What is it?
Ireland High Points Week is an initiative we have come up with to help promote the hillwalking discipline of Highpointeering in Ireland. Created as the focal point of the Irish Highpointeering calendar, Ireland High Points Week occurs each year when the sun reaches its own highest point in the Irish sky - the Summer Solstice. The Week is centred on Solstice day itself, and includes the three days before and the three days after.
Ireland High Points Week is part of our wider #JuneUplandWalk theme.
We invite individuals, walking guides, clubs, event organisers and local businesses to get involved by organising their own formal and informal visits to High Point locations throughout Ireland and to share their stories, photos and videos on social media using the hashtag #IrelandHighPointsWeek.
When is it?
Friday 18th - Thursday 24th June 2021
The Summer Solstice in the northern hemisphere takes place at 4:32 a.m. (Irish time) on Monday 21st June 2021.
Ireland High Points Week takes place in June on the week centred on the Summer Solstice, and includes the three days before and the three days after. In other words, Solstice day itself is always the 4th day of Ireland High Points Week.
Where is it?
Ireland High Points Week takes place all over Ireland. There are 187 locations on the Gribbon list of Ireland's major geographical High Points. That's an average of almost 6 per county. Every county contains at least one location. Three counties have only one: they are Longford, Meath and Monaghan. The county with most locations is County Kerry: it has a whopping twenty-seven of them. No matter where you are in Ireland, you are less than 50km from your closest High Point.
Please share your stories, photos and videos from Ireland High Points Week on social media using the hashtag #IrelandHighPointsWeek.
If you are planning to visit any of the locations which feature on the Gribbon list of Ireland's major geographical High Points, please be aware that Highpointeering, rambling, hill-walking, hiking, mountaineering, mountain running and cycling are risk sports. High Point Ireland, Kieron Gribbon (the website's author and founder of High Point Ireland) and Donard Media (the website's publisher) accept no responsibility for any injury, loss or inconvenience sustained by anyone using this website. Personal safety is entirely the participant's own responsibility.
The inclusion of locations on the Gribbon list of Ireland's major geographical High Points is based entirely on each location's ability to meet the necessary criteria for at least one of the eight primary sub-lists contained on this website. It should not be assumed that access is permitted to any of the locations on the lists. High Point Ireland, Kieron Gribbon and Donard Media recommend that anyone planning to visit any of the locations on the lists should check for potential access restrictions and to request permission from the relevant landowner(s) in advance.