About Us – Cork Backpackers Hillwalking Club


About Us Coumloughra Lake

Overlooking Coumloughra Lake

About us – The club is based in Cork city and its main aim is to encourage and promote hiking, hill walking and mountain climbing in a friendly and fun environment. We have four different grades of hillwalks to suit all levels of fitness and ability.  Although the club is city based its members come from all over the county and beyond.  The club organises a hill walk every fortnight with four different levels (“D” Walk – Easiest; “C” Walk -Moderate; “B” Walk -Strenuous; “A” Walk -Advanced) all in the same general area but on different routes. Check out the Calendar tab to see upcoming hikes and events.


About Us - Backpackers taking a break from hillwalking on the wall at Coomakista Pass near Waterville, Co. Kerry

Backpackers taking a break from hillwalking on the wall at Coomakista Pass near Waterville, Co. Kerry

New Walkers

Non-members are welcome to join us for a trial walk by signing up online or in person at Counihan’s Pub, Pembroke Street, Cork on the Wednesday before the walk from about 9.00pm. 

Within driving distance of Cork we are fortunate because we have a  great variety of mountain ranges suitable for spectacular day hiking. These include the Galtees Mountains, The Comeragh Mountains, The Knockmealdowns, The Caha mountains in West Cork and the McGillicuddy Reeks in Kerry. In addition on bank holiday weekends the club organises weekends away to enable members to climb mountain ranges throughout Ireland.  For the June weekend 2017 the club is going to Snowdonia in north Wales and climb Snowdon which is the highest mountain in England and Wales.

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Mountain Peak

Four Peaks Challenge Walks

Some years, the club organises the Four Peaks Challenge Walks to allow members to climb the highest mountain in each of the four provinces (Carrauntoohil, Lugnaquilla, Mweelrea and Slieve Donard).


Other Activities

Although the main focus of the Club is hillwalking and mountaineering, various members are also involved in other activities such as cycling, orienteering, rock climbing, kayaking and camping. In addition the club has an active social calendar with regular nights out, film nights,  parties, treasure hunt, barbeque, weekends away etc.

For general email contact and club information email us at:  info@corkbackpackers.ie

Sign up & Social Meeting Venue

The Club meets in Counihan’s Pub, Pembroke Street, Cork every second Wednesday night (i.e. the Wed before the walk) from about 9:00pm onwards.  All are welcome.

Sunday Walk Meeting Point

About Us - Walk Meeting Point opposite the Imperial Hotel

The Imperial Hotel, South Mall, Cork


Members going hill walking on a Sunday meet up on the South Mall, opposite the Imperial Hotel, at 8.45am. We car pool there and leave at 9.00am sharp.



About Us – Aims

Cork Backpackers Hillwalking Club is a not for profit hillwalking club. It is owned by its members and managed on their behalf by a committee. Each September at their AGM members elect a committee and all members are eligible for election to the committee. Its primary aim is to promote all forms of hiking, hillwalking, mountaineering and rock climbing.

Furthermore it aims to encourage the participation of its members in outdoor pursuits and activities of the club.

The Committee

Chairperson  –  Donal O’Leary
Secretary  –  Eimear O’Sullivan
Assistant Secretary  –  Pat Sheehan
Treasurer  –  Irene Clifford
Public Relations  –  Anne Collins
Membership  –  Ger Healy & Thade O’Mahony
Mountain Skills  –  Aileen Warbrook
Social  –  Anthony O’Sullivan & Thade O’Mahony