Sika Lodge is adjacent to Killarney National Park with the Fossa Way path only minutes away for walking and cycling.
Situated next door to Killarney National Park, cycling is the obvious choice for many of our guests who wish to spend a day in the outdoors. There are a number of bike rental outlets in Killarney, so there’s no excuse!
Explore the many facets of Killarney National Park, from Knockreer, Ross, Muckross and beyond. The Fossa Way path is the most accessible from Sika Lodge, and from here you can access Knockreer and Ross Island areas of the National Park. From Sika Lodge, travel towards Killarney town (keeping in on the pedestrian side of the road if you wish to avoid the roundabout) and after a couple off hundred metres, you’ll see a bridge on your right leading onto the Fossa Way. Take a right for Fossa, or a left for the National Park.
This will take you directly to the 15th century ancestral home of the O’Donoghue clan, Ross Castle. From Ross you can enjoy a short loop cycle around Copper Mines of Ross Island and also take other detours to Governors Rock and Library Point.
Looking for a longer cycle in the area? The Ring of Kerry and Ring of the Reeks are 175km and 90km respectively, enough to satisfy most!
There is also a safe track suitable for all on the Muckross side of town which brings you all the way from the Flesk Bridge to Muckross and onto Torc and Dinis. Keep in mind walkers and jaunting cars also use this track.
If you want to prolong this spin around Muckross, the Muckross-Dinis loop cycle is a very enjoyable trip. Be sure to travel the loop in an anti-clockwise direction as you will be sharing the pathway with many walkers and cyclists. Stop off at Dinis Cottage for a snack before returning home. Beware, this path takes you out on the main Killarney-Kenmare road for a short distance before turning off again into the Park. This is a particularly busy stretch of road.
For the more adventurous and experienced cyclist, the Gap of Dunloe trip is a fantastic day out. Cycle out to Kate Kearney’s Cottage at the entrance to the Gap of Dunloe. From here take the narrow road up to the head of the Gap (caution advised as you will be sharing this very narrow road with walkers, jaunting cars and cars) and down the other side to Lord Brandon’s Cottage from where a boat will take you and bike back to Ross Castle. See www.killarneydaytour.com for more details and to book.
I can’t recommend Sika Lodge enough. The place is quite and easy to find. It is well located, close to nice touristic attractions and the lake. We got a beautiful and cosy room. Breakfast is so good. Serena is a great cook. I was really happy I went for the half irish breakfast, so I could taste some of the amazing homemade treats. She is also one of the kindest hosts I have ever met and really helpfull with information about the area. Looking forward to going back!