Derrylaghan, Kilcar, County Donegal

Walking Safely

Ireland’s “soft” climate makes it a great place for walking all year round as winters are mild and summers are temperate. Plus, many of Ireland’s landscapes have a special beauty in the autumn and winter months. Always check the weather forecast before you set out to make sure there is nothing unexpected around the corner.

Conduct - Country Code:

  • Respect farmland and the rural environment.
  • NO dogs allowed on any club walks.
  • Do not interfere with livestock, crops, machinery or other property.
  • Guard against all risks of fire, especially near forests and during dry spells.
  • Leave all farm gates as you find them.
  • Always keep children under close control and supervision.
  • Avoid entering farmland containing livestock. Your presence can cause stress to the livestock and even endanger your own safety.
  • Do not enter farmland if you have dogs with you, even if on a leash, unless with the permission of the landowner.
  • Always use gates, stiles or other recognised access points and avoid damage to fences, hedges and walls. If you open a gate, close it again behind you.
  • Take all litter home.
  • Take special care on country roads.
  • Avoid making unnecessary noise.
  • Protect wildlife, plants and trees.
  • Take heed of warning signs – they are there for your protection.
  • Much land is in private ownership and access is only available with the goodwill and tolerance of the owner. Whilst most landowners do not object to recreational users on their land, some do. So always comply with a landowner's wishes.

Grades of walks within Ireland

Walks are graded into Easy Ways (navigated paths with little or no climbing, suitable for all levels); Moderate Ways (includes rougher terrain with uphill sections, suitable for regular walkers); and Hard Ways (rough terrain with steep climbs and difficult sections, requires stamina and experience, as well as map reading skills and proper equipment).

Sunrise and sunset

Check the times of both so you are not setting out or returning in the dark. Always plan to finish your walk while there is still plenty of light.

What to bring

  • A good map
  • A torch and whistle
  • Waterproofs
  • A warm hat and gloves
  • A first aid kit
  • Strong walking boots and socks (with a spare pair of socks).
  • Shorts, sunhat, sunscreen and sunglasses (for sunny days).
  • A day sack to carry food and extra clothing.
  • Water bottle and thermos flask.
  • Walking poles if you need them and know how to use them.
  • Warm trousers, warm sweaters and spares.