Accessibility

Torchlight Procession

The Torchlight procession has three form up areas on High Street, Royal Mile, North Bridge and South Bridge all of which are accessible though care must be taken with kerbstones when moving around.  Due to the historic nature of the Old Town and Royal Mile, large sections of the route are cobbled and so care must be taken when passing through these areas as some parts may be uneven. Accessible toilets are available throughout the form up areas.

For those with mobility issues unable to stand for long periods of time or travel long distances, there is a joining point closer to the end of the procession route location at Abbey Strand next to the Palace of Holyrood House. To purchase tickets specifically to join from this area we ask that you contact Box Office (0131 510 0395 or if phoning outside the UK +44 131 510 0395).

The Royal Mile runs at a downhill gradient running from west to east before flattening out around the Scottish Parliament.  The event finale takes place in Holyrood Park which is a large grass area.  There are pavements running alongside the park offering a more hard standing ground with excellent views of the firework display.  Accessible toilets are available at the concessions area.

 

Concert in the Gardens

Concert in the Gardens is accessible from Kings Stables Road, and most of the route is accessible by a concrete pedestrian walkway within the gardens.   There are 4 paths to the upper level of the garden with a steep gradient, parts of which are cobbled. Large parts of the gardens are grass covered.  A clearly marked accessible viewing area is available on the top path overlooking the main stage.  Accessible toilets are available throughout the arena.

There is stepped access to the Concert in the Gardens from Princes Street.  There are 32 steps into the Concert arena from the West End of Princes Street and 47 steps into the Concert arena from the Mound entrance.  Within the arena, the paths towards the west of the gardens have a lesser gradient than those in the east of the gardens.

 

Ceilidh Under the Castle

The Ceilidh Under the Castle is accessible from Kings Stables Road, and most of the route is accessible by a concrete pedestrian walkway within the gardens.  Accessible toilets are available throughout the arena.

 

Bairns Afore

Bairns Afore is accessible from Kings Stables Road, and most of the route is accessible by a concrete pedestrian walkway within the gardens.  There are 4 paths to the upper level of the garden with a steep gradient, parts of which are cobbled. Large parts of the gardens are grass covered.  A clearly marked accessible viewing area is available on the top path overlooking the main stage.  Accessible toilets are available throughout the arena.

 

Hogmanay HQ

The Hogmanay HQ venue will be accessible through a large cobbled area alongside pavements. We will update more information. However, if you do have any questions regarding accessible requirements please do contact the box office on 0131 510 0395 or if phoning outside the UK +44 131 510 0395.

 

Street Party

The three Street Party entrances at Princes Street West End, Bank Street and Princes Street East End are fully accessible and once inside the arena it is paved throughout.  There is a small gradient on Waverley Bridge and a steeper incline to access the Mound. Consideration should be given to the various kerbstones within the arena as the Street Party takes place on a closed off thoroughfare.  Accessible toilets are available at each toilet block and these are located throughout the arena.

 

Parking

Whilst there is no specific parking for this event, a wide range of parking spaces are available throughout the city centre.  Details of Blue Badge parking can be found at the City of Edinburgh Council website via the following link: http://www.edinburgh.gov.uk/info/20085/parking_spaces/428/disabled_persons_spaces

 

Message from the Skies

Message from the Skies will once again be occurring at multiple locations throughout the City Centre. Once we have the route confirmed we will have more information regarding accessibility requirements of the route.