News 2020


Title:  Irish Peaks book now available!
Date:  18/08/2020

Irish Peaks book now available

Mountaineering Ireland is delighted to announce that Irish Peaks, our new guide to hillwalking on Ireland’s highest mountains, is now available direct from Mountaineering Ireland.

Irish Peaks is a large-format book, celebrating Ireland’s highest mountains through an inspiring collection of 71 hillwalking routes, covering all of Ireland’s main mountain areas. The route descriptions, which are illustrated by photographs, were contributed by Mountaineering Ireland members, many from local clubs. Each route is accompanied by a map, the vast majority of these are based on mapping kindly provided by Ordnance Survey Ireland. The book includes a substantial introduction to Ireland’s mountain environment, as well as advice on access and safety in the mountains.

Irish Peaks has been published by Mountaineering Ireland in tribute to the late Joss Lynam, one of Ireland’s foremost mountaineers who passed away in 2011. Over four decades Joss wrote and edited many guidebooks for hillwalkers, including the original Irish Peaks book, published in 1982. Maintaining values that Joss upheld throughout his life, one of Mountaineering Ireland’s aims in producing this book is to promote responsible engagement with Ireland’s mountains, an engagement that is based on understanding and respect.

Mountaineering Ireland acknowledges the continued support of landowners, without whose generosity and tolerance hillwalking as an activity would not be possible. Readers of Irish Peaks are urged to take responsibility for their own safety, to enjoy the mountains with care for the natural environment, and to have respect for those who own the land and for local communities.

The Irish Peaks book is based on the MountainViews list of Ireland’s Highest Hundred mountains, (with a drop of at least 100 metres between peaks). The Highest Hundred list and the Vandeleur-Lynam list, both launched by MountainViews in 2009, built on work that Joss Lynam had done in compiling lists of Ireland’s mountains.

Welcoming the publication of Irish Peaks Mountaineering Ireland CEO Murrough McDonagh said “Irish Peaks is a very impressive publication, on behalf of Mountaineering Ireland I want to express my thanks to all those who contributed route descriptions, maps and photographs, those who wrote special sections and those who assisted with proofreading. Great credit is due to Margaret and Alan Tees who were the main drivers behind this project, supported by Helen Lawless and the team in Zest Creative. I have no doubt that Irish Peaks will inspire many hillwalkers to take a holiday on the island of Ireland over the coming months, which in turn will help upland communities recover from the impact of Covid-19.”

Irish Peaks can be purchased online from Mountaineering Ireland for €25.99, Mountaineering Ireland members get a 15% discount on the book. Price including cost of packaging and tracked delivery for the island of Ireland is €34.99, or €31.10 for Mountaineering Ireland members ( To avoid packaging and delivery cost, books can be collected from Mountaineering Ireland’s office (due to Covid-19 restrictions collection is by prior arrangement only).

Mountaineering Ireland clubs and individual members can order boxes of eight books and pay only one delivery charge per box, please contact the Mountaineering Ireland office on 01 6251115 / to avail of this option.

All pre-ordered copies of Irish Peaks will be despatched over the coming week.


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