Cappanalea NCOET is uniquely located to offer a wide range of mountaineering challenges and adventures in Kerry.

Cappanalea NCOET offers the opportunity to come and enjoy the beautiful countryside and mountains of Kerry. The mountaineering team at Cappanalea all hold the Mountain Leader qualification as a minimum and have a range of experience in walking, trekking and climbing both in the local corners of Kerry and across the world.

With our qualified instructors you can really enjoy a number of walks in Kerry and around the McGillycuddy Reeks. From our bank of experience we can recommend a variety  of walks to satisfy all levels. Whether you wish to be guided along beautiful sections of The Kerry Way or challenged on scrambling routes up Carrauntoohil, our qualified instructors will cater for your needs.

Below is a selection of the various courses we offer. If there is a particular hill walk that is not listed then please send us an email via Contact Us or give the office a call and we will do our best to accommodate you.  Strict emphasis is placed upon safety and the low participant/instructor ratio in the high mountains to ensure an enjoyable and quality experience.

If you require a mountain leader to guide you to the summit of Carrauntoohil – Ireland’s highest mountain, Cappanalea can provide an expert guide for you and your group.
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Cappanalea NCOETC can provide both training and assessment for the Lowland Leader scheme

The Lowland Leader Award has been designed for people who wish to lead groups on day walks in lowland countryside and woodland in summer conditions. The majority of the UK & Ireland is made up of this type of terrain so you'll never be short of places to go walking.

We can also offer the optional 'Expedition Module' for people who already hold the Lowland Leader Award.

The leadership opportunities for Lowland Leaders are varied and far reaching, from The Kerry Way to the Great Glen Way and the tracks and trails on the island of Ireland. Walking in lowland areas can be no less spectacular than walking high up in the mountains. The Lowland Leader Award is for leading groups on lowland tracks that are clearly marked on both the land and the map.  

Lowland Leader - Mountaineering Ireland

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When you decide you would like to start becoming independent in the hills, you can rely on our qualified instructors to guide you through the official Mountain Skills syllabus, both for training or assessment, and prepare you for the first stage in Mountaineering qualifications in Ireland.  At Cappanalea our ratios for MS1 and MS2 are 1:6 and 1:4 for assessment.  These courses are run subject to demand.Discounts can be arranged for clubs or groups of 6 or more.

The syllabus is available for you to download at: - Mountain Skills Information.

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    Cappanalea NCOET can provide Mountain Leader training in partnership with other Instructors throughout Ireland
The Mountain Leader (ML) Award is for those who wish to lead others in the mountains, hills, and lowlands of Ireland and the UK, in summer conditions. It is designed to promote the safe enjoyment of the mountains and provides instruction in the skills required for those who wish to lead groups. Mountain Leader training is usually split into two blocks but can also be completed in one week long block.
You can read the syllabus at Mountain leader
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