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Rally of the Lakes


The Rally of the Lakes 2024


The iconic Rally of the Lakes is back this May Bank Holiday Weekend, and it promises to rev up your spirits like never before! Raising from its humble beginnings in 1979, this decades-long tradition slowly developed into one of Ireland’s largest rallying events. Imagine hearing the roar of powerful engines echoing through the valleys, and watching unique rally cars speeding through the courses with heart-pounding excitement. Without a doubt, the Rally of the Lakes brings a spark of excitement to otherwise quiet countryside making it a highly anticipated event of the season.


What to Expect


Scrutineering and Ceremonial Start

This year’s rally will kick off with scrutineering of cars at 1.00 pm on Friday, May 3rd, setting the stage for a thrilling weekend filled with speed, skill, and pure rally magic. In addition, the traditional ceremonial start on Main Street on Friday night adds to the anticipation and builds up the adrenaline for what is sure to be an unforgettable experience. If you want to check out the amazing rally cars and drivers before the big competition starts, the above is the perfect opportunity to do so.

Exciting Competitions

With hopes for a full-capacity entry, this year’s Rally of the Lakes expects record crowds. Whether you’re a die-hard motorhead or an adventure enthusiast, this event promises to captivate you with its blend of speed and spectacle. A friendly piece of advice: should you like to witness the action of this year’s Rally of the Lakes, make sure to secure your local accommodations well in advance.

When it comes to the program itself, the main focus stays on the competitors in the fourth round of the 2024 Samdec Irish Tarmac Rally Championship. The rally is also a counting round of the new-for-2024 Stellantis Cup for Peugeot and Opel Rally4 cars, the Southern Four regional rally championship, and the Kingdom of Kerry county rally championship ensuring a top-notch entry across all categories.

Scenic Routes

As we are counting the days to the ceremonial start, the very best rally drivers from across Ireland are preparing for one of the world’s most picturesque rally routes. We’re talking about the Beara Peninsula, with awesome stages like Ardgroom, Cod’s Head, and the Tim Healy Pass. On top of that, the Sunday rally will take place on the East Kerry roads near Killarney, with some extra miles added in for good measure.


Don’t Miss Out!

If you’re looking for a super fun way to spend your May bank holiday weekend, come hang out with us in Killarney! This year’s rally is going to be off the charts, with tons of cool stuff happening and a bigger crowd  than ever before. With a thrilling lineup of top drivers and a set of challenging courses, the Rally of the Lakes is sure to provide an unforgettable experience for both competitors and spectators alike. Make sure you don’t miss out on the opportunity to witness skilled drivers tackle the rally tracks! Get up close to all the excitement by booking your stay in the heart of Killarney.


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