Lowland Leader Award

The Lowland Leader Award is designed for people who wish to lead groups on day walks in lowland countryside and woodland areas in summer-like conditions, on lowland tracks that are clearly marked on both the land and the map. The majority of Ireland and the UK are made up of this type of terrain. The leadership opportunities for Lowland Leaders are varied and far-reaching, and walking in lowland areas can be no less spectacular than walking high up in the mountains.

Registering for the Lowland Leader AwardRegistering for the Lowland Leader Award
Before registration candidates:
  • Must be at least 17 to register and train, but 18 years old for assessment.
  • Be a current member of one of the three Mountaineering Councils; Mountaineering Ireland, the British Mountaineering Council or Mountaineering Scotland. (You can join one when you register if you are not already a member). Non-members can contact Mountaineering Ireland on 01 6251115 to avail of a combined Membership and award registration discount.
  • Should have an interest in leading groups in lowland countryside
  • Before attending the training you must have completed and logged at least 10 varied walks in Lowland terrain where the use of a map is required (ideally these will be recorded in your digital logbook) which can have taken place at any point (pre- or post-registration) OR Have attended a walking and navigational personal skills training course recognised by ountaineering Ireland and or Mountain Training (such as Mountain Skills or Hill and Mountain Skills)
Optional Expedition Skills Module:

After successful completion of the Lowland Leader Award assessment, a candidate can choose to attend a two day Expedition Skills Module which is delivered as a combined training and assessment course. The module covers leading overnight expeditions, remote supervision, and teaching navigation. For more information please contact the Mountaineering Ireland Training Office.


What Our Visitors Say


“As a former geology student I thought I knew a good bit about bearings etc., until I did the map reading with Bren! He made things so simple and useful and yet he also imparted a huge amount of knowledge. I am really grateful for his expertise and guidance which I was lucky to experience on the Lowland Leader course.”

Fiona Stapleton
Fiona Stapleton
Posted April 2022
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