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Ireland has some great hiking to offer from the rolling uplands to hiking the heights of Carrauntoohil, Ireland's highest mountain. The scenery is wild and varied - from meandering valleys, deep lochs and spectacular hills to its windswept coastline. With a variety of scenery and plenty of challenges there are routes suitable for all ages and all levels.

Here you will find lots of useful information, techniques and skills. If you cannot find what you are looking for, please contact us on info@mountaineering.ie or call our office on (01) 625 1115. 

How To Start

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.

Those with map reading and compass skills can explore Ireland's rugged upland areas. Whatever level you are walking at remember, your personal safety is your responsibility.

Here you will find all our Happy Hiking information particularly aimed at those who are new to hillwalking.

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Hiking with Kids

Hillwalking is a life-long sport and can be started at a very early age. Many young people's first experience of hillwalking is with their family. Hillwalking is a great way to provide kids with fresh air, and immerse them in nature and provide a real sense of adventure.

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Challenge Yourself

Someone's hill is another person's mountain. No matter what level you are at, there are challenges to be had, so choose a challenge that suits you!

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Hillwalking Grades

This grading system is set out by Mountaineering Ireland to provide a national benchmark for anyone who is selecting routes for club walks, gatherings, events and group walks.

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