In The Frame : Descriptive gallery events organised by Artlink:

Artlink works to open up the arts in Edinburgh for people with sight loss, people with hearing loss, people who are Deafblind and sign language users. See below for information on gallery tours - all free.

For more information on Artlink's accessible projects and events across Edinburgh, visit


The Queen's Gallery, Palace of Holyroodhouse.

National Galleries of Scotland.

National Library of Scotland.

The National Museum of Scotland.

Talbot Rice Gallery.


Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum, Glasgow.

Riverside Museum: Scotland's Museum of Transport and Travel.

The Queen's Gallery, Palace of Holyroodhouse.

How to find it:

The Gallery is at the foot of the Royal Mile, to the south of the Palace gates and directly facing the Scottish Parliament.
Buses: Numbers 35 and 36, and open-top buses.
Nearest railway station: Edinburgh Waverley.
There is free coach parking beside the Palace, and metered car parking just inside the Queen's Park.

Tickets purchased at the Queen's Gallery can be converted into a One-Year Pass, giving 12 months free admission to the Gallery. To reserve your place for all Queen's Gallery events, please e-mail the Learning Bookings team or call 0131 557 2500.

National Galleries of Scotland.

The National Galleries comprise five galleries: The Royal Scottish Academy (RSA) in the midle of Princes Street; the Scottish National Gallery immediately behind the RSA, with an entrance also from East Princes Street Gardens; the Scottish National Portrait Gallery, on Queen Street; the Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art in two buildings: Modern One (MOD ONE) on the west side of Belford Road, and facing it on the east side of Belford Road, Modern Two (MOD TWO), the former Dean Gallery.

Tours and Workshops for Visually Impaired People.

The National Galleries offer an extensive programme for visually impaired gallery visitors. The regular programme includes touch tours, verbal description and practical workshops. They have recently started to offer verbal description prior to monthly public drawing classes.

For more information please contact Meg Faragher: 0131 624 6403

2016 Visual Impairment Programme: March - September 2018.

Booking essential.
If you are interested in attending any of these events, bookings are taken in person by the staff at the main information desk at the Gardens Entrance of the Scottish National Gallery or by ringing 0131 624 6560. If you prefer to book by email, please contact:

Please let us know in advance if you have any additional support needs, have allergies, are hard of hearing or have a mobility impairment, so that we can arrange to help you.

For participants taking part in sessions at the Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art, we are pleased to arrange a free taxi leaving from the Scottish National Gallery on the Mound. If you would like to use this service please let us know when you book.

If you would like more information about the programme please contact Meg Faragher on 0131 624 6403 or email

Tours and Workshops:

The following tours and workshops consist of a 90 minute tour in the morning, followed by a lunch break, and a two and a half hour practical workshop in the afternoon. Guides, chairs and refreshments will be provided. Please bring a packed lunch.

Planes, Trains and Automobiles: Scottish National Portrait Gallery.

This photography display is the third in a series of thematic exhibitions exploring the exceptional permanent collection of photography at the National Galleries of Scotland. The exhibition will consider the variety of modes of transport used around the world from the 1840s onwards. It includes photographs by prominent artists including Alfred G Buckham and Humphrey Spender. The focus will be on how photography has been used to chart the technological innovations created by the desire to travel and the impact that transportation has on society. The exhibition will also consider how transport is part of our everyday lives, from the daily grind of commuting to the pleasure of holidays away from home.

Tour: Wednesday 17 October 2018 : 10.15am – 3.30pm
Meet and collect at main entrance.

Special Event. In the Mind's Eye – Surreal Paintings: Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art - MODERN TWO

Enjoy a free, relaxing descriptive tour of artworks in our Surrealist Room at Modern Two. This informal session will take a mindful, closer look at artworks and will invite visitors to take their time, to contemplate and to notice. As the tour incorporates detailed description, it is suitable for both sighted and visually impaired visitors. Turn up, tune in and chill out.
This is a free, drop-in session, but please contact Meg on or 0131 624 6403 for any advice or assistance with transport to the Gallery of Modern Art.

Tour: Tuesday 20 November 2018 : 12.45 -1.15pm.

Pin-Ups | Toulouse-Lautrec and the Art of Celebrity: Morning tour at Scottish National Gallery, afternoon workshop at Scottish National Portrait Gallery

Paris in the fin-de-siècle was known as the 'city of pleasure’; famed for its cabarets, dance halls and cafés. Most famous of all were the nightspots of the bohemian district of Montmartre, where Toulouse-Lautrec lived, worked and socialized, including the now legendary café-cabarets Le Moulin Rouge and Le Chat Noir. Pin-Ups: Toulouse Lautrec and the Art of Celebrity will focus on Toulouse-Lautrec’s lithographic posters, portfolio prints and illustrations which made stars of Montmartre’s venues and their entertainers.

Tour: Wednesday 21 November 2018 : 10.15am-3.30pm;
Meet at Academy back door and collect from Portrait Gallery main entrance.

NOW: Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art One – MODERN ONE

NOW is a programme of contemporary art taking place at Modern One. This will be the fourth instalment of NOW and it will feature works by Monster Chetwynd, a renowned British Turner Prize nominated performance artist. This edition of NOW will also feature rooms of work by five further artists whose work challenges orthodoxies, givens, historical fact, societal norms and social conventions - Moyna Flannigan, Henry Coombes, Betye Saar and Wael Shawky.

Tour: Wednesday 16 January 2019 : 10.15am – 3.30pm;
Meet at MOD ONE main entrance and collect at MOD TWO back door.

BP Portrait Award 2018: Scottish National Portrait Gallery

The BP Portrait Award showcases the very best in contemporary portrait painting from around the world. For thirty-nine years, the exhibition has presented outstanding and innovative new work in a variety of styles and approaches, and it continues to be a highlight of the annual art calendar.

Tour: Wednesday 20 February 2019 : 10.15am – 3.30pm;
Meet and collect at main entrance.

Warhol and Paolozzi: I want to be a Machine: Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art Two – MODERN TWO

Explore two parallel exhibitions of work by world renowned Pop artists Eduardo Paolozzi and Andy Warhol. The Warhol exhibition will focus on drawings and photographic works mainly from the 1950s and early 1960s while the exhibition of Eduardo Paolozzi’s work will showcase drawings, collages and prints, as well as a selection of sculptures from the same period and taken mainly from the National Gallery of Scotland’s permanent collection.

Tour: Wednesday 20 March 2019 : 10.15am – 3.30pm;
Meet and collect at MODERN TWO back door.

National Galleries of Scotland
Sessions for people who are Visually Impaired.

The Galleries have offered education events for people who are visually impaired, since 2001. They offer descriptive tours conducted in small groups, followed by relevant hands-on workshops. From 2010 the scale of this programme was increased with support of the Miss Agnes H Hunter Trust and the R S Macdonald Charitable Trust.
To read more about this programme Click here,
or for more information on current events contact 0131 624 6428.

To visit the National Galleries web site

Click National Galleries of Scotland

Welcome to the Library: National Library of Scotland.

Drop in for tea, coffee and biscuits and learn more about the Library, our collections, exhibitions and accessible events programme.
11:00 am - 12:00 pm Free, no need to book.

Multimedia Room:
The Issue Hall doors at the top of the main stairs are heavy and have to be kept closed to maintain conditions for the collection material. We can help you with these doors if needed. Please let Information Desk staff know if you would like assistance. We also have a card access wheelchair accessible door, which is available for registered library users. Off the Issue Hall, to the right, is the Multimedia Room. This has: