Q. When does your Club go out walking?
A. Swilly Hiking Club walk on Wednesday evenings and Saturday/Sunday during the summer and on Saturday/Sunday only during the winter.
Q. At what time do you leave?
A. On Wednesday evenings we leave the Church of Irish Martyrs car park at 6.30pm. On The Saturday and Sundays we leave the LYIT car park at 9.00 am Club members are notified of any slight variations which may be required in order to allow longer travel time.
Q. Can anyone join a hike with Swilly Hiking Club?
A. Yes, you are welcome to come along and try out a walk. However it is advisable to contact a club member in advance as it is important to be physically capable of completing the hike and you also must be properly kitted out. A charge of €5 per hike is required from non-members. People contemplating membership are advised to try out a few walks before deciding to join. Any money paid prior to joining will be deducted from membership fee.
Q. How much is the membership fee?
A. The Membership fee is €40 per annum. This includes the Insurance and membership of Mountaineering Ireland plus a small donation to the club.
Q. As I don’t have a car, can transport be arranged?
A. Yes. When we meet up at the designated locations we plan car pooling. This is for economical reasons and so as to avoid congestion at the start of a walk where space is often restricted. A car pooling fee is encouraged.
Q. Will I be fit enough?
A. A normal healthy person who has been doing some walking or other regular exercise should be fit enough to join our club. Start with some of the easy or moderate walks. You will get help and advice along the way.
Q. How long do the walks last?
A. The walks usually last in the region of 4 hours. This is depending on the length of the actual walk being undertaken, the weather and any other consideration on the day. Some walks only last 3 hours while others can take about 6 hours.
Q. Where do you go walking, is it all on the mountains?
A. Most of our walks are in mountainous areas but not in the steep rocky areas. We cover a lot of the coastal walks of Donegal. In bad weather or to suit a particular occasion we go hiking along the trails of forest parks and on tracks.
Q. Can I bring children?
A. No. Only children over 14 can become club members along with a parent or guardian but they must be accompanied by such parent/guardian on a hike.
Q. Can I bring my dog on a lead?
A. No. Sorry we have a no pet’s policy. A lot of the hills we hike can have sheep grazing or birds nesting. Dogs can be a nuisance on the hill and are not welcome.
Q. What would I need to wear?
A. It is important to have a good pair of comfortable boots with a good pair of hiking socks. Depending on the weather and time of year, you must have suitable raingear, inner layers, hat and gloves etc. Our group leaders will not let a walker commence a hike if they are not properly attired.
Q. Do I need to take a bag and what would I need to bring with me?
A. It is advisable to take a rucksack in order to carry some extra clothing for wearing or which has been removed. It is also important to carry an ample supply of water and food for the hike. Items like sunscreen and a basic first aid kit are a necessity. Many hikers like to carry a camera and indeed many other accessories in their rucksack.