Disabled Access

Scottish National Gallery

We value all of our visitors and wish everyone an enjoyable visit.

During the construction work being undertaken as part of the Scottish National Gallery Project, there have been some changes to the building which affect disabled access and facilities. We have put together the information below to assist with planning a visit.

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The front entrance of the Scottish National Gallery accessed from the Mound has a ramp with handrails. This entrance leads onto the main floor of the gallery.

The upper galleries (rooms 14, 17 and 18 where we show 18th, 19th and early 20th Century Art, including Scottish Art  and Impressionism ) are only accessible by stairs.

Gallery floor plans

Our floor plans contain details of entrances, facilities and room closures.

Displays without wheelchair access

Displays without wheelchair access

The displays below are in the upper galleries of the Scottish National Gallery and are only accessible by stairs while work is carried out on the lift as part of the ongoing Scottish National Gallery Project. Please bear with us while we create our exciting new spaces for our Scottish art collection and larger and more accessible lift.

Impressionism & Post-Impressionism

This display includes a selection of Impressionist artworks by Claude Monet, Pierre-Auguste Renoir, Camille Pissaro, Edgar Degas and Berthe Morisot.

Eighteenth - Nineteenth Century Art

A display of smaller-scale paintings by some of the greatest European artists of the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries.

A Century of Scottish Art 1810-1920

This display features a selection of nineteenth and early twentieth-century Scottish artworks by William McTaggart, Sir James Guthrie, Arthur Melville, Phoebe Anna Traquair and others.

Disabled parking

The disabled parking spaces on the Mound precinct are currently not in operation due to the construction work. There is parking close to the Scottish National Gallery including for those with a Blue Badge.

Accessible toilets

There are accessible toilets on the ground floor of the Scottish National Gallery, the rear entrance of the Royal Scottish Academy and at the gardens level.

Borrow a wheelchair

Wheelchairs are available at all entrances. Please ask gallery staff if you wish to use these.

Guide and assistance dogs

Assistance Dogs are welcome at all sites of the National Galleries of Scotland.


You will find comfortable seating throughout the Gallery. We also have portable stools available to borrow.

Events and group visits

During the implementation of the Scottish National Gallery Project, we will continue to provide a comprehensive programme of events for adults and children. These include activities for disabled individuals, including Deaf visitors, visitors with hearing loss, visually impaired visitors and those living with dementia.

See our programme of regular events

We will continue to arrange group visits at the Scottish National Portrait Gallery and the Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art. Groups visits to the Scottish National Gallery have been temporarily suspended whilst the redevelopment takes place.

Find out more about group visits

Information desk and staff

The Information Desk is now located at the gardens level of the Scottish National Gallery in front of the Hawthornden Lecture Theatre. Gallery staff have received training in dementia awareness and visual impairment awareness and are happy to answer enquiries and provide assistance. The information desk can be contacted on 0131 624 6560 or [email protected]

We welcome feedback which will help us to improve our services.