Restrictions on new membership

The surge in interest in hill-walking in recent years has seen a corresponding increase in our membership. While very welcome we have, at the moment, reached our limit in numbers walking at most hike levels.

Accordingly we have suspended further introductory hikes until at least April 2019

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 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 April 2019 or later
Advanced 17km long with 800m ascent at Grade 3+ pace April 2019 or later
Grade 1/2 19 km long with 1000m ascent, duration 5+ hours
Only apply if you are fit for this hike.
April 2019 or later


If you satisfactorily complete an introductory hike at either of the first two 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 not be entitled to walk at a higher level so please only apply if your interest is to stay at the Grade 5 level.

Hike level  Description of typical hike Next hike
Grade 5 9km – 11km long with 200m – 400m ascent at Grade 5 pace.
Only apply if your interest is to stay at this level.
April 2019 or later


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 or a Full Member at Grade 5 only.

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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