Clothing and Equipment
The amount of clothing and equipment you require will depend on the amount of time you plan to walk, the type of trail and the weather conditions. When walking in the Irish outdoors it is always recommended to:
- Bring a waterproof jacket.
- Wear walking boots or shoes suitable for use on rough ground.
- Bring plenty of food and liquids.
- Bring a mobile phone, but while a mobile phone may be useful in an emergency, it should not be relied on as a safety aid as network coverage is often poor in the hills and countryside.
- Bring a map, hat, gloves, waterproof over-trousers, torch, whistle and a personal First Aid kit.
- Be aware of traffic if walking on roads.
- Don’t rush, take breaks, and most importantly enjoy yourself!
If Something Goes Wrong
If you think you are lost:
- Don’t panic, look at what’s around you and think about where you have walked and the last place you saw a waymarker or signpost. You may have missed a waymarker or there may be one missing so you may have to go retrace your steps.
- Study the map and try to work out your location, your direction of travel, where you are now and where you are going.
In the event of a more serious emergency or accident:
- You can telephone 112 or 999, and ask for Mountain Rescue – Mountain Rescue is a voluntary service and should only be contacted in a genuine emergency!
- If you need to send people to telephone for help, make sure they can find their way and give details of the exact location and the nature of any injuries.
- Treat any injuries to the best of your ability and make the casualty as warm and comfortable as possible. Ensure the other members of the group are also safe and comfortable as it may take a number of hours for help to arrive.
Leave no trace
If you bring it with you, bring it with you back! Leave No Trace is an outdoor ethics programme designed to promote and inspire responsible outdoor recreation through education, research and partnerships.
The 7 basic Principles of the Leave No Trace ethics offer a guide to all trail users:
- Plan Ahead and Prepare
- Be Considerate of Others
- Respect Farm Animals and Wildlife
- Travel and Camp on Durable Ground
- Leave What You Find
- Dispose of Waste Properly
- Minimise the Effects of Fire
& Visitor Information Centre
Tralee Tourist Office,
Ashe Memorial Hall, Denny Street, Tralee
phone: 066 712 1288
Open all year
Dingle Tourist Office,
Strand Street, Dingle
phone 066 915 1188
open all year
Castlegregory Visitor Information Centre,
phone: 066 713 9422
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