Rent a bike from Dick’s Bike Hire and let the adventure begin!

East Galway sees the launch of a new Portumna based bike hire business this week, reflecting the growing interest in the region since the launch of Failte Ireland’s Hidden Heartlands brand in 2018. Dick’s Bike Hire, based at the award-winning Podumna Glamping Village in the heart of Portumna Town, will offer the opportunity to hire a very diverse range of bikes to suit all abilities. Dick, Liz and Neasa Ridge are the local family team behind the venture and say that their guests at Podumna have consistently asked for such a service to be provided.

“This is a natural evolution of our glamping business and offers our guests the opportunity to explore Portumna, East Galway and indeed the whole of the Hidden Heartlands. Dick’s Bike Hire is our vote of confidence in our town and our region. We have so much to offer in terms of stunning landscapes, incredible heritage and a very warm East Galway welcome. For the last few seasons our guests at Podumna have been enquiring about bike hire so we took the plunge and can now offer a really diverse range of bikes, not alone to our guests, but to anyone who wants to take to two wheels on our lovely local roads. Right here in Portumna, we have miles and miles of trails in Portumna Forest Park, and also the opportunity to visit places like Portumna Castle and The Irish Workhouse Centre. Further afield you can cycle along the shores of Lough Derg and to the banks of the Shannon at historic Meelick, and even make your way to Woodford in the beautiful Sliabh Aughty Mountains”, said Dick Ridge.

At Dick’s Bike Hire, Portumna, we have a bike to suit everyone.

Dick’s Bike Hire offers standard adult and children’s bikes, mountain bikes, electric bikes, tandem bikes and even a four-wheel bike for adventurous families. All bikes come with helmets and high vis vests. The business will also provide satellite bike hire stations in towns across the Hidden Heartlands such as Woodford and Loughrea in Galway, Lorrha in Tipperary and Daingean in Offaly.

Athlone to Galway Greenway

“With the development of the Athlone to Galway greenway which will come through East Galway, we will be able to offer tourists the opportunity to spend a few days in this beautiful and yet to be discovered region. They can choose to base themselves in Portumna or any of our local towns and we will be able to offer them an excellent bike hire opportunity on site. For example, you could begin your holiday in Portumna, spend a night in Woodford, another in Loughrea and finally end up in Athenry, exploring every town and village along the way. For Dick, Neasa and I, the greenway is the future of tourism in East Galway and we want to play our part in making it happen”, said Liz Ridge.


Get on yer bike and explore Ireland’s Hidden Heartlands.