Which Bike to use
Any type of mountain bike or hybrid will work fine here.
There is toilet facilities at the carpark. The trail markings here are better than on any other Coillte mountain bike trail, because at various points they provide the user with distances back to the carpark. This is probably more for the benefit of walkers. There is also park benches dotted around the forest, so you really can enjoy the shores of Lough Derg.
I have to say that I really liked Portumna. It is a small town that borders the Shannon River. As a result there is lots of nice restaurants and B&B’s in the area. There is also great views of the Shannon, nice walks and The Shannon Oaks Hotel and leisure facilities in the town. The trails are dead easy here but, I recommend that anyone who enjoys cycling should head there to spend a day or two, riding the three short trails and just enjoying the area.
From Portumna take the R352 towards Mountshannon, the park entrance is 1km from the town on the left hand side.