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Challenge Walks & Walking Festivals

Please note: This is not an endorsement for all of these events but a calendar to provide information of what’s on offer to challenge yourself on the hills.

Challenge Walks

Event  Date Organiser
Walk the Line23rd March 2024DWMRT Link
Maamturks Challenge
1st April 2023NUIG Mountaineering ClubLink
Knockmealdown Crossing22nd April 2023Peaks Mountaineering ClubLink
Causeway Challenge Walk30th April 2023Bannside RamblersLink
Blackstairs Challenge20th May 2023Wayfarers Association Link
Lug Walk 
17th June 2023
Irish Ramblers Club
Tom Crean Endurance Walk
17th June 2023
Annascaul WalksLink
Galtee Challenge
24th June 2023
Galtee Walking Club
Comeragh Crossing
1st July 2023
Dungarvan Hillwalking Club
Joyce Country Challenge
15th July 2023
Lake District Hillwalking Club
Mourne Seven Walk
12th August 2023
Lagan Valley OrienteersLink
Fei Sheehy Challenge
12th – 14th August 2023
Na Sléibhte Hillwalking Club
Mourne Mountain Marathon16th – 17th September 2023N/ALink
Moonlight Challenge 25th November 2023Glen of Imaal MRTLink
Long Way Round25th NovemberSouth Eastern MRALink

Walking Festivals

Event Date 
Féile na Sléibhte26th – 27th August 2023
Castlerock Walkfest
2nd September 2023Link
Wee Binnian Walkers Hillwalkers Festival8th - 10th September 2023 Link
Burren Peaks Walking Festival23rd – 24th September 2023Link
Ballyhoura Walking Festival
6th – 8th October 2023

Information on running events in the uplands

Please note: Mountaineering Ireland only publicises events that are organised and managed by affiliated clubs (where the club is named on event publicity and information is supplied by the club) and Mountain Rescue teams. The club or Mountain Rescue team must also complete the commitment statement (which can be found at the end of the policy document) that their event will be planned and managed in accordance with the policy. Therefore, it is the club organising the event that decides, based on its own planning and management of the event, whether it should or can be promoted fully by Mountaineering Ireland or not.

While primarily intended for members, Mountaineering Ireland's Events Policy is relevant to anybody organising, or participating in an event that takes place in Ireland’s mountain environment (hills, mountains, forests, bogland, sea cliffs and associated areas) please click here for more details. 

Mountaineering Ireland clubs and mountain rescue teams hosting events that adhere to Mountaineering Ireland's Events Policy can promote their events through our website, our e-zine, the Irish Mountain Log and social media platforms. If you would like to be included on this calendar please contact

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