Giant's Causeway to introduce accessible buggy and multi-terrain wheelchairs
THE north’s most popular tourist destination, the Giant’s Causeway, is set to become more accessible to disabled visitors from the Spring.
A new accessible 10-seater electric buggy and new multi-terrain wheelchairs are expected to become available in early 2022.
The site, which had close to one million visitors before the onset of the Covid-19 pandemic in 2019, is owned and managed by the National Trust.
The Trust said the new vehicles represent its latest efforts to improve accessibility at the tourist destination.
It said the new electric buggy and the new wheelchairs will be available to book from the Spring.
The announcement came during a visit to the famous North Coast basalt columns by the UK's Work and Pensions Secretary, Therese Coffey.
“The Giant’s Causeway sounds like a place implausible to make accessible but if this National Trust site can make such advances, then I’m confident sites around the UK can become better places for disabled people to enjoy," she said.
“I’ve made it a priority to improve the everyday lives of disabled people and that isn’t limited to their jobs or their commute.
"It is also about their equal access to historical and cultural sites – as well as legends and the great outdoors.”
The Giant’s Causeway’s general manager Max Bryant, added: “As a conservation charity, we are committed to looking after this special place, and to welcoming visitors from home and abroad.”