 10.15am – 3.30pm;
Meet and collect at Portrait Gallery 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

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.

Multimedia Room:
The Issue Hall doors at the top of the main stairs are heavy and have to be kept closed to maintain conditions for the collection material. We can help you with these doors if needed. Please let Information Desk staff know if you would like assistance. We also have a card access wheelchair accessible door, which is available for registered library users. Off the Issue Hall, to the right, is the Multimedia Room. This has: