How to Book:
1. Select the hike or course that you are interested in from the menu.
2. Click on the “Find a date…” tab to go to the calendar and find a suitable date.
3. Complete the pink booking form on the page, entering your name, email address and telephone number, then selecting your chosen date and entering the number of participants. Click ‘BOOK NOW’.
4. You can now pay online via credit card, debit card or PayPal through the checkout. Or choose to pay via direct bank transfer BACS.
Frequently asked questions
Here you will find the answers to the questions most frequently asked by people contacting Mountaintrails. If you cannot find the answer to your query, please contact us.
There are also links to other sites that we think may be of interest to our clients.
How fit do I need to be?
Our day hikes are graded easy, medium, hard and hard/strenuous.
The easy graded walks are designed for those who do a little regular walking over undulating ground and occasionally off paths.
Regular walkers who are used to rough paths and manage 12km (7½ miles) with relative ease should find the medium graded walks suitable.
The hard graded walks are for regular hillwalkers who are used to walking for up to 6 hours and climbing up to 800m.
Hard/strenuous graded hikes are designed for regular hikers who are used to walking longer distances with a sustained climb of around 1000m included.
For our weekend trips, with their multi-day format, you would need to be reasonably fit and/or a regular mountain walker. We would advise some training in the form of cycling or running, or, of course, hiking. The hikes would be of a hard or hard/strenuous grade.
What kit should I bring?
For upland hikes and our weekend trips the following equipment should be sufficient:
- Rucksack (30-40 litre)
- Rucksack liner or dry bags
- Hiking boots
- Waterproof Jacket
- Waterproof trousers
- Walking trousers (not jeans)
- Good cushioning socks
- Base layer (not cotton)
- Spare mid layer (e.g. fleece)
- Outer layer (e.g. jacket or softshell)
- Gaiters (optional)
- Hat & Gloves
- Drink container or platypus (2 litres minimum)
- Mobile phone (optional)
- Trail snacks
- Walking poles (optional)
Do you have any age limits on your trips?
If any clients are under 18 they must be accompanied by a parent/guardian. For safety reasons we are unable to take anyone under the age of 14 on our regular hikes. If you have small children and wish to book a walk then please contact us to arrange a private guiding day tailored around your needs. There is no upper age limit.
What happens if the weather is very bad on the day of the hike?
We will make an assessment of the weather on the day and where possible we will continue with the itinerary but may have to alter it before or during the hike if we consider it too inclement or dangerous to continue. In all cases safety is our first priority and in extreme circumstances we may have to cancel a hike, should this be necessary a full refund will be given.
None of the dates you offer suit my diary. Can you help?
Yes, we can arrange a day of private guiding for you and your group. Please contact us and we can tailor a hike around your requirements, and at a date that suits you.
Can I bring my dog on the hike?
No pets are permitted on any of our hikes, training days, or weekend trips. This is to protect the upland fauna and farm animals.
What type of accommodation will I be staying in on the weekend trips?
For all our weekend hiking trips we suggest recommended accommodation. A range of accommodation is available from Bed and Breakfast to youth hostels.
Can special diets be accommodated?
Our trips include breakfast, which can be tailored to your needs, please indicate this when booking. Lunches and dinners are bought locally, and for this you should make your own arrangements.
How do I book?
Bookings can be made online or on the phone. Payments can be made online by card and Paypal, by BACS or by cheque.
Do you need to know about any medical conditions?
It is important that you let us know of any medical condition you may have when making a booking. This information will remain completely confidential but is essential to allow us to ensure your safety, and that of other group members.
Do I need travel insurance when travelling to the United Kingdom?
We would advise all clients to get suitable travel insurance before taking one of our trips.
Other useful contacts
http://www.walkingandhikingireland.com/ An online magazine for information on hiking in Ireland, with news, descriptions of routes and photographs.
Mountaineering Ireland. Mountaineering Ireland is the representative body for walkers and climbers in Ireland, Their website contains much useful information on access, routes, equipment and safety.
Ireland Walking Guide gives lots of advice and routes for hikers in Ireland.