Racing in Ballinrobe

Ballinrobe Racecourse is an Irish racecourse which is in the north-western region of the country. It’s a short journey north of Galway, which is the most famous city in the local area. Ballinrobe Racecourse has everything you could be looking for when it comes to a national racecourse. That is to say; there’s beautiful scenery, an energetic atmosphere, not to mention a certain Irish charm!

Racing at Ballinrobe dates back as far as 1773, which makes it an area with a deep history in horse racing. Ballinrobe Racecourse itself was repurchased in 1921 however, and has hosted prestigious events ever since!

The course at Ballinrobe

Ballinrobe Racecourse can proudly claim itself to be one of the best racecourses in the entire country. A large part of this is because Ballinrobe Racecourse hosts both flat and national hunt events. Events which have seen it become a popular destination for horse racing the fans the world over.

Ballinrobe Racecourse can also boast a longer course for their jockeys to ride on. The track runs right-handed and is oval with nine furs with two and a half of those at the run-in. To complete the route, Ballinrobe Racecourse also comes with four hurdles and six fences along the circuit.

The track is home to many race day meetings throughout the year. In 2017 it had a fixture schedule which featured nine sessions. The race days at Ballinrobe Racecourse are primarily weekday meetings; with Mondays and Tuesdays being the prefered days.


Ballinrobe Racecourse isn’t the most accessible in terms of transport. Getting there by train isn’t ideal given the nearest station is in Claremorris, which is 21km away. There is an airport close to Ballinrobe for those travelling from the rest of the UK. However, the preferable transport method would be via car, as there is free parking just across from the course!

Overall Ballinrobe Racecourse is one of Ireland’s premier racecourses due to the beauty of its surroundings, and variation of races!

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