Unlike the North, the Republic has no public “rights of way”, but there is a tradition of relatively free access to privately owned countryside. In recent years, the growing numbers and occasional carelessness of walkers, as well as insurance worries, has led some farmers to bar access to their land, and in response, the government has begun to pay farmers who maintain popular walks across their land under the National Walks Scheme. In general the majority of landowners do not object to walkers crossing their property. For detailed advice on access, including a Good Practice Guide, have a look at wwww.mountaineering.ie and wwww.leavenotraceireland.org.

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