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Mountaineering and Rock Climbing Courses

Mountaineering and Rock Climbing Courses

Rock Climbing, Mountaineering and Hill Walking Awards

As Ireland’s only National Centre, Tollymore National Outdoor Centre is proud to deliver a full range of the relevant national awards in walking, mountaineering and climbing.

The courses on these pages are recommended for those who wish to gain personal hillwalking skills as well as the skills required to lead others in the hills and mountains of the UK and Ireland. They range from the Lowland Leader Award (training and assessment), which is relevant for those working within specific terrain and weather limitations, the Hill & Mountain Skills Scheme which is a practical introduction to the techniques required for hill walking, through to the Mountaineering Instructor Award, which is the highest award available in Ireland and UK for the instruction of rock climbing, hillwalking and mountaineering skills.

Our courses also include the Climbing Wall Award (including an Abseil Module) and the Climbing Wall Leading Award.  Following a UK & Ireland wide review of the Climbing Awards, 2018 will see the introduction of a number of new skills and leadership awards and amendments to existing schemes.

The list of awards listed also include the new titles for many of the awards as well as the existing titles.

For a full list of awards offered by Mountain Training and Mountain Training Board Ireland please use the following Links:


Current situation

As you are probably aware the current advice from the Northern Ireland Executive, Health Promotion Agency NI and Health & Safety Executive NI, as well as our expert group within Sport NI is that we cannot deliver any face to face courses for our customers including use of the Hot Rock Climbing Wall.

We know that you and many others like minded folk are very keen to get back on track with your plans to attend and complete a range of personal skills training and qualifications in a range of disciplines.

Believe us when we say we are equally keen to get outside with you and help you reach your goals and complete that journey.

How do we know? Because every day we get emails and phone calls asking when will courses resume and with every NI Executive mention of easing of restrictions the emails and phone calls are more frequent……