Killarney Racecourse

Welcome to our official guide to Killarney Racecourse.

Nicknamed ‘Ireland’s most scenic racecourse, Killarney Racecourse is situated just a kilometre south of the picturesque town Killarney; popular with tourists from all over the world. The course has views overlooking the grounds of Ross Castle and is well known for its greenery and scenery… as well as some great racing, of course!

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 Killarney Racecourse

Overview of Killarney Races

The town of Killarney is one of the most popular tourist hotspots in the whole of Ireland, well renowned for its scenery, heritage buildings and Irish cultural sites. It even won the award for the country’s tidiest town in 2011!

Killarney Racecourse lives up to the hype you’d expect for this area and has been home to horse racing since the early 1800s.

Killarney hosts both flat and National Hunt racing, with most meets taking place in the evening – ideal for those who will appreciate the sunset across the landscape setting.

As Killarney is so popular with tourists and therefore attracts many who aren’t typical or routine race-goers, there is no set dress code and smart-casual attire is encouraged. This does lend many races a more informal feel than may be found at racecourses elsewhere, but many choose to dress up and the typical occasions of Ladies Day and other special events are always full of cocktail dresses and elaborate headgear.

Today, there are many hospitality options at Killarney and it is a favourite amongst Irish businesses for corporate entertaining.

Killarney Racecourse History

Despite being in one of the country’s premier tourist areas, not as much is known about the history of Killarney Racecourse.

In the region, the first recorded instance of horse racing was back in 1822. The current course was opened in 1936 and hasn’t moved since, although it did close temporarily as a result of the coronavirus pandemic.

Over the years Killarney has enjoyed much investment and has seen redevelopment and refurbishment as a result, with some expansion and enviable tourist traffic that other Irish racecourses simply don’t attract.

Main Races and Events at Killarney Racecourse

Killarney Racecourse does attract some high-class racehorses, particularly for its big events.

The Kingdom Gold Cup is the richest race on offer through its four-day August festival with the Ruby Stakes also attracting some big names.

The Cairn Rouge Stakes during the July festival takes place on Ladies’ Day and is closely contested by the Bourn Vincent Memorial Handicap Chase and the Bunkers Handicap Hurdle.

Killarney Racecourse Map

There are two courses at Killarney, the flat and national hunt track, both below.

Killarney Flat Course

Below is a map of the Killarney flat course:

Killarney Racecourse Map

The left-handed oval track measures just over nine and a half furlongs.

The sharp track presents a challenge with the first bend after the winning post being extremely tight. Although having tight bends throughout the long run-in means that Killarney is deemed a fair track.

Killarney Jumps Track

Below is a map of Killarney’s national hunt course:

Killarney Jumps TrackFor National Hunt racing the sharp track also presents a challenge, with six fences to a circuit and three in the dog-legged home straight. The run-in on the jumps is approximately a furlong long, meaning the lead can change frequently after the last jump.

Conditions can get quite testing in winter.

Killarney Racecourse Address

The address of Killarney Racecourse is:

Killarney Racecourse
Ross Road
County Kerry

How To Get To Killarney Racecourse

The ways to get to Killarney races are:

  • By foot – Killarney Racecourse is located just 1km south of the town of Killarney. The town itself is very accessible from a variety of transport routes and as a result, the racecourse is very well connected.
  • By road – Killarney is accessible on major routes from every city on the Emerald Isle. Killarney itself has a bus station and train station less than a half-mile from the racecourse, with regular services from every major city.
  • By air – Kerry Airport is just a 15-min drive away and Cork and Shannon Airports are both less than 2-hours away, and both receive international flights. Helicopter landing can be booked via prior arrangement with the racecourse directly.
  • By boat – Killarney’s location means that, somewhat unusually, it’s also well connected by sea. Ferries from Rosslare, Dublin, Dun Laoghaire, Belfast and Larne dock at its seaport, and even the occasional international cruise liner!

Hotels near Killarney Racecourse

Killarney is one of the premier tourist hotspots in the whole of Ireland, so there are plenty of accommodation options for those visiting Killarney Racecourse.

Airbnb boasts lots of local listings for those looking to stay somewhere a little less traditional, but you’ll also find a variety of chain and indie hotels, B&Bs, pub rooms and guesthouses. There are lots of large spa-type hotels catering for visitors and the most popular (and highly rated) are currently Killarney Dromhall Hotel, Muckross Park Hotel & Spa, the Killarney Heights Hotel and the Killarney Plaza.

For more budget options, visitors will find some cheaper budget hotels as well as varying levels of hostels. Most online booking sites will allow you to filter by the price but if you’re looking for a less expensive accommodation choice, be sure to book in advance – as you have regular tourists as well as other race-goers to compete with for the rooms. At British Racecourses we often recommend booking via, check out their great offers today:

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Betting Shops Local to Killarney Racecourse

Killarney Racecourse has independent bookmakers situated between the two main stands, as well as two branches of Ladbrokes Racing on-site.

Hospitality suites enjoy table service from bookmaker representatives on major event days.

Mobile signal at Killarney Racecourse is good, so race-goers can bet online with the preferred bookmakers of their choice as desired.

In the nearby town of Killarney, you’ll find two branches of Paddy Power horse racing, two branches of Boyle Sports horse racing and one Ladbrokes betting shop. All show races where available from all of Ireland’s racecourses are shown in these shops, as well from Killarney down the road whenever possible.

It’s not standard to receive free WiFi with a hotel booking in Ireland so if you intend to bet online you may need to do so using your mobile data ahead of your travel to the course.

Killarney Fixtures

Below are the fixture dates for 2022 at the Killarney Racecourse:

  • Sunday 15th May
  • Monday 16th May
  • Tuesday 17th May
  • Monday 11th July
  • Tuesday 12th July
  • Wednesday 13th July
  • Thursday 14th July
  • Friday 15th July
  • Thursday 18th August
  • Friday 19th August
  • Saturday 20th August
  • Saturday 1st October
  • Sunday 2nd October

Killarney Races 2023

Here is the horse racing calendar for Killarney Races in 2023:

Date Day Track
14/05/2023 Sunday Killarney
15/05/2023 Monday Killarney
16/05/2023 Tuesday Killarney
17/07/2023 Monday Killarney
18/07/2023 Tuesday Killarney
19/07/2023 Wednesday Killarney
20/07/2023 Thursday Killarney
21/07/2023 Friday Killarney
24/08/2023 Thursday Killarney
25/08/2023 Friday Killarney
26/08/2023 Saturday Killarney
30/09/2023 Saturday Killarney
01/10/2023 Sunday Killarney

Check out our guide for the full list of Ireland’s 2022 horse racing fixtures.

Best Killarney Races Betting Sites

At British Racecourses we often recommend betting online and via betting apps. This is because you can often get the best odds, great offers when signing up and you can place bets quickly and safely without having to queue.

If you are looking to bet online we recommend the following great deals with some amazing offers for new customers:

  • bet365 Horse Racing

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  • Betfred Horse Racing

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    New UK customers only. Register using the promo code BETFRED60, deposit and place first bet of £10+ on Sports (cumulative Evens+) within 7 days of registration. First bet must be on Sports. £20 in Free Bets to be used on Sports, £10 in Free Bets to be used on Lotto and 50 Free Spins (20p per spin) credited within 10 hours of bet settlement. Further £20 in Free Bets credited 5 days after settlement. Bonuses have a 7-day expiry. Payment restrictions apply. SMS verification and/or Proof of I.D and address may be required.

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  • William Hill Horse Racing

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    One of the best horse racing bookies in the UK. William Hill are one of our favourites here at British Racecourses.

    18+. Play Safe. From 00:01 on 18.10.2022. £30 bonus. New customers only. Minimum £10 stake on odds of 1/2 (1.5) or greater on sportsbook (excluding Virtual markets). Further terms apply. #ad

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  • Betfair Horse Racing

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  • Spreadex Betting App

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    The spread-betting side of things is one of the best on the market and Spreadex should definitely be considered for those looking to dabble on horse racing bets.

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  • Paddy Power Horse Racing

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    Paddy Power is one of the best online and high street bookmakers in the UK and Ireland.

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  • BoyleSports Horse Racing

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    BoyleSports is legitimate market-leading Irish bookmaker with amazing sign up bonuses for new customers.

    New UK customers (Excluding NI) only. Mobile exclusive. Min stake £10. Min odds Evs. Free bet applied on 1st settlement of any qualifying bet. 30 days to qualify. Free bets expire in 7 days. Cashed out/Free Bets won’t apply. Payment method restrictions. 1 Free Bet offer per customer, household & IP Address only. 18+. T&C’s Apply **18+. UK/IRE customers only. Max refund £/€20. Win or win part of e/w outright singles only. 5 or more runners. 1st bet on each race. Free bet expires after 7 days. Free/void/antepost bets don’t qualify. Unnamed 2nd Favs don’t qualify.

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  • BetUK Horse Racing

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  • 888 Horse Racing

    888 Horse Racing
    Regularly voted one of the UK’s best bookies and betting sites, we love the easy-to-use website, best odds, live streaming and variety of sports offered.

    Min deposit £/€/$10 • A qualifying bet is a ‘real money’ stake of at least £/€/$10 • Min odds 1/2 (1.50) • Free Bets are credited upon qualifying bet settlement and expire after 7 days • Free Bet stakes are not included in returns • Casino Bonus must be claimed within 7 days, wins are capped at £/€/$500 • To withdraw bonus/related wins, you must wager the bonus amount up to 40 times its value within 14 days • Casino Bonus expires after 60 days • Casino Bonus can be used on selected games in casino only • Restrictions apply to withdrawals, payment methods & countries.

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  • Ladbrokes Horse Racing

    Ladbrokes Horse Racing
    Ladbrokes is firmly established as one of the best horse racing betting sites. If you are looking for a new betting platform or betting app, they are a great choice.

    18+ New UK+IRE Customers only. Certain deposit methods & bet types excl. Min first £/€5 bet within 14 days of account reg at min odds 1/2 to get 4x £/€5 free bets. Free bets available to use on selected sportsbook markets only. Free bets valid for 7 days, stake not returned. Restrictions apply.

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  • BetVictor Horse Racing

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    Punters love the BetVictor betting site rating it one of the top horse racing betting sites for a whole range of reasons, including BOG, live streaming, tips and more.

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  • Unibet Horse Racing

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    One of the more new horse racing betting sites UK-wide, Unibet is gathering a lot of new punters and fans, who enjoy its easy-to-use website.

    18+ New customers only. Min deposit £10. Money back as bonus if first racing bet loses. Wagering: sportsbook 3x at min. odds of 1.40 (2/5), casino 50x. Sports bonus must be wagered before using the casino bonus. Bonus expires 7 days after opt-in.

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  • Coral Horse Racing

    Coral Horse Racing
    Coral is one of the most established and oldest of all UK bookmakers. They have stood the test of time and are of the best online bookmakers you can choose from.

    18+ New UK+IRE Customers only. Certain deposit methods & bet types excl. Min first £5 bet within 14 days of account reg at min odds 1/2 to get 1x £20 free bets. Free bets available to use on selected sportsbook markets only. Free bets valid for 7 days, stake not returned. Restrictions apply. 

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  • Betfair Exchange

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    The Betfair Exchange allows customers to bet against each other rather than betting against a traditional bookmaker. The £50 free bet for exchange punters is a great sign up bonus.

    Max £20 refund on first bet. Bet must be placed in first 7 days of account opening. Payment restrictions apply for the promotion.

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  • Mr Play Sport

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    Looking for a betting website with a different and modern approach? This leading betting site is gaining fans across the UK, check them out today to find out more.

    18+, Welcome Bonus: New Players only, 1st Deposit, Min Deposit: £10, max £15 bonus, valid for 14 days, bets must be placed at a min. odds of 1/1 (2.00) or greater and be settled within 14 days of placement. System bets no eligible.

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  • Parimatch Horse Racing

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    BET £10 GET £35
    One of the new horse racing betting sites around, Parimatch is also one of the best online bookies in the UK. Increasingly popular for all sports betting.

    18+ New customers only. Opt in and bet £10 on any Horse Racing market at odds 2.00+ in 7 days. No cash out. Get 6x £5 Horse Racing free bets+ £5 slot bonus, 20x wagering to withdraw max £250. Free bets expire in 24h and bonuses in 7 days. Card payments only. | | Please gamble responsibly.

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  • Grosvenor Horse Racing

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  • Betway Horse Racing

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    Betway is another one which made the best online bookie list thanks to a range of sports, great odds, customer service and slick betting app interface.

    New customers only. Min Deposit: £10. First deposit matched up to £10. 1 x wagering at odds of 1.75+ to unlock Free Bet. Debit Card deposits only. Deposit method restrictions apply. This offer is valid for 7 days from your new account being registered.18+. Bet The Responsible Way.

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All of the above horse racing betting sites were reviewed very favourably, many of these are also new Irish betting sites.

Other Events Held at Killarney

Killarney Racecourse hosts lots of race meets through the summer evenings which are popular with tourists and locals alike. It also hosts occasional gigs and live music events which often attract people from other counties and even countries to visit!

Killarney Weather

It’s always good to keep up the weather, so you can’t predict both the going conditions and what to wear the horse races is appropriate. Check out the weather for Killarney:


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Killarney Racecards

The racecards for the Killarney are released the day before the races take place, find out where to view racecards here – tomorrow’s racecards and today’s racecards. In these, you will get an advance look at all the runners and riders.

You can also of course purchase a racecard from the track which carries much of the same useful information.

Summary of Killarney Racecourse

Killarney has one of the most beautiful racecourses in Ireland and indeed the world.

Setting in the stunning Irish countryside it hosts racing all year round on the flat and over the jumps. The racing is of top-quality and races are contested by leading jockeys and trainers.

If you are looking for either a high-class day of racing or just a great day out, be sure to add Killarney to your list.

A must visit and highly recommended.

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