The information below was correct at time of writing and will be updated as needed. Please contact us with any corrections or suggested improvement to this page.
This access statement should be read alongside the general visiting information on the website. Here we offer more specific information on access to help disabled visitors plan their trip.
If you have any particular needs, please get in touch well in advance of your visit. We do not have any members of staff and are entirely reliant on volunteers to answer emails etc so it may take time to get back to you.
Assistance dogs (only) are allowed in the Kirk.
Access Paths to Kirk
There are a number of steps in the Kirk (normally 2 steps) and there can be areas of uneven flooring. There are areas of low (or no) lighting especially the Bruce Chapel and Apse during hours of darkness.
There is a folding aluminium wheelchair ramp stored (in the exhibition area) that can allow access to the areas which are above nave floor level (normally 2 steps, each 160mm high). It is available for visitor use but we ask that when used it is placed carefully to avoid damage to the floor/edges of steps and returned after the visit. (Ramp Details: Length 1.2m, Width 720mm wide Weight 4 kg).
Access to South Gardens
Path Cloisters to Gardens
Past Apse End to Gardens
IMPORTANT: The vestry toilet is only open during events. There are no visitor toilets at the Kirk. We are working to raise funds to address this problem however this is major challenge.
Food is ordered via table service and will be brought to your table by the café staff. The café has a mix of chairs with arms and without arms. The tables have XXcm/YY inches clear height underneath. There are also outside seats (weather dependent). The menu is printed and staff would normally be able to read it out on request.
There are a number of benches around the grounds for visitors to have a rest and enjoy the building and gardens.
The refurbished library is sometimes used for meetings. It is access via a stairway (15 steps, typical width 600mm). There is no other access route. A new handrail was installed in 2020.
There is currently no visitor access to the crypt other than during escorted visits for special events. There is a flight of stairs with no handrails and uneven steps (last 7 steps). We are fundraising to enable access (handrails, fire exits, fire alarms etc).
In the event of fire, escape routes are through the entrances described above. The cloister exit is flat, the main exit has two steps up/one step down and the south aisle exit has a number of steps down (as shown above). Emergency lighting in the Nave and South aisle was installed in 2019. There are visual fire exit signs.
Future Plans and Fundraising
This page shows the current situation for access to the kirk. We are aware that there is opportunities to improve access, however the challenging restoration and repair demands with very limited budget are a major constraint. We are reliant on visitor donations and a small number of grant funders.