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advice for tours - limited mobility

My mom and stepfather would like to go to Wales and Ireland next year. My mom has MS and has limited mobility, so a Rick Steves tour isn't going to be a good choice for them. I've never worked with any other tour companies; do you all have suggestions of where to start? I think they are leaning toward an independent trip but I want to help them identify other options before booking. Thanks in advance for any advice.

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I would suggest that you pre-book the special rooms that are available in the Travelodge chain in the UK & Ireland. I would avoid city centre ones as these usually do not have parking. However, most on the edges of towns & villages do have ample free parking outside - so be careful to check. Look at the map on the link and click the symbol for NW Wales - where several will appear. Then look at each one and the location. For example, Caernarfon does not have parking outside but Porthmadog does.

In many places, those with the blue badge ‘disabled’ ‘badges’ in the car window can park for free or have priority parking slots. If you have an American one, I would bring that and put it in the window of a hire car.

Most supermarkets have easy access toilets so I would try and find out the locations of these in areas that you intend to visit. The main chains in Britain are:> Tesco, Asda (Walmart), Morristons, Sainsbury & Waitrose. (Google them for location maps).

Posted by
90 posts

Thank you, this is helpful and bringing up items I hadn't even considered yet. My mom uses a cane and is at risk for falling, but can get in and out of a car (and presumably bus, although I agree a car would be easier). Thank you for the tips!

Posted by
8389 posts

Take a look at Road Scholar, formerly Elder Hostel. I've had several people with reduced mobility on trips with me.