Scotch Whisky Experience offers sign language tours

25th January, 2018 by Amy Hopkins

The Scotch Whisky Experience has become the first visitor attraction in Edinburgh to offer whisky tours in British and American Sign Language.

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Lenka Whyles, head of visitor experience at the Scotch Whisky Experience, and Joseph Sheridan, part of the BSL/ASL translation team at Scotch Whisky Experience and head of ITV SignPost Scotland

More than £50,000 (US$71,200) has been invested into the experience’s multi-functional audio guides in a move to “enhance accessibility”.

Subtitled tours in German, Spanish, French, Italian, Dutch and Swedish will also be launching since 80% of visitors to The Scotch Whisky Experience come from overseas.

“Investing in American and British Sign Language to enhance our suite of languages shows both our commitment to accessibility and our wish for all our visitors to enjoy a five-star experience in their own language,” said Lenka Whyles, head of operations at the Scotch Whisky Experience.

“Careful consideration has been given to the background colour of the screen on the new devices, as well as the clothes of the interpreters to make them as user-friendly as possible and we also flew one of the American signers over from the USA.”

The new sign language tours started operating on 23 January.

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