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.
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.https://www.travelodge.co.uk/explore_the_uk/
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).
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!
Take a look at Road Scholar, formerly Elder Hostel. I've had several people with reduced mobility on trips with me.