I recently wrote an article in which I outlined one self-drive itinerary which I often recom-mend to my clients when they are out to have a taste of Ireland’s haunting history and rugged natural beauty. I have also found that self-drive disabled holidays enable our cli-ents to go at their own pace, travel in comfort and privacy and also avoid public transpor-tation, which we all know can be unreliable and not very accessible. |
If my first article got you excited and you would like to explore another side of the Re-public of Ireland as well, this is another one of our disabled holidays that you might like:
We kick things off by flying into Northern Ireland’s capital city. Belfast is a historic and culturally rich area, so we can arrange for you to spend some time exploring and soaking up the unique atmosphere before starting the road trip.
First up is Londonderry, which is a 1.5-hour drive from Belfast. As the only remaining walled city in all of Ireland, this is a special place that has a small town atmosphere de-spite covering quite a large area. I recommend our excursion to walk the 1km circuit on top of the city walls, which will provide you with lovely views and show you all the city’s famous sites. In 2013, Londonderry was the inaugural UK City of Culture and now regu-larly hosts huge annual events (we will make sure to check what’s happening whilst you are there).
Donegal is a 60-minute drive from Londonderry and an area of outstanding natural beauty. Wild, untamed, extreme and rugged are all words that have been used to de-scribe the area. Here you are treated to views of Ireland’s highest cliffs, a dramatic coastline, dense forests and beautiful lakes. You will also find isolated yet charming pubs and restaurants along the coastline - I have heard that these are perfect places to stop off as you uncover Donegal’s impressive natural surroundings.
3 hours from Donegal is Galway, which, in my opinion, is one of the most unique and charming places in the whole of Ireland. The scenic harbour city has plenty of boutiques, shops and art galleries within its cobbled streets, but it is the traditional and brightly painted pubs offering live folk music that give Galway its fun atmosphere. We can also plan for you to visit the beautiful Connemara Peninsula and Aran Islands, where you will find many archaeological sites and tiny villages with friendly locals.
The vibrant and lively town of Limerick is just 1.5 hours from Galway. Our disabled holi-days often include a stop-off here as, due to the small city centre, it is easy to get around and see the sights. Our excursions can include King John’s Castle, the River Shannon and a handful of quirky art galleries. Limerick also features a thriving pub and cafe cul-ture.
Finally, complete a 2.5-hour drive to arrive at the famous city of Dublin. Here you will want to take an accessible tour of the city, soak up the atmosphere and do a tour of the Guinness Storehouse (accessible to wheelchair users). Finish your trip with a stroll to a local pub for a pint of the black stuff.
Ireland is like a treasure chest of beauty, as it combines raw and unique nature with an array of lively and welcoming cities. Self-drive disabled holidays allow you to travel at your own pace and avoid public transportation, so consider this itinerary if you want to have a truly relaxing and accessible holiday in Ireland.
Philip Scott is the owner and founder of Can be Done, a fully licensed UK tour operator specialising in disabled holi-days across the world for individuals and groups who are travelling with a handicap. With over 31 years’ experience organising long and short breaks for disabled travellers, Philip has built a reputation for helping his clients select hotels and accommodation that offer high standards of accessibility to ensure that those with special needs can experi-ence truly relaxing and carefree holidays.
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