Follow the Country Code Most of the Irish countryside (including the hills) is privately owned. Fortunately, the majority of landowners do not object to walkers crossing their property, as long as they respect the Country Code.
- Respect the people who live and work in the countryside.
- Respect private property, farmland and all rural areas.
- Park carefully; avoid blocking farm gateways or narrow roads.
- Use approved walking routes where they exist.
- Where possible ask permission before crossing farmland.
- Dogs should be kept under close control and should not be brought onto hills or farmland without the landowner’s permission.
- Avoid damage to fences, hedges and walls; use gates and stiles when crossing.
- Leave all gates as you find them (open or closed).
- Do not interfere with machinery, crops or animals. • Protect wildlife, water sources, plants and trees.
- Walk on the centre of the tracks; don’t trample vegetation on the edges.
- Take your litter home; even biodegradable items can take years to disappear.
- Guard against all risk of fire and avoid making unnecessary noise.
- Always keep children closely supervised during a walk.
Walkers should be advised that this guide is solely for information purposes only. Explore Inishowen CLG cannot take responsibility for any accidents that may occur.