When hiking, always be prepared
* Hiking Boots
* Appropriate clothing (wet gear and warm clothing in reserve)
* Map of the area you will be hiking in
* Compass (Knowledge of how you use it...)
* Food and Water
* Phone (In case of emergency)
* Head torch (preferably) or flash light
* Emergency Shelter
ENVIRONMENT & WEATHER
Ireland is located in the North Altlantic therefore is open to some harsh weather fronts/conditions. Although this has helped forge its wild and rugged coastline, the weather for the most part is very unpredictable throughout the year, particularly so in Donegal. It is not uncommon for low cloud cover to develop suddenly which is why it is essential you are prepared in advance when climbing some of the county's peaks.
Some walkways have been dedicated to hiking, but for those a bit more adventurous, the terrain can become boggy and wet underfoot.
NB: WHEN HIKING, ALWAYS ADVISE SOMEONE WHERE YOU ARE GOING AND WHEN YOU EXPECT TO RETURN. LEAVE A NOTE IN YOUR CAR WINDSCREEN WITH SAME INFO. AND BE AWARE OF EMERGENCY CONTACT NUMBERS JUST IN CASE
Equipment & Knowledge
Respect for nature
WALKWAYS AND LAND ACCESS
As mentioned, some walkways are available in Donegal that are signed and relatively easy to follow. There may be occasions however when you need to access privately owned land, therefore you should always respect landowners by closing gates behind you and taking care not to disturb animals, particularly sheep during lambing season. If a landowner doesn't want you on their property they wont be long in telling you :), for the most part they do not have any issues.
It also goes without saying "LEAVE NO TRACE...", always bring back what you take on the hill with you