Located just 15 minutes by car from the Maldron Hotel Portlaoise, a family friendly owned cruise hire and bike hire company based on the Grand Canal, Vickarstown, County Laois. The fully equipped base is ideally located to explore both the Grand Canal and the River Barrow. The Grand Canal and the River Barrow waterways provide two completely different cruising experiences.
The ideal way to explore this part of hidden Ireland is at a leisurely pace by bicycle. Barrow Way Bike Hire, with their top quality hybrid, mountain and electric bikes, is at your service to ensure a memorable experience. They cater for individuals, families and groups.
Located in the beautiful village of Vicarstown, beside the Grand Canal and River Barrow, there is a selection of mapped routes for your bicycle tours in laois. Take a spin and discover for yourself the heritage and beauty of attractions such as the James Gandon-designed Emo Court and Gardens, the magnificent twelfth-century Round Tower of Timahoe and the historic Rock of Dunamase with its stunning views. Sample the hospitality in atmospheric hostelries such as the traditional thatch pub, Fisherman’s Inn, which is a charming 14km round trip from Vicarstown.
You may even want to combine your adventure with a trip on a cosy traditional-style barge on the ancient waterways, offered by thier other other award-winning family business, Barrowline Cruisers.
Even if you haven’t time for a barge trip, you can still soak up the tranquil ambience of the beguiling waterways by cycling along the tow paths and quiet country roads.
Choose from the Gazelle EM Impulse electric Dutch bike; Dawes Kalahari trekking bike; or the XC24V MTB hire bike. Barrowline hire CBR children’s bikes and the M-Wave children’s trailer. Bikes come equipped with helmet, lock, pump and puncture repair kit. Pannier bags can also be provided, if required.
Barrowline Cruisers is currently offering a 20% discount off all bikes and barge trips for Maldron Hotel guests, so if you’ve been thinking about getting out and about during your hotel break in Laois, we can get you moving.