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Holidays and travel Scotland

A list of organisations that may be useful for your holidays and travel:

Badaguish Tel: 01479 861 285 Email: info@badaguish.org Website: www.badaguish.org Offers a series of holiday programmes and facilities accessible to all.

Disabled Access Holidays* Tel: 0800 622 6000 Email: info@disabledaccessholidays.com Website: www.disabledaccessholidays.com Arranges holidays for people with medical conditions and disabilities.

Isle of Lewis Access Forum Tel: 07092 892 604 Website: www.spanglefish.com/AccessLewis A group of people with disabilities campaigning for access improvements. It includes information about the group and an access guide. Visitors and residents can also add views, comments, photos and ideas to the guestbook.

Scotland Holiday Cottage Email: enquiries@whichcottage.co.uk Website: www.scotland-holiday-cottage.com/disabled-access.htm Offers a selection of cottages suitable for people requiring disabled access throughout Scotland.

Shared Care Network Website: www.sharedcarenetwork.org.uk Network of 400 respite schemes which will link a host carer to disabled child/adult for short periods to give families a break.

Tourism For All Tel: 0845 124 9971 Email: info@tourismforall.org.uk Website: www.tourismforall.org.uk Information service on holidays and days out for people with disabilities.

Visit Scotland Tel: 0845 859 1006 Email: info@visitscotland.com Website: www.visitscotland.com Scotland’s national tourism organisation.

Vitalise Tel: 0303 303 0147 Email: bookings@vitalise.org.uk Website: www.vitalise.org.uk A national charity providing essential breaks for disabled people and carers.

Travel Insurance

A range of travel insurance options are available which take into account pre-existing medical conditions. Here is a selection that our members have found:

A European Health Insurance Card (EHIC) is for when you travel to another country in the European Economic Area (EEA) or Switzerland. It has replaced the E111 form, which is free (if you order by telephone) and should be renewed every five years. If you become ill while abroad, the EHIC gives access to state-provided medical treatment in the country you are visiting. This may be free or you may have to pay on the same basis as residents of that country. The card also covers any treatment you need for a chronic condition or pre-existing illness, and routine maternity care. The EHIC is not a substitute for travel insurance, since there are some things that it does not cover, such as repatriation. To apply for a card visit www.nhs.uk/ehic or call 0300 3301350.

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