Grants help accessibility guide showcase Scottish attractions

Two grants totalling £30,000 have been awarded to a popular review website which aims to “remove the fear of the unknown” for disabled visitors to Scotland.

Euan’s Guide, which was founded by wheelchair user Euan MacDonald and his sister Kiki in 2013, received a £25,000 grant through the VisitScotland Growth Fund to help create downloadable e-guides for Dundee and Fife.

And in Scotland’s Year of History, Heritage and Archaeology, the website has been given £5,000 by Historic Environment Scotland to help produce a guide highlighting the access to some of the country’s historic attractions.

Euan’s Guide will use targeted social media campaigns to promote its new guides to disabled people within day-trip distance, as well as in north east England.

Euan, who has motor neurone disease, was at the announcement of the award at Verdant Works in Dundee.

Run by Dundee Heritage Trust, Verdant Works is a former textile mill which is now a five-star visitor attraction and is currently home to the Great Tapestry of Scotland Part II.

Euan said: “We hope that these new guides will give local and visiting disabled people, their families and friends great enjoyment as they discover Scotland as an accessible destination. We are thrilled to have received this Growth Fund award from VisitScotland and are looking forward to showcasing the best that Scotland has to offer in accessible tourism.”

Pictured from left: Paul Ralph, access and inclusion director at Euan’s Guide; Jim Clarkson, regional partnerships director at VisitScotland; and Euan MacDonald, the website’s co-founder, at Verdant Works in Dundee. Picture: Fraser Band.