Guided walks and hikes in Ireland with Hilltoptreks.

As we are based in Dublin many of our day walks take place in the Dublin and Wicklow mountains. Anyone is more than welcome to join us on our walks and you don’t have to be a member of the Hilltoptreks walking Club although there are great benefits with becoming a member.

Transport: We have transport available for most if not all our walks with handy pickup locations for most people from Dublin.

About Our Walks: Our walks are generally between 3-4hrs which includes time for a bite to eat and taking in the wonderful scenery along the way. Many of the walks take place based within an hour’s drive or less from Dublin. The walks take place in places like the Wicklow Mountains National Park, Glendalough, parts of The Wicklow Way, the Dublin hills and coastal walks also.
We also organise walks and hikes further afield like a day trip to the Mountains of Mournes, The Cooleys mountains near Carlingford, or the Slieve Blooms.

Fitness and experience: On the walks there are generally a mixture of fitness and experience levels. Some people walk with the club regularly and others when they can. We do not split up our groups into different levels and just walk at a pace that is suitable to the group at the time. This gives everyone a chance to enjoy the day, its not a race, its more a social and relaxing exercise with wonderful scenery.

We do however specify on all our walks the level of walk it will be such as easy, moderate or strenuous.

Easy Walk: Between 5Km – 8Km, Incline not above 200m, 1 – 3hrs, mainly on the flat with some small inclines, (example Coastal walk Bray to Greystones)

Moderate Walk: Between 8Km – 12km, Incline not above 500m, 2– 4hrs, mixed terrain of track and hill. (example Maulin and Powerscourt Waterfall)

Strenuous Walk: Between 8Km – 16km, Incline 400+m, 3– 5hrs, mixed terrain of track and open mountainside, some steep ground (example Lugnaquillia or Carrauntoohil)

Hill walking in Ireland is a growing sport for a lot of people and when you start to walk, its easy to see why. Apart from the wonderful scenery and picturesque landscapes you walk through it’s also one of the most social of all our sports. Its proven to very good for your mental health as well as you physically and its definitely a great way to clear your head.
So, for whatever reason you wish to join us on any of our walks you are more than welcome.

What to Bring for a Day Walk:

Like anything else outdoors do take a look at the weather forecast. Met Eireann

Typical list of gear for a day on the Hills.

  • Walking Boots
  • Walking Trousers (not Jeans, when they get wet, they stay wet and heavy)
  • Base Layer – T-shirt, long sleeve (non cotton)
  • Mid layer – Fleece
  • Outer Layer – Jacket (waterproof, light and breathable)
  • Walking socks
  • Backpack (25L) 25 litres is generally a good size and should hold all your gear.
  • Hat and gloves (winter or cold day)
  • Snack and hot drink
  • Water
  • Small personal first aid kit.

Extras you might want

  • Walking Poles (Assist in your comfort and help your posture and pressure of your knees).
  • Leg gaiters (for dirty wet terrain).
  • Neck Gaiter or scarf (for cold and windy days).
  • Hand or Head torch (for shorter daylight in winter).

It is worth your while spending a bit of money on your boots, socks and outer layer (Jacket), also a comfortable backpack.

That would definitely be enough to get you started for the hills.

Look forward to seeing you soon.

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