Euan MacDonald

Euan’s Guide

When entrepreneur Euan’s access requirements changed 15 years ago, he was frustrated by how hard it was to find disabled access information for the places he wanted to visit. This drove Euan and his sister Kiki to create Euan’s Guide, a website which makes it easier for disabled people to find great places to go.

The website is one of the most popular accessibility guides about as it collates first-hand experiences from members of the public who submit their own access reviews of places they visit in the UK and beyond. Venues can also submit their own information. Euan’s aim has always been to highlight and share the good experiences. This positive approach breaks down barriers, giving people the confidence to try somewhere new, while helping business and attractions to improve their accessibility for disabled people.

Before founding Euan’s Guide, Euan helped set up the Euan MacDonald Centre for Motor Neurone Disease Research in 2007 with his father Donald. The centre works with MND researchers at the University of Edinburgh and is now an established and internationally recognised research centre.

Euan was awarded an MBE in 2009 from the Queen for his services to people with MND in Scotland. In 2016 he featured in the New Radicals list for his innovative approach to promoting accessible places. The same year, he and his sister both received a Points of Light award from the Prime Minister. Euan’s Guide won a 2014 BT Infinity Lab People’s Choice Award and has been recognised with a Charity and Social Enterprises Award at the Herald Digital Business Awards.

“While I’m delighted to be featured on this list, it is really everyone who has reviewed on Euan’s Guide or who is involved with the research into MND who deserves this award. It is only by working together that we are able to help others.”