In order to join the Irish Ramblers’ Club, you must:

  • Firstly,  participate in one of our free introductory hikes – see below.
  • If, after you complete the introductory hike, you wish to continue with your application, you should register your interest to join with our Associate Members Secretary, Clodagh Veale. You will then complete the application forms and pay a €50 annual membership fee on our website.
  •  You will also complete a navigational training course, known as Mountaineering Skills, Level 1 (MS1) course within the same year.

Introductory hikes

The purpose of these hikes is to introduce participants to the joy of hill walking. Those who satisfactorily complete an introductory hike may apply to become an Associate Member of the club.

At the moment we are recruiting for grades 1-5

Hike level Description of typical introductory hike Next hike
Grade 3
13 – 15km 500 – 700m 4-5 hours                                       
October, 2022


Grade Distance Height Time
1 20 – 22 km over 1000m more than 5 hours
2 18 – 20 km 800 – 1000m more than 5 hours
3+ 15 – 18 km 700 – 900m 5 hours
3 13 – 15 km 500 – 700m 4 – 5 hours
4 11 – 13 km 400 – 600m 4 – 5 hours
5   9 – 11 km 200 – 400m 4 – 5 hours


As an Associate Member, you will be required to undertake a prescribed number of club hikes and an MS1 Mountain Skills course within the same period. On completion of these, you will qualify to become a Full Member.

You can express an interest and/or apply to join an introductory hike here. This will open up an application form. If you fill in the necessary details you will be contacted by e-mail in the next few days.

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