The mountains of Wicklow can be deceptive to those who dismiss their relatively small size and rounded appearance. The combination of boggy and sometimes featureless terrain can create challenges for those exploring the hills. Across the mountains there are rough tracks made by both walkers and animals but waymarked trails are not common. To explore most of the mountains one must be self reliant in terms of navigation and safety. If you wish to follow a waymarked trail there are a series of nine trails way-marked around the valley of Glendalough, with both long and short distance options.
For more information on safety in the mountains consult the leaflet "Walk safely....in the Irish hills and countryside." from Mountaineering Ireland.
*Remember if you are leading groups in the hills, especially children, you have extra responsibilities to ensure the safety of all your group. Leadership training courses in the form of Walking Group Leader and Mountain Leader are available nationally, contact Mountaineering Ireland for information on providers in your area.
Mountain Rescue is a voluntary service working under the auspices of the Gardaí. The Irish Mountain Rescue Association comprises eleven Mountain Rescue Teams (MRT) and one national search and rescue dog team (SARDA). Of these the Glen of Imaal Red Cross Team and the Dublin/Wicklow Team cover the Wicklow area with assistance from SARDA and the South Eastern MRT (SEMRA).
Mountain Rescue teams are made up of individuals who are highly trained in a number of specialist areas like 'first-responder', wilderness medical care, emergency medical technician, crag rescue, communications and search management.
Their service and skills are invaluable to the people living, working and recreating in the Wicklow Mountains. The Wicklow Mountains National Park works closely with MR teams in the provision of assistance to persons lost, stranded or injured in the Wicklow Mountains National Park. National Park staff are encouraged to train in search and rescue skills and several staff members are part of the Glen of Imaal Red Cross team.
To support MR or find out more information on MR in Wicklow: