Happy Hiking

Walking is one of the best ways to experience Ireland's beautiful landscapes.

There are a variety of beautiful, signposted walking trails for people with different levels of experience.

Whatever level you are walking at remember, your personal safety is your responsibility

The more time you spend in the mountains the more you’ll realise that the mountain environment is a ‘law unto itself’ – one minute you’re putting on suntan lotion and the next there’s a howling gale blowing.

Knowledge is power, but the secret to being safe is to understand the mountain environment and to be prepared for anything it can throw at you.

Hiking encapsulates the ideology that you should be independent and able to look after yourself. We do not have a right to be rescued by volunteer rescue teams and should not think that our safety is guaranteed by the emergency services.

Returning in the dark or a forced bivouac, are simply situations for which you should be prepared – they do not necessarily justify alerting the mountain rescue. However do not hesitate to call Mountain Rescue when it is really needed!

Taking a progressive approach to hiking is the way to build up your fitness, stamina, experience, and confidence.

Set realistic goals to start with and do not be afraid to turn around and go back. 

Having the right clothing and equipment can quite literally be a life saver if conditions are bad, but even in less extreme weather it can mean the difference between having an enjoyable or a miserable day out in the hills. 

Here you will find some useful advice on planning your walk, what to bring with you, getting a weather forecast and who to call in an emergency. Scroll down for more information. 



Mountaineering Ireland's Happy Hiking leaflet

National Guidelines for Climbing & Walk Leaders  

Click here for Route Planning Checklist

Useful links to find a walk to suit your level:

Sport Ireland Walking Trails

Discover Ireland

Mountain Views

Other considerations you should know to ensure a great day out on the hills click here to find out more.





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