Coastal Walking

Safety on Coastal Walks



Ireland enjoys some of the most panoramic and beautiful coastal walks in the world, you can enjoy  exploring magnificent sea vistas contrasting against dramatic land views.

Coastal walking is normally a safe activity, but it’s important to be aware of the risks and take the necessary actions to mitigate those risks .

How to remain safe on your coastal walk

Before departing for your walk, always check the weather forecast and ensure that there are no yellow, orange or red warnings in place

Check the time of the tide and be cautious of an incoming tide due to the risk of stranding
Carry a phone well charged and dial 112 if you feel that you are likely to get stranded or if you or a member of your group gets injured and requires assistance
Always let someone know where you are going from and to and what time you expect to return
If the walk is not well signposted then carry a map and compass as fog can come down very quickly in coastal areas
Be aware of all edges around the sea and waterside. Slips and falls happen in all locations; it is not just high cliff edges that are a risk.
Be careful when walking in dark and slippery conditions.
If you are walking your dog never follow it in to the water, call 112 instead


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