Information for New Members

Club Cualann is open for membership and welcomes new members. If your main interest is rockclimbing please see our rockclimbing page.

Our typical Sunday hill walk is four and a half to six hours long, generally across high untracked mountain terrain. We also organise a "Welcome Walk" typically every month which is about an hour shorter, than our regular walks. Meeting points are normally at the start of the walk and change from week to week.

Regular weekends away and walking trip are also organized. Most years we have a walking trip to the Alps or other overseas mountain range.

If that is the sort of walking you are interested in and able to do, we invite you come out on one of our Sunday walks, to see whether the club is right for you. Before coming, text/call the walk leader as listed on the walks list, at least a couple of days in advance.

If you lack any of the suggested footwear clothing and equipment (which are listed below) or are doubtful whether you are fit enough, please discuss this with the walk leader before deciding whether to go on the walk. Depending on the route, the expected weather conditions and what you are missing, it might be OK to go on the walk or it might be best to wait for a different day, possibly a day with a welcome walk or a better weather forecast. After your walk, if you want to come again you should join the club.

How do I join Club Cualann?

You join by filling in the application form and paying your membership fee. The rate for 2021/22 is €45 for an individual or €80 for a couple. Reduced rates apply if you are already a member of Mountaineering Ireland. After your first walk, we can send you an application form and details of the bank account to which the membership fee should be sent.

We use the bulk of your membership fee to enroll you as a member of Mountaineering Ireland. This entitles you to various benefits including liability insurance while engaged in hillwalking, rockclimbing or other mountaineering type activities, discounts in some outdoor equipment shops, discounted access to some MI activities, lectures etc., that are open to the public; access to some MI activities that are not open to the public and a free copy of the quarterly printed magazine Irish Mountain Log. Your membership fee also supports the work that mountaineering Ireland does on behalf of all walkers and climbers

Warning: you walk at your own risk.

Please note that hillwalking involves an element of risk. The risks and the precautions you can take to protect yourself against them are outlined in this Safety Video. We believe that people new to the hills will be a lot safer with us than trying similar routes on their own. Nevertheless, if you come out on our walks there is a possibility of death or serious injury. If you come, you do so entirely at your own risk. The club encourages members to develop skills relevant to the activities they undertake with the club, whether that be hillwalking, rock-climbing or both. Doing so will make you safer as well as enhancing your enjoyment. From time to time we run training courses on topics such as "navigation” and “introduction to rock climbing”. In addition, some members are happy to provide informal tuition in such skills, on request, during club rock climbs or hillwalks”

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What do I need to bring?


  • Suitable walking boots,
  • Comfortable back pack,
  • A change of clothes and footwear in a separate bag for afterwards,
  • Enough food and drink for the day (we have lunch in the hills),
  • Waterproof jacket,
  • Extra clothing layers (amount depends on forecast and time of year),
  • Water proof overtrousers,  hat and gloves (may not be needed in fine summer weather),
  • The clothes you wear should depend on the forecast and time of year, bearing in mind that the hills are colder, wetter and windier than the lowlands. It is usually best to wear multiple layers of clothing rather than 
    a single heavy layer as this allows you to adjust for the conditions.   Denim jeans can be very uncomfortable in wet conditions.

Also recommended

  • Map and compass,
  • Bivi bag (survival bag),
  • First aid kit,
  • Sunhat, sunglasses and suncream,
  • Gaiters,
  • Torch (strongly recommended from November to February inclusive),
  • Whistle,
  • Walking pole(s)