France-based Paul Swail comes home to guide across Ireland regularly, but most of his work is done around the Alps

Living in “the best place in the world” didn’t happen by chance for Paul Swail, who settled in Chamonix at the foot of Mont Blanc – capital of alpinis(...)

People walking at Sally Gap in Co Wicklow at the weekend. Photograph:   Laszlo Geczo/Inpho

A senior mountaineer has criticised thousands of people who flocked to public places ignoring health advice on social distancing as “selfish and irres(...)

Most of Ireland’s uplands are farmlands and wetlands with “high natural value”.

The hills in winter, flattered by a low sun, offer a special invitation. Up there, the summits vigorously won, the air must be purer, the crystal view(...)

The summit of Carrauntoohil. In 2018, 140,000 recreation seekers entered on to the area from the four main access points, causing greater wear and tear on the mountains and increased dangers

Over three decades ago I ascended Carrauntoohil for the first time. Parking at the traditional start point in Cronin’s Yard, which could then accommod(...)

The long-promised insurance scheme  could open up greater access to uplands for walkers. Photograph: Eric Luke / The Irish Times

Incoming Minister for Gaeltacht and Islands Sean Kyne has forecast a long-promised insurance scheme, which could open up greater access to uplands for(...)

New signage at Luggala. Boleyhorrigan Bridge, overlooking Lough Tay with Luggala Mountain on the right. Photograph: The Irish Times

The trust which owns the large Luggala Estate in Co Wicklow has insisted there is no change regarding public access to certain areas within its ground(...)

The sudden appearance of signs threatening to prosecute hikers at Luggala, Co Wicklow, is most unwelcome. Photograph: Mountaineering Ireland

The sudden appearance of signs threatening to prosecute hikers at Luggala, Co Wicklow, is most unwelcome. It is also a poor tribute to the memory of t(...)

Looking over Lough Tay, with Luggala Mountain on the right. It has been noted that  'private property' signs have been appearing around the Co Wicklow estate in recent weeks. Photograph: Mountaineering Ireland

Mountaineering Ireland has appealed to Minister for Culture Josepha Madigan to acquire the uplands surrounding Luggala estate in Co Wicklow for the pu(...)

Hikers along the Sheep’s Head penninsula in West Cork. Photograph: Bryan O’Brien

Even by Irish standards, Cuilcagh is not an eminent mountain. Ranked just 165 in stature among Irish mountains, it offers, nevertheless, a memorable p(...)

If you have not been up a mountain previously, Carrauntoohil may not be the recommended starting point. Photograph: Getty Images

When Killarney gardaí alerted Kerry Mountain Rescue to an incident on Carrauntoohil last weekend, it seemed like another “dinner in the oven” evening (...)

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