The Lowland Leader Award

The Lowland Leader Award (LLA) is a leadership training scheme for those taking their first steps into the world of leading groups on day walks, along clearly defined tracks and trails, in forests, coast and countryside during summer conditions. The Lowland Leader Award is for use on man-made Lowland tracks that are clearly marked both on the land and the map.


Download an overview of the LLA here

Download the LLA Syllabus here

Review Appropriate Terrain Scope for the LLA here



Registering for the Lowland Leader Award:

Before registering candidates must:

  • Be a current member of Mountaineering Ireland. Non-members need to ring Mountaineering Ireland on 01 6251115 to avail of discount.
  • Be at least 18 years old 
  • Have personally undertaken and logged an absolute minimum of ten varied walks in Lowland terrain where the use of a map is required OR
  • Have attended a walking an navigational personal skills training course recognised by Mountaineering Ireland (such as Mountain Skills)

Optional Expedition Skills Module:

After successful completion of the Lowland Leader Award assessment, a candidate can choose to attend a two day Expedition Skills Module which is delivered as a combined training and assessment course. The module covers leading overnight expeditions, remote supervision and teaching navigation. For more information please contact the Mountaineering Ireland Training Office.