Self-catering accommodation for people with limited mobility
or and for those who require disabled access.
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Scottish self-catering accommodation is given three gradings by Visit Scotland (formerly the Scottish Tourist Board) for mobility impaired visitors. Each property is visited by them, carefully assessed and is then given one of the 3 Visit Scotland gradings:
Category 1 - wheelchair access without assistance
Category 2 - wheelchair access with assistance
Category 3 - access for those with mobility impairment.
It is important to know exactly what the requirements are for each category. If a holiday property says it has been awarded one of these categories, then you can book knowing exactly what it means. If you have any extra requirements or are not clear on any point, it is always best to ask the cottage owner to clarify things so there are no surprises and you have booked the most suitable self-catering cottage for your Scottish holiday!
Category 1 - Wheelchair access without assistance
The self-catering accommodation must meet Category 2 requirements with the additional requirements listed below.
All inside routes to be used by the wheelchair-using guest must be level or ramped.
Access to the dining room, sitting room, bedroom, bathroom and WC (where not en suite) must be level or ramped with thresholds no higher than 2 cm.
The surface of the bed must be between 45-54cm above the floor.
Light switches, door handles, TV controls, wardrobe rails, etc., should be easily accessible and no more than 140 cm above the floor.
The light switch must be no more than 50 cm from the bed.
Only one WC in the holiday property needs to meet these requirements.
The horizontal support rail opposite the transfer space must be no more than 50 cm from the centre of the seat.
The door handle and light switch must be 140 cm or less above the floor.
The horizontal or angled support rail at the far side of the bath must be no more than 30 cm above the rim.
The rim of the bath must be 45 - 50 cm above the floor of the bathroom.
When only a shower is available to the visitor then the controls must be 140 cm or less above the floor.
There must be a minimum clear floor space of 120 cm in front of units and worksurfaces.
The base of wall cupboards and shelves should not be more than 120 cm above floor.
At least one worksurface or table should have a clear underspace between 65 - 80 cm high.
The oven should have front controls and base between 65 cm and 80 cm above floor.
The hob should not be more than 80 cm high.
Hob to have clear underspace below or alongside and accessible controls.
The sink should have lever taps and a clear underspace.
Power socket should not be more than 140 cm above floor and unobstructed.
Light switches and door handles should not be more than 140 cm above floor.
Category 2 - Wheelchair access with assistance
The self-catering accommodation must meet all the requirements for Category 3 except as listed below.
Where there is no ramp, there must be no more than single steps to the entrance of the property.
The main door must have a clear opening of not less than 75 cm.
Interior of Cottage
Doors to the rooms should have a clear opening of not less than 75 cm.
There must be no more than single steps in the corridors or to the rooms the disabled guest will be using.
There must be space alongside at least one side of the bed of not less than 80 cm.
There must be unobstructed space of not less than 110 x 70 cm.
There must be a transfer space to the WC of not less than 80 cm.
There must be a horizontal or angled support rail opposite the transfer space, between 20-30cm above the seat.
The rim of the loo seat must be between 45 - 50 cm above the floor.
If the WC is separate from the bathroom, there must be an clear interior space of not less than 110 x 70 cm and a washbasin with clear underspace.
If there is a bath then there must be space at the side of the bath of not less than 80cm to allow for lateral transfer.
There must be an unobstructed interior space, clear of the door swing, of not less than 100 x 70cm.
Where a shower only is provided, it must have: a level entry, i.e. no rim; a lateral transfer space of not less than 80 cm, and a seat.
The washbasin, either within the bathroom or bedroom, must have sufficient clear underspace and/or level taps to enable it to be used by someone in a wheelchair.
Category 3 - Access for those with mobility impairment
Holiday Accommodation Requirements
The route from the parking point to the entrance must be free from obstacles and sound.
Steps to be used by a mobility impaired visitor should have risers no more than 19cm, with treads no less than 75 cm wide and 25 cm deep.
If the WC is separate from the bathroom there must be a washbasin in the same room.
There has to be a washbasin within the bedroom or bathroom.