Kells Road Race

Kells Intro

The Kells Road Race is held in Co. Meath which is approximately an hour from Dublin and two hours from Belfast.

Kells Road Races is said to be the second biggest event in Ireland, with Skerries up top.

The circuit is named after the village Crossakiel and measures 2.2 miles.

The Crossakiel circuit is amazing; it contains everything from wide, fast main roads to tight narrow back roads and the famous adrenaline fuelled jumps.

'The jumps' is one of the most iconic and photographed section of any circuit in Ireland as the riders are catapulted through the air at speeds of over 150mph.

This event has the ability to transform the little village of Crossakiel into a hive of race enthusiasts. Just imagine a complete paddock being assembled in an empty field, Motorhomes making camp in the most prime locations and then other people pitching tents by the roadside. Two village pubs crammed full, food vendors around the village and other things like the dyno tuners working late. All builds the atmosphere for the event even before the racing has begun.

 


 

Directions to the Crossakiel Circuit

From Belfast

Satellite Navigation may take slight different routes but I have tried to find the simplest way possible.

From both airport and ferryport it is very easy to find the M1. follow signs for South and Dublin

Leave the M1 at junction 8 onto A1 still marked for South

The A1 changes into the N1 and then changes to M1 again.

This is a new Motorway as were now on the other side of the border.

We start on the M1 at junction 18 we need to follow it down to junction 14

At junction 14 we follow the signs - N33 towards Ardee

When we reach Ardee turn left onto N2 towards Slane this is a very short section of our journey through the town of Ardee

Watch out for the two castles on the left we will turn right at the second castle onto the N52 towards Mullingar

We follow the N52 for approximately 15 miles when we get closer to Kells there are several roundabouts and a staggered cross roads to navigate. The important thing to remember is just follow the N52 until we get to a roundabout that has signs for the N3 we need to join the N3 not the motorway

Once on the N3 the next roundabout takes us towards Crossakiel on the R163

Follow the R163 for 2.5 miles. The road appears to fork. However there is a left turn here and you’re now heading into Crossakiel

The next right is Crossakiel heights where the entrance to the paddock is found on your left.

 

From Dublin

From the Airport follow the signs onto the M50 south, leave M50 at junction 6 onto the N3 towards Navan

From the docks follow the signs onto M50 through the Dublin Port Tunnel. There are tolls on this road – leave M50 at junction 6 onto the N3 towards Navan

The N3 changes onto the M3 and there are 2 sets of tolls on this route 

The M3 ends at a roundabout where the road continues as the N3.  Once on the N3 the next roundabout takes us towards Crossakiel on the R163

Follow the R163 for 2.5 miles. The road appears to fork. However there is a left turn here and you’re now heading into Crossakiel

The next right is Crossakiel heights where the entrance to the paddock is on your left.

The organisers of the event have generously put out very good signage to help people find the road races, these are mostly red arrows or the words road races at the junctions. When you reach the fork in the road if you miss the left turn I mentioned don’t worry. You’re on the circuit now and if you turn left at the next junction this brings us back to the paddocks.

Depending on the time of day and type of vehicle the toll charges could amount to 13 Euro each dircection. These toll charges can be payed electronically or by cash. Obviously toll roads can be avoided but in most cases add to lengthy journey times and fuel costs and if you get lost just adds frustration. Toll Rates for dublin tunnel, Toll Rates for the M3 Remember there are two tolls on the M3


 

 Accomodation

Camping

Around the race circuit where the Grandstands were. There was motorhomes making camp not sure if the motorhomes had electricity or paying for pitching fees. Other motorhomes had made camp in parking laybys. In the village square and patches of grass near the convenience shop people were pitching tents

The Headfort Arms Hotel

Headfort arms

This hotel is found in Kells only 10 mins drive away from the race circuit Crossakiel

The hotel was first built in the mid-18th century and has undertaken several extensions and refurbishments, the hotel has won some very prestigious awards for their Vanilla Pod Restaurant and the hospitality from all the staff. There is spa facilities as well as off-street parking.

In 2010, the Headfort Arms won the coveted National Gold Medal Award for Best 3 Star Hotel in Ireland.

Teach Cuailgne B&B

Teach Cuailgne BB

Teach Cuailgne B & B is set in a comfortable luxury dormer 10 minutes away from the race circuit Crossakiel. Teach Cuailgne has a 3* rating with Fáilte Ireland and offers you a comfortable stay in your "home from home" with true Irish hospitality.

The B&B is found in Carlanstown which is 5 mins from Kells towards Ardee. You shouldn’t have any trouble finding the B&B as it’s just set back of the main Rd. The owners have a large drive which may be handy for taking your bike of the street.

Here would make an excellent base from which to explore Kells, Crossakiel and all of Co. Meath.


Other Stuff

 

 

The Halfway House is less than 2km away from the Race circuit and they are offering extra entertainment.

The halfway house add

 

The Welcome Wagon is a pub in the village square that also has a convience store attached. On the same street there is a second pub called McCabes. Not sure which pub was doing food however my belief is that the other pub had live bands on during race wekend

 


 Useful Info

Food

For the sake of topping up your camping supplies we traveled 10mins into Kells and found a supermarket called Supervalu, this is a sizeable store with lots of choice of food, beers and wines. To find the store was very easy. follow the N52 from the circuit towards Kells, all well sign posted take the road R147 and the supermarket is on the right hand side after the Aldi store. We found that the Supervalu was open at the weekend later than Aldi, this was much apprecited when we arrived late on the Friday night.

If you would prefer just a hot fish and chips the chip shop was only a few minutes futher down the same road.

 

 

Taxi Phone numbers
Sheenan Cabs (087) 917 4228
Cumiskey Martin (046) 924 1202
Kells Cabs 4 Or 6 Seater (046) 924 0415