When it comes to go karting Dublin doesn’t have a huge number of options.
Back in the day (OK, maybe 6 or 7 years ago!), there were several places to get your go karting kicks in Dublin, but many have ceased trading.
However, there’s still a couple in the capital and there’s also plenty of places to go go karting a short drive from Dublin, too, as you’ll discover below.
Places to try go karting in Dublin (or within a 1-hour drive of Dublin)
The first section of our guide looks at where you can head go karting in Dublin and within a 1-hour spin of the capital.
Below, you’ll find everywhere from Kylemore Karting (Dublin) and Athboy Karting Centre (Meath) to WhiteRiver Karting (Louth) and more.
1. Kylemore Karting
Kylemore Karting is now the only place to try go karting in Dublin, and it boasts three multi-level indoor tracks and 44 karts to choose from. It’s situated in Kylemore Industrial Estate, a 20-minute drive from Dublin city centre.
All the tracks at Kylemore Karting are similar in length, with the longest one being 360 metres and the shortest being 320 metres. Their 200 cc Sodi adult karts can reach 65 km/h and are equipped with 4 stroke Honda engines.
A trial session of 15 minutes will cost you €25, while 30 minutes will cost you €40. Kylemore Karting also has kids karts so you can bring your children here to try the experience!
2. WhiteRiver Karting (Louth)
WhiteRiver Karting is situated just off Exit 12 on the M1 in Dunleer, around a one-hour drive from Dublin. There are two main outdoor circuits here – the international circuit and the club circuit.
The former is 1,200 metres in length and 8 metres wide while the latter is slightly shorter, at a length of 900 metres and 8 metres wide.
WhiteRiver Karting uses Birel N35 karts that are 30 percent lighter than traditional karts and allow you to reach an impressive speed!
To access the club circuit you will have to pay €25 for 15 minutes and €40 for 30 minutes while the international circuit is slightly more expensive, costing €40 for 15 minutes and €60 for 30 minutes.
3. Athboy Karting Centre (Meath)
Athboy Karting Centre is located on the Delvin Road in, Athboy, around a one-hour drive from Dublin. This centre hosts yearly events such as the National Motorsports Ireland Karting Championship and the National Mini Moto Championship.
Athboy Karting Centre features 270 cc Sodi Karts that can be used by everybody above 13 years of age. A 20-minute race will cost you €30 while a 30-minute session is €40. There are also special discounts for kids from 13 to 15 years of age.
4. The Zone (Meath)
The Zone is an indoor go karting track in Navan, around a 50-minute drive from Dublin. This location has two types of 200 cc karts, the TBKART R15 and the SODI RX7 & RX8 karts. Both types of kart can reach a speed of 60 km/h.
Kids can also participate in the race but they must be at least 4 feet (124 cm) tall. You will have to register and take part in a safety briefing before trying the karts so make sure to arrive here at least 15 minutes earlier.
More places for go karting near Dublin (under a 1.5-hour drive)
Now that we have the spots to try go karting in Dublin and nearby out of the way, it’s time to see what else is on offer.
Below, you’ll find go karting companies under a 1.5 hour drive from the capital, with locations in Carlow, Newry and Longford.
1. The Grid Karting (Carlow)
You’ll find The Grid Karting in Strawhall in Carlow, just over a 1-hour drive from Dublin City, which is pretty doable!
This is an indoor go-kart track open five days a week from Wednesday to Sunday. Here you will find SODI go-karts that can reach a speed of 72 km/h.
Kids can also join but they need to be at least 10 years old and 130 cm in height. It is highly recommended to book in advance to avoid disappointment. A 15-minute session will cost you €20 while a 30-minute race is €35.
2. Midland Karting and Paintball (Longford)
Midland Karting in Longford is a little further afield, but you’ll reach it in just under a 1.5-hour drive from Dublin.
This structure features a 1,100-metre outdoor track open from 10 am to 6 pm from Tuesday to Sunday. According to online reviews, the staff is extremely friendly and helpful.
You need to be at least 4 feet and 8 inches (143 cm) tall in order to drive and you will have to book your session in advance through their website.
3. Formula Karting (Newry)
Formula Karting in Newery is around an hour and a half from Dublin. This structure is open seven days a week from 10 am to 10 pm (on Sunday the opening times can vary).
There are three tracks for you to choose from, from 450 to 500 metres in length. A 15-minute drive will cost you £20 while a 30-minute drive is £30.
Go karting Dublin: Where have we missed?
I’ve no doubt that we’ve unintentionally left out some brilliant places to go karting in Dublin from the guide above.
If you have a place that you’d like to recommend, let me know in the comments below and I’ll check it out!
FAQs about indoor and outdoor go karting in Dublin
We’ve had a lot of questions over the years asking about everything from ‘Where has the best outdoor tracks?’ to ‘Which is the cheapest?’.
In the section below, we’ve popped in the most FAQs that we’ve received. If you have a question that we haven’t tackled, ask away in the comments section below.
Where is there to go go karting in Dublin?
There’s currently just Kylemore Karting. There used to be a go karting spot in Santry, but that’s now closed, according to their website.
Where is there to try go karting near Dublin?
You’ll find The Zone (Meath), WhiteRiver Karting (Louth) and Athboy Karting Centre (Meath) under a 1-hour drive from Dublin.
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