Q & A: Irish Airports, Pets, and Wheelchairs
We asked our Twitter and Facebook friends to send us a few questions about Irish Travel. Here are three we thought we’d tackle today.
Can one travel from the USA to Ireland with their small dog? – Michelle Wentling via Facebook
You might be surprised to hear the answer is YES; you can bring your dog to Ireland. You’ll have to work with your veterinarian to get the equivalent of a Doggie Passport and work out your transportation details.
Would you recommend flying in to Dublin or Shannon? - Jessica Smith Mullins via Facebook
If I had my druthers, most tourists would arrive via Shannon Airport. It’s probably the easiest transatlantic airport in Europe, the surrounding road system is generally easier to maneuver than Dublin, there are a lot fantastic sites nearby, and did I mention it’s probably the easiest transatlantic airport in Europe?
I have not experienced Dublin’s new Terminal 2 yet, but I still think I’d choose Shannon.
Sadly, flights in and out of Shannon have been a casualty of the economic downturn. My advice… if you are traveling from an area with access to Shannon, or you can route layovers through cities with direct flights to Shannon, definitely go to Ireland’s West Coast airport. If your itinerary revolves around Dublin, the east coast, or parts of Northern Ireland, Dublin is your best bet.
Also, consider arranging your itinerary to fly into one airport and out of another. Then, you’ll get to experience both.
I am wheelchair dependent. How accessible is Ireland? Are there any tours for wheelchair dependent people? - Katharine Mulvaney via Twitter
Dr Jessie Voigts recently touched on this topic in her post about Disability Access in Ireland. From her experience and my own observations, larger shops, hotels, attractions, and even B&Bs do an average or better job of accommodating people with disabilities. However, restaurants, small shops, and towns with narrow sidewalks prove to be subpar.
Accommodations tend to be straight forward about their accessibility. Once you find a hotel or B&B that suits your needs, the proprietors are often quite helpful in making additional recommendations. You may find this list of Wheelchair-Friendly Hotels helpful, and don’t shy away from contacting B&Bs and inquiring about their accessibility as well.
Michele Erdvig and her online community at the www.IrelandYes.com Q&A Forum are always eager to share their Irish travel knowledge.