Pedal Pursuits Bike Hire are a fully mobile bike hire business providing a collection and drop off service for customers.
Pick up can be arranged from accommodation and customers are brought to the Great Southern Trail starting points.
Pedal Pursuits Bike Hire also provides guided tours of the Great Southern Trail (GST) and pride themselves in having the good bikes and accessories so all the family can enjoy the region.
There are many great things to do and see while out cycling the GST.
Start with a visit to the Palatine Museum in Rathkeale located at the old railway building housing an exhibition that seeks to re-present in detail the Irish Palatine experience ranging from their German places of origin, to their colonisation and settlement in Ireland, and the beginning of the GST.
After visiting the Museum cycle along the old railway line (GST) following its every twist and turn, rise and dip passing through some beautifully constructed stone bridges until you come to Ardagh Station House. Pause and reflect for a while as this is where The Ardagh Hoard, best known for the Ardagh Chalice, was discovered. It is a hoard of metalwork from the 8th and 9th centuries.
Found in 1868, it is now on display in the National Museum of Ireland in Dublin. It consists of the chalice, a much plainer stemmed cup in copper-alloy, and four brooches, three elaborate pseudo-penannular ones, and one a true pennanular brooch of the thistle type; this is the latest object in the hoard, and suggests it may have been deposited around 900. The Chalice ranks with the Book of Kells as one of the finest known works of Insular art, indeed of Celtic art in general, and is thought to have been made in the 8th century AD.
Move along to Newcastle West (largest town in the county). This beautiful town boasts a treasure trove of things to do and see from the Castle Demesne - over 0.4 square kilometres (99 acres) of parkland with numerous forms of flora and fauna as well as playing areas and a sports field. The jewel in the crown is the Desmond Banqueting Hall and Castle built in the 15th century, this is a must see. Along with the aforementioned there are boutiques, restaurants and a lively nightlife.
Barnagh is the next stop, where you can visit the Barnagh Tunnel, an example of the work of skilled tradesmen and women who had very little equipment to tunnel out this 100 metre tunnel through the Barnagh hill. Cycle on to Templeglantine, Devon Road Station, through the gorgeous Tullig wood, on to Abbeyfeale and to Kilmorna on the Kerry border.