We have been renting out mobility scooters to tourists visiting Ireland for the past 8 years and we have put this short guide together which you may find useful.
Most hotels are very accommodating when it comes to mobility scooters but not all hotels are wheelchair/scooter accessible so it’s important to check with the hotel first. Some of the older hotels are exempt from current building regulations and don’t have wheelchair or mobility scooter ramps to bring the scooter in and out of the hotel.
Once we have your reservation name, date and approximate time of arrival we can have the mobility scooter delivered to the hotel before you arrive. On checkout you can leave the mobility scooter at reception and we can collect from there once you have left.
Dublin Airport / Car rental
Most likely you will be flying into Dublin airport and if coming from the US hopefully not on a Southwest flight. Dublin airport is our main airport and quite close to the city center. We can’t deliver mobility scooters to the airport terminal however if you or a travel companion will be renting a car from the airport then we can deliver the mobility scooter to the car rental desk in the airport.
Typically we will need your name, reservation number of car rental booking, flight number and date of arrival.
Our small mobility scooters break down easily into 4 parts and will fit in the trunk or the back seat. They will take up most if not all of the trunk space of a standard sedan/saloon car so you need to consider this when it comes to how much luggage you can bring.
Battery distance / Range anxiety
Our standard size mobility scooter will travel up to 10km (6.2 miles) on a full charge. The distance achieved will depend on a number of factors including the person’s weight along with the type of terrain it is being driven on. If you will be travelling around Ireland and have concerns about battery distance then we can provide a backup battery pack in case it’s needed.
Staying in Airbnb homes is very popular in Ireland and there is no issue with us delivering/collecting from these places. Like the hotels, if you will need to drive the scooter in and out of the Airbnb home, we would recommend contacting the host and finding out if it’s wheelchair/scooter accessible. Also, some hosts may have restrictions in terms of when or where we can deliver to so it’s a good idea to find out about this prior to booking.
We will need contact information for the host and your date and approximate time of arrival in order to book the rental.
Recharging the batteries
We all need to recharge our batteries and the mobility scooters are no different. We recommend recharging the scooter batteries every night while you are busy sipping Jameson. They need a good 8 hour charge so overnight is the easiest way to do this. It’s important not to charge them for less than this time. The charger will switch off when the batteries are fully charged so there is no issue with leaving them plugged in.
The scooters we rent have removable battery packs so the scooter could be left in a car trunk for example and the battery pack brought in to charge.
An Irish summer is when the rain gets a little warmer. It rains here, a lot! If you will be travelling around a lot then request a poncho with the mobility scooter which you can keep in the basket or seat pocket and use as needed. The poncho is designed for mobility scooters so it will cover you and the front of the mobility scooter, keeping all the important parts dry.
Thankfully people don’t generally steal mobility scooters but in saying that we recommend removing the key when not in use and don’t leave the scooter unattended for too long. As the scooter has a maximum speed of 4mph they aren’t going to get very far!