In Ireland sunny days are few and far between so when they happen we know we need to seize the opportunity and head to the beach with the masses. But, if you have ever tried visiting the beach in a wheelchair you know that sand and wheels do not mix. Beach wheelchairs allow people of all ages and abilities to have easier access to and enjoy our beaches. The beach wheelchair’s specially designed wheels allow it to travel across sandy beaches with ease and provides an opportunity for people with mobility issues to enjoy what most people take for granted – a day at the beach and a dip in the sea.
So we know beach wheelchairs help wheelchair users to access our lovely beaches but which beaches have this facility and how to avail of it. A beach wheelchair service is currently available at 23 beaches located in eight counties.
Wexford County Council was the first local authority to introduce beach wheelchairs and is to be commended for their initiative to make their beaches more accessible. Wexford’s beach wheelchair service is currently provided at seven of their beaches: Ballinesker, Carne, Curracloe (White Gap), Duncannon, Morriscastle, Kilmore Quay and Rosslare Strand. Wexford County Council have a resource on their website that provides booking information for their beach wheelchairs, some of which can be booked online.
Six other local authorities, Kerry County Council, Fingal County Council, Donegal County Council, Clare County Council, Sligo County Council and Louth County Council have also taken the initiative. Beach wheelchairs are available at the following beaches:
In Galway City, Ability West provide beach wheelchair facilities for Salthill beach.
While the beach wheelchair service provided at these beaches is free of charge, to avoid disappointment, it is to book in advance. To ensure an enjoyable and safe experience terms & conditions apply to the use of the beach wheelchairs. We call on other local authorities around Ireland to join and extend this initiative to help wheelchair users have access to more of our lovely beaches so they and their families can enjoy many days out at the seaside.
Wexford – Check out booking details on Wexford County Council’s website: Carne, Curracloe, Duncannon, Morriscastle, Rosslare Strand, Kilmore Quay, Ballinesker
Louth – Clogherhead: Celtic Canoes Clogherhead, contact David Reddy 085 8758092
Clare – Kilkee: contact Kilkee Waterworld 065 9056855 ; Lahinch: contact Lahinch Seaworld on 065 7081900