Restrictions on new membership for certain grades

The surge in interest in hill-walking in recent years has seen a corresponding increase in our membership. While this is very welcome, we have reached a limit for the moment to the numbers we can accommodate on our hikes at certain grades.

Accordingly we have suspended introductory hikes relevant for some grades until the end of June 2019 at the earliest.

(See About our hikes / hill walks page for details of our grades and the levels at which they walk.)

The good news:we will hold Advanced Introductory hikes (see details and application form below) on the following dates:

Advanced Introductory Hikes: Sunday 9th June and Thursday 20th June 2019

If you are interested, and believe you are able for the Advanced Introductory hike, continue to read through to the bottom of this page where you will be able to access an application form.

Regretfully, we remain closed for Standard Introductory hikes. Please check this page again as we regularly review our situation. 

Joining the club

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 an interest to join with our Associate Members Secretary, Geraldine Cleary. You will then complete the application forms and pay €45 annual membership fee on our website.
  •  You will also complete a two-day navigational training course, known as Mountaineering Skills, Level 1 (MS1) course within a year of joining.

Introductory hikes

The purpose of these hikes is to introduce participants to our club and the joy of hill walking. Those who satisfactorily complete an introductory hike may apply to become an Associate Member of the club.
The club organises three levels of introductory hike for you to choose from:

Hike level Description of typical hike Next hike
Standard 11km long with 450m ascent at Grade 4 pace July 2019 or later
Advanced 17km long with 800m ascent at Grade 3+ pace See above
Grade 1/2 19 km long with 1000m ascent, duration 5+ hours
Only apply if you are fit for this hike.
See above


If you satisfactorily complete an introductory hike and subsequently join the club as an Associate Member you can participate in club hikes at any of the club hiking grades.

Apart from the standard and advanced hikes there is also the option of a less strenuous Grade 5 introductory hike. Watch this page for next offering.

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

As soon as a firm date for it has been published above, and not before, you can 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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