What to Bring on hikes

We leave from Gaol Cross at 8.30AM and get back into Cork at 8PM.

The minimum requirements to come on a hike are the following:
– Suitable footwear.ie.hiking/trail boots.
– Plenty of warm layers.
– Waterproof jacket and pants.
– About a litre or two of water.
– Plenty of food for lunch and snacking.
– Spare change of clothes to leave on the bus.
– €10 for the bus.


The spare change of clothes and footwear is critical as there is a strong likelihood that we will be getting wet and/or muddy as the Irish weather is very unpredictable and its nearly always raining. Runners/trainers are not suitable for Irish mountains as proper ankle support is needed, like that in hiking boots, but they will be allowed for the first few hikes only. Just to be aware that those who do choose to wear runners will struggle a little, as the mountains can be very slippery and waterlogged and without proper footwear you can easily fall.
You will not be allowed on the bus if you come in jeans and no exceptions are made. They become very heavy and uncomfortable in mud and rain and leave you colder for longer increasing your chances of becoming hypothermic. So for your personal safety we have to be very strict regarding jeans. Tracksuits or loose pants only accepted. 
You can purchase hiking clothing from a selected range of shops in Cork city.
– Regatta Outdoor Store, Oliver Plunkett Street
-Matthews Outdoor Store,  5 Half Moon Street 
-53 Degrees North Paul Street
-The Scout Shop  Paul Street