Jean and I headed to Galway last Monday to visit my sister Anita and her husband Jim. This was not going to be a road trip like last year just a straight up and home again. We headed from home in mid morning and stopped for a bite to eat in Corbett Court, Ballyhea. Jean had a chicken panini and I had a BLT both came with chips and side salad and were very enjoyable. Parking was plentiful, the restaurant was very accessible and the disabled toilet was clean and accessible. Top marks on my disability scale. Anita & Jim’s apartment was beautiful and perfectly accessible. After the drive up we just camped down for the rest of the day.
Tuesday morning Jean and headed out towards Eyre Square in the city centre. The city is accessible enough especially with help up the hilly bits. It was disappointing to find that so many of the coffee shops and restaurants have toilet facilities upstairs or they have a lump of a step at the front door making access difficult. There was a complete absence of signage indicating accessible restaurants. We went to the Imperial hotel on Eyre Square for a cuppa and a scone. The hotel is accessible and the disabled toilet was perfect so top marks on my disability scale but the less said about the scone and the service the better. We drove out to the Galway Crystal Factory for a look around. There is ample parking, although I didn’t notice designated spaces, and the showroom is easily accessible. I forgot to ask about the toilet facilities so I can’t comment. We then headed over to The Galway Shopping Center for a cuppa. Car parking was at a premium with all the designated spaces occupied but as with all modern shopping centers access was easy. The disabled toilet was clean and accessible. After the cuppa we headed back to the apartment.
Wednesday morning arrived and it was time to head for home. We stopped off for a cuppa in Bunratty. There was no problem with parking as the tourists haven’t arrived in numbers yet. There is a lift to the first floor restaurant which served a lovely scone for Jean and a slice of apple pie for myself. Food and service were fine. The disabled toilet is on the ground floor and is also fine. There was a small lip at both entrance doors to the shops which were not difficult for me but could pose problems for unaccompanied people and especially people in wheelchairs carrying a bit of extra weight. 4 out of 5 on my disability scale.