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:

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

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:

  • Parimatch Horse Racing

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    18+ New Customers opt in, deposit and bet £5 at odds 2.00+ on Horse Racing within 7 days of registration; excludes cashed out bets. Get 3x £10 Free Bets, set events only at odds 2.00+. Free Bets expire in 7 days. Card payments only. T&Cs Apply, see below. | | Please gamble responsibly

    Full T&C's Apply

  • Betfred Horse Racing

    Betfred Horse Racing
    BET £10 GET £60 IN BONUSES

    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 48 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.

    Full T&C's Apply

  • Coral Racing

    Coral Horse Racing

    18+ New UK+IRE customers. PayPal and certain deposit and bet types excluded. Min first £5 bet within 14 days of account reg at min odds 1/2 = 4 x £5 free bets valid for 7 days on sports, stake not returned, restrictions apply.

    Full T&C's Apply

  • 888 Racing

    888 Horse Racing
    BET £10 GET £30

    New customers only – Minimum deposit of £10 using deposit code 30F – A qualifying bet is a ‘real money’ stake of at least £10 placed on any sports market – Minimum odds of 1/2 (1.5) – Free bets credited upon qualifying bet settlement and expire after 7 days – Free bet stakes not included in returns – Deposit method and withdrawal restrictions apply.

    Full T&C's Apply

  • William Hill Racing

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    BET £10 GET £30 IN FREE BETS

    New customers using Promo code H30 only, Min £10/€10 stake, min odds 1/2, free bets paid as 2 x £15/€15, free bets credited after settlement of first qualifying bet, free bets will expire 30 days after the qualifying bet is placed, payment method/player/country restrictions apply.

    Full T&C's Apply

  • Ladbrokes Racing

    Ladbrokes Horse Racing

    18+ New UK+IRE customers. Paypal and certain deposit types and bet types excluded. Min £5 bet within 14 days of account reg at min odds 1/2 = 4 x £5 free bets. Free bets valid for 7 days on sports, stake not returned, restrictions apply.

    Full T&C's Apply

  • Unibet Horse Racing

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    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. Full T&Cs apply. #Ad

    Full T&C's Apply

  • BetVictor Horse Racing

    Betvictor Horse Racing
    BET £10 GET £40

    18+ New customers only. Opt in and place a £10 qualifying bet on Horse Racing at odds of 2.00+ within 7 days of registering; excludes cashed out bets. Receive 3x £10 Horse Racing Free Bets, valid on set events only at odds 2.00+. Plus, a £10 Slot Bonus, selected games, wager 20x to withdraw a max of £250. Bonuses expire in 7 days. Card payments only. T&Cs Apply, see below. Please Gamble Responsibly.

    Full T&C's Apply

  • Mr Play Sport

    Mr Play Sport
    BET £10 GET £15

    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.

    Full T&C's Apply

  • Betway Horse Racing

    Betway Sports

    New UK customers only. £10 Min Deposit. 100% matched free bet on your first deposit of £10. 1 x wagering at odds of 1.75+ to unlock Free Bets. Debit Card deposits only. This offer is valid for 7 days from your new account being registered. 18+. Bet The Responsible Way.

    Full T&C's Apply

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:


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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