Eastgate Shopping Centre, Inverness
This review is especially helpful for those who have or use the following: Mobility Scooter
Eastgate Shopping Centre has all the shops that you would expect in a Shopping Centre. It is also very wheelchair accessible shopping centre.
Transport & Parking
If you plan on traveling to the shopping centre by public transport then you have a number of options - If you're travelling by air then Inverness Airport is located 9 miles east of the city of Inverness and fifteen minutes’ drive from the city centre on the A96. If you're travelling by bus then buses run regularly to the centre’s Falcon Square entrance and to the Inverness Bus Station and Union Street. Also Inverness Bus Station is situated at Farraline Park and is a short walking distance to Eastgate Shopping Centre, it would be a good idea to phone stagecoach at least 48 hours before you plan to depart to say that you plan on taking a wheelchair on the bus. If you plan by taxi then there are several taxi ranks in Inverness city centre, including outside the bus station, train station and at Eastgate Shopping Centre alongside Falcon Square. Also, Inverness Train Station is on Academy Street and right next door to the shopping centre. There are two car parks to choose from, the Eastgate Car Park and the Falcon Gallery Car Park. The Eastgate Car Park is right beside Millburn road. The Falcon Gallery Car Park can be accessed from Millburn Road, each car park has loads of disabled car parking spaces and are located close to Shopmobility and near lifts within the car parks.
The entrance located to the side of the accessible parking bays. There is level paths into the shopping centre. The main doors open automatically witch is very beneficial for wheelchair users. There is also acsess from the rear of the shopping centere however the access for wheelchairs is poor.
There are two sets of public toilets within Eastgate Shopping Centre. These are in the upper mall in the Centre (above Ernest Jones) and the lower mall next to the food court. Both sets of public toilets include accessible toilets for people with disabilities. In addition, the link bridge to Morrison’s supermarket provides further accessible toilets for people with disabilities. There is an intercom outside which will connect to the security department for any disabled person to use.
I only spoke to the security officer and he was nice and helpful.