Laytown racecourse is an extremely unique track as it is Ireland's only horse racing event run on a beach under the Rules of Racing. Laytown Racecourse is a seven-furlong straight track that is on a tidal beach. Racing takes place on just one day in September each year, with the races all run over either six or seven furlongs. Until the 2015 meeting, races commenced via a flag start, but stalls have now been introduced. People travel far and wide to witness the spectacle of horse racing on the beach in Ireland, with crowds in excess of 5,000 in attendance every year. As the tide recedes in the morning of race day, the race course is quickly set up allowing for six races of between six furlongs and one mile. The majority of racegoers watch the action from an elevated field above the strand which is set up for the day with temporary marquees which act as the weigh room, the jockeys’ room, bars and restaurants. Access to the beach is restricted while racing is underway. The meeting takes place on Tuesday the 12th of September and undoubtedly it is expected to be a fantastic day of racing.
Check out the upcoming race meetings at Laytown Racecourse and experience a proper day out.
Only 46 km north of Dublin. Take Junction 7 off the M1, (Dublin - Belfast motorway), follow R132 to Julianstown take R150 to Laytown.
Matthews Coaches depart from Dublin, Parnell Street, 1:00pm to Laytown return from Laytown 5:40pm to Dublin, Parnell Street. Visit Matthews Bus website for up to date information.
There are regular train services from Drogheda and Dublin (Connolly Station) to Laytown Station. There are shuttle buses available on race days from Laytown station to the course. Alternatively it is a 10 minute walk from the station to the racecourse.
Dublin airport is the nearest airport to the racecourse.