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 navigational training course, known as Mountaineering Skills, Level 1 (MS1) course within a two year period.

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.
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  2018
Advanced 17km long with 800m ascent at Grade 3+ pace  2018

If you satisfactorily complete an introductory hike at either of these levels 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. Those who successfully complete this will initially only be entitled to walk at the Grade 5 level but can, of course, walk at any level if they complete a standard hike at a later stage.

Hike level Description of typical hike Next hike
Grade 5 9km – 11km long with 200m – 400m ascent at Grade 5 pace. 2018

This grade accesses the hills at a lower level and at a more moderate pace.   It’s raison d’etre is to enjoy and explore the countryside and because of its moderate pace there is more time to engage with nature and enjoy the flora and fauna and to enjoy the company of like minded people.

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

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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