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Gordon Bennett Route

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Further information from, Laois Tourism - Carlow Tourism - County Kildare Fáilte, Kildare, Republic of Ireland
T: +353(0)578664132
E: info@visitkildare.ie

Let the Gordon Bennett Route take you on an historic journey across spectacular Irish countryside and into the picturesque towns and villages of counties Kildare, Carlow and Laois in the heart of Ireland.

Let the Gordon Bennett Route take you on an historic journey across spectacular Irish countryside and into the picturesque towns and villages of counties Kildare, Carlow and Laois in the heart of Ireland. While the famous Gordon Bennett route was raced by the world’s greatest daredevils at record-breaking speeds in 1903. Relax, get your motor running and follow gently in the footsteps of our motoring pioneers taking time to enjoy many of Ireland’s best-loved visitor attractions and breathtaking scenery along the way.

Gordon Bennett road signs make the Gordon Bennett Route an easy-to-follow tour through one of the most beautiful parts of Ireland offering a unique insight into the lives, atmosphere and sheer adrenalin behind the historic car race that roared across this 166km (104-mile) circuit. There is plenty to see and do along the Gordon Bennett Route for all the family, for motoring enthusiasts and for motor club members alike.

The route is well served with a wide range of accommodation from campsites to luxury hotels, and you won’t go hungry whether you find a nice spot for a picnic, sample a bit of pub grub or go the whole hog and dine in the style of the race’s flamboyant sponsor, millionaire James Gordon Bennett.