Amy's Trip to Ayr!
Sociability Community Member
Sep 9, 2022
We know that travelling when you’re disabled can be tricky. Navigating the planning and logistics, the travel there and back and that’s not even considering managing the accessibility when you get there! That’s why we love to hear about your views and experiences travelling.
Sociability recently spoke to Amy, one of our fab ambassadors to hear about her latest adventure.
Hello Amy! Where did you go on holiday recently?
I have just come back from a lovely holiday, in Ayr, Scotland where I stayed in an adapted caravan at Haven Craig Tara.
I was apprehensive at first at how accessible the caravan would be considering they are normally quite small, but I was pleasantly surprised.
The holiday was also affordable which is nice to see as normally adapted accommodation is ridiculously expensive. We paid £800 for 7 nights and this included stay and play passes which meant we could use the swimming pool, arcade, entertainment etc. If you’d like to find out more about Haven Craig Tara, visit their website here.
How accessible was the caravan?
The caravan was great for my needs as a full-time wheelchair user, there was plenty of space to move around and the rooms were a great size. The kitchen was fully adapted too, which was great! There were two main bedrooms in the caravan, one specifically for the disabled guest with lots of room and additional storage for medical equipment and the room has two beds which were just a bit bigger than a single. There was another room which wasn’t fully accessible however some wheelchair users may be able to get down the middle of the beds.
How accessible were the surrounding areas?
The Haven site was accessible, all eateries were step-free and had medium-sized accessible toilets. The swimming pool provided a pool chair that you could transfer into, someone would then push you into the water via the ramp and then float into the water, this process was super easy. Craig Tara had an adjoining small beach, unfortunately, there was no beach chair or other access measures. The park was flat however depending on where your caravan was there were some areas with hills, but the terrain was flat and even.
Additionally, the local area was flat, however, there weren’t huge amounts to do. There was however a beach, farm and places to eat nearby. Unfortunately, the beach didn’t have a beach chair or other access measures, but the beachfront was lovely and flat. You’d definitely have to do some research before arriving to plan what you would like to do that suits your access needs - but there are definitely accessible areas to explore!
And finally… would you go again?
Oh yes, it was an amazing week - I would really recommend Craig Tara and Ayr to other disabled people, and I really enjoyed my stay!
A massive thank you to Amy for sharing her trip with us - we love to see what you get up to and how accessible it is.