Everyone is welcome at Almond Valley, and we aim to do everything practical to ensure that all can enjoy the many attractions of the site. In the design of all features, we consider the physical access needs of all, whether in a push chair, wheel chair, of impaired mobility, or fighting fit. We aim to present things in ways that are easily understood by all members of the family, and offer experiences that engage all of the senses. We're an educational charity, and have a responsibility to every one of our users.


  • Free parking is available on site.
  • Blue badge holder spaces are available.

Almond Valley Heritage Centre 

  • There is level access to the front door.
  • There is level access to the entrance/shop where light levels are medium.
  • Other than a tiny area downstairs in one of the mill buildings, all of Almond Valley is wheelchair accessible.
  • Light levels are medium throughout the buildings.

The Museum of the Scottish Shale Oil Industry 

  • There is level access to the Museum galleries.
  • Light levels are medium to low. 
  • There is a replica mine shaft with a moderate incline, where light levels are very low.


  • There are accessible toilets on site: in the toilet block outside the main building opposite the Tearoom entrance; and inside the Tearoom.
  • Baby changing facilites are available.
  • There is level access.


All dogs are welcome throughout the site, with the exception of Morag's Tearoom where only assistance dogs are welcome. There are two picnic barns and lots of other outside areas where you are welcome to take a break with your dog!

Concessions and Carers

We do not offer a concessionary rate of admission charge to those with disabilities, but instead are happy to make adjustments to ensure an equality of access. In most cases, this is by offering free admission to an accompanying carer in circumstances where the person would not otherwise be able to visit without such one-to-one support. 

Almond Valley Heritage Trust

Almond Valley's Recognised collection celebrates Scotland's pioneering shale oil industry, and includes objects illustrating mining, retorting and refining processes, the products of the industry, and how they were marketed. The museum archive holds the surviving official records of the shale oil companies.