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Scottish Munros (Challenge yourself to bag all 282!)

Written by: Caitlin
Published: 28th October 2020

Munros are mountains which are found across Scotland, named so after the mountaineer Sir Hugh Munro who first compiled a list of them.

Whilst Scottish Munros may be modest in height in comparison to some of the continental ranges, climbing them can be particularly treacherous on account of the latitude and Scottish weather. However, if you do reach the summit of pretty much any of the Munros, we can guarantee it will be worth your while as you will be rewarded with some of the most stunning views in the world!

These Munros are scattered all over Scotland, from Ben Lomond in the South to Ben Hope in the north, and Sgurr na Banachdich in the west to Mount Keen in the east, and they offer no end of challenging and immensely enjoyable days out, in all seasons. Bagging one of these impressive Scottish mountains is something every walker should tick off their ‘must-do’ list.

How high are Munros?

In order to be classified as Munros, hills must be over 3000 feet or 914.4 metres high. They also must have been deemed to have “sufficient separation” from their neighbouring peaks. There are a number of other names used to classify mountains by the Scottish Mountaineering Club. These are:

  • Corbetts –  defined as Scottish mountains between 2,500–3,000 feet in height.
  • Grahams – defined as Scottish mountains between 2,000–2,500 feet in height.
  • Donalds – defined as Scottish Lowlands mountains over 2,000 feet in height.

How many Munros are there in Scotland?

There are in total 282 Munros across Scotland. There are also 227 Munro Tops, which are lesser peaks, which are also over 3,000 feet but are lower than the nearby primary mountain, bringing the total number of summits over 3000 ft listed by the Scottish Mountaineering Club to 509.

The highest Munro is Ben Nevis at a whopping 4,411 feet. However there are a number of lower, but arguably more challenging Munros to climb, such as the 12 peaks of the Black Cuillin on the Isle of Skye and the UK mainland’s narrowest ridge walk, the Aonach Eagach, which is in Glen Coe.

Sir Hugh Munro

Sir Hugh Thomas Munro, 4th Baronet  was a Scottish mountaineer who was born in 1856. He was brought up on his family estate of Lindertis Angus, Scotland, and went on to become an avid hillwalker, and was a founder member of the Scottish Mountaineering Club in 1889.

In the 6th issue of the Scottish Mountaineering Club Journal in 1891 he published a list of all of the mountains in Scotland over 3000 feet. This list caused much surprise in mountaineering circles, as until his list was produced many thought that the number of mountains exceeding this height was around 30, rather than the nearly 300 that he listed. These peaks are now known around the world as Munros after Sir Hugh.

Despite it becoming a popular hobby to attempt to climb all the Munros listed, Sir Hugh never actually managed to complete them all himself- although he did get blinking close! Of his original list he failed to climb one mountain in the Cairngorms (Carn Cloich-Mhuillin) which he was saving to be his last climb, and then on his deathbed he revised his original list to include 2 more peaks, leaving him 3 short of completing the entire list in his lifetime.

Map of Munros

See the read icons on the map below for an idea of the location of the many Munros across Scotland. CLICK HERE to see an interactive version of the map where you can the select each of the mountain icons on the map to find information such as heights, routes and maps for every Munro in Scotland.

Munroes Map

Munro Bagging

“Munro bagging” is the activity of climbing all the listed Munros. As of 2 July 2020, 6,768 people had reported completing a round. You can claim to “bag” a Munro by reaching it’s summit.

A walker who has climbed all 282 Munros is entitled to be called a Munroist, or a Compleater.

Revd A E Robertson was the first to complete an entire round of the Munros in 1901. The final mountain he reached was Meall Dearg (on the Aonach Eagach) – where the Revd famously kissed first the cairn, and then his wife. In 1923 another Reverend, Ronald Burn, became the second Munroist as well as the first person to climb all the subsidiary Tops.

The real explosion in the popularity of Munro-bagging came in the late 1980s and today the numbers are huge.

If you think you would like to add your name to the list of thousands of Munroists, there is no better place to start than this Walkhighlands website, where you can find a detailed, independently-researched guide to the ascent of every Munro and have the opportunity to record all your Munro ascents here on your own interactive baggers map.

Click here to find out more

Notable completions

Steve Fallon from Edinburgh has completed 16 rounds of all the Munros as of the 1st October 2019, making him the person with the record for the most rounds.

The youngest person to complete a round is believed to be Ben Fleetwood who climbed the final Munro of his round at the age of just 10 years and 3 months on the 30th August 2011.

Ronald Burn, who completed his round 1923 was also the first person to climb all the Munro Tops.

Chris Smith became the first Member of Parliament to complete the Munros when he reached the summit of Sgùrr nan Coireachan on 27 May 1989.

Hamish Brown is known for being being the first person to walk all the Munros in a single trip with only ferries and a bicycle as means of transport, starting a trend of attempting what is now known as a continuous round.

The first reported completion of all the Munros plus the Munro Tops in one continuous expedition was by Chris Townsend. His trip lasted 118 days in 1996.

The first person to complete all the Munros in one winter season was Martin Moran in 1984/85, and this feat became known as a winter round.

The current record for a self-propelled continuous round was set by Alex Robinson and Tom O’Connell on the 18th September 2011, when they finished in an impressive time of 48 days, 6 hours and 56 minutes.

Furths

The SMC recognises six peaks in England, fifteen in Wales and thirteen in Ireland that would be Munros or Munro Tops if they were in Scotland. These are referred to as Furth Munros, i.e. the Munros furth of Scotland.

Munros Safety

Whilst some Munros are more difficult to climb then others, there is no such thing as an easy Munro- I mean, where would the fun be in that! It is important to make sure that you are adequately prepared for your ascent and that means making sure that you have these items of essential equipment with you:

  • Most importantly, a good pair of walking shoes/boots.
  • Dress in lightweight layers and waterproof clothing to stay dry and warm.
  • Take a map of the local area, ideally with your intended route marked out.
  • A compass- bear in mind that you may lose phone signal as you climb higher so the old fashioned kind is best!
  • A torch, even if you plan of climbing in daylight hours, good visibility up the Munros is not always guaranteed with the ever changing Scottish weather.
  • A first aid/safety kit in case of any accidents.
  • Lots of water and enough food to keep you sustained even if your return is delayed.

Once your bag is packed, make sure you know your routes, check the weather before you leave, and make sure you know how to properly navigate using a map and compass. Be honest with yourself about your ability level, and don’t take risks, if the weather is horrendous or if you have a minor injury, wait for another day. Be sure to tell somebody where you a going, the route your are taking and an estimated return time, so that help can be sent for if something goes wrong.

Munros for Beginners

1. Ben Lomond

Munros

Located in The Trossachs National Park and overlooking Loch Lomond, Ben Lomond is one of the most popular Munros for first time climbers. Despite standing at an impressive 3,195 ft, it’s ascent is one of the least daunting of all the Munros as it has a wide clear path which rises gradually all the way to the summit.

Ben Lomond is easily accessible being the most southerly of all the Munros and located only an hour and a half away from Glasgow. The climb up and down usually takes around 4 to 5 hours, thats if you can drag yourself away from the impressive views at the summit of the length of Loch Lomond and its islands to return home!

2. Mount Keen

Munros

Mount Keen is widely regarded as one of Scotland’s easiest Munros, and is especially recommended for a clear day when the sheer scale of remote country scenery can be fully appreciated. It is the most easterly of the Munros, appearing as a gentle cone rising above the great plateau of the eastern Mounth.

There are 2 straightforward routes that can be taken up Mount Keen, the route from Glen Tanar to the north is longer than the route up through Glen Mark in Angus, but both have good clear paths and a gentle incline with good going underfoot.

3. Ben Lawers

Munros

Despite being one of the tallest summits in Scotland, Ben Lawers is arguably one of the easiest to complete, part of the reason for this being the starting point of the climb. The car park for the walk up Ben Lawers sits above sea level, meaning that a sizable chunk of the mountain’s 3,983 ft ascent is already behind you before you even set foot on its slopes. The mountain is located to the north of Loch Tay in Perthshire and sits in a rich area for Munro bagging – its summit is on a long ridge that contains no fewer than seven of these mountain tops.

Popular Munros

1. Ben Nevis

Munros

Attracting an impressive 125,000 walkers a year, Ben Nevis is one of the world renown Munros and is the tallest mountain in the British Isle, standing at a whopping 4,413 feet high. Ben Nevis stands at the western end of the Grampian Mountains in the Lochaber area of the Scottish Highlands, close to the town of Fort William.

It will usually take between 7-9 hours to climb Ben Nevis, although the weather and your level of fitness will play a part in exactly how long it takes. It was in fact once a massive active volcano which exploded and collapsed inwards on itself millions of years ago.

The name Ben Nevis has two translations from the ancient Gaelic language, one meaning ‘mountain with it’s head in the clouds’, thanks to its iconic mist-shrouded peak, or it can also mean ‘venomous mountain’ – we’ll leave it up to you to decide which is more appropriate after you have climbed it!

2. Sgurr nan Gillean

Munros

Sgurr nan Gillean on the Isle of Skye is perhaps the most famous of the Cuillin peaks and regarded by many as the finest- a popular route with a difficult scramble to the summit and fantastic views at all times. This is definitely not one of the Munros suitable for inexperienced walkers as even the easiest ascent via the southeast ridge is a fairly serious scramble – the other two ridges edging into the realm of rock climbing. But if you have the ability to, it is well worth a trip to the top; the summit views are truly outstanding and perfectly placed to admire the Red Cuillins and Blaven.

3. Schiehallion

Munros

Sometimes described as the centre of Scotland, Schiehallion is one of the most familiar and best known mountains in the country, and is the 4th most climbed of all the Munros. It’s located in Perth and Kinross, in Scotland and it appears as a perfect cone when seen from across Loch Rannoch. Whilst it is generally regarded as an easy ascent, the popularity of this mountain has meant that the main path had become exceedingly eroded by the volume of walkers.

Complete List of Scottish Munros

Mountain Region Altitude
A’ Bhuidheanach Bheag Cairngorms 936m
A’ Chailleach Ullapool 997m
A’ Chailleach (Monadhliath) Cairngorms 930m
A’ Chralaig Kintail 1120m
A’ Ghlas-bheinn Kintail 918m
A’ Mhaighdean Ullapool 967m
A’ Mharconaich Cairngorms 975m
Am Basteir Islands 934m
Am Bodach Fort William 1032m
Am Faochagach Ullapool 954m
An Caisteal Loch Lomond 995m
An Coileachan Ullapool 923m
An Gearanach Fort William 982m
An Riabhachan Loch Ness 1129m
An Sgarsoch Cairngorms 1006m
An Socach (Affric) Loch Ness 921m
An Socach (Braemar) Cairngorms 944m
An Socach (Mullardoch) Loch Ness 1069m
An Stuc Perthshire 1118m
Aonach Air Chrith Kintail 1021m
Aonach Beag (Alder) Cairngorms 1116m
Aonach Beag (Nevis Range) Fort William 1234m
Aonach Meadhoin Kintail 1001m
Aonach Mor Fort William 1221m
Beinn a’Bhuird Cairngorms 1197m
Beinn a’Chaorainn (Cairngorms) Cairngorms 1082m
Beinn a’Chaorainn (Glen Spean) Fort William 1050m
Beinn a’Chlachair Fort William 1087m
Beinn a’Chleibh Argyll 916m
Beinn a’Chochuill Argyll 980m
Beinn a’Chreachain Argyll 1081m
Beinn a’Chroin Loch Lomond 942m
Beinn Achaladair Argyll 1038m
Beinn an Dothaidh Argyll 1004m
Beinn Bheoil Cairngorms 1019m
Beinn Bhreac Cairngorms 931m
Beinn Bhrotain Cairngorms 1157m
Beinn Bhuidhe Argyll 948m
Beinn Chabhair Loch Lomond 933m
Beinn Dearg (Blair Atholl) Perthshire 1008m
Beinn Dearg (Ullapool) Ullapool 1084m
Beinn Dorain Argyll 1076m
Beinn Dubhchraig Argyll 978m
Beinn Eibhinn Cairngorms 1102m
Beinn Eunaich Argyll 989m
Beinn Fhada Kintail 1032m
Beinn Fhionnlaidh Argyll 959m
Beinn Fhionnlaidh (Carn Eige) Loch Ness 1005m
Beinn Ghlas Perthshire 1103m
Beinn Heasgarnich Perthshire 1078m
Beinn Ime Loch Lomond 1011m
Beinn Iutharn Mhor Cairngorms 1045m
Beinn Liath Mhor Torridon 926m
Beinn Liath Mhor Fannaich Ullapool 954m
Beinn Mhanach Argyll 953m
Beinn Mheadhoin Cairngorms 1182m
Beinn na Lap Fort William 937m
Beinn nan Aighenan Fort William 960m
Beinn Narnain Loch Lomond 926m
Beinn Sgritheall Kintail 974m
Beinn Sgulaird Argyll 937m
Beinn Tarsuinn Ullapool 937m
Beinn Teallach Fort William 915m
Beinn Tulaichean Loch Lomond 946m
Beinn Udlamain Cairngorms 1010m
Ben Alder Cairngorms 1148m
Ben Avon Cairngorms 1171m
Ben Challum Argyll 1025m
Ben Chonzie Perthshire 931m
Ben Cruachan Argyll 1126m
Ben Hope Sutherland 927m
Ben Klibreck Sutherland 961m
Ben Lawers Perthshire 1214m
Ben Lomond Loch Lomond 974m
Ben Lui Argyll 1130m
Ben Macdui Cairngorms 1309m
Ben More Loch Lomond 1174m
Ben More (Mull) Islands 966m
Ben More Assynt Ullapool 998m
Ben Nevis Fort William 1345m
Ben Oss Argyll 1029m
Ben Starav Fort William 1078m
Ben Vane Loch Lomond 915m
Ben Vorlich (Loch Earn) Perthshire 985m
Ben Vorlich (Loch Lomond) Loch Lomond 943m
Ben Wyvis Loch Ness 1046m
Bidean nam Bian Fort William 1150m
Bidein a’Choire Sheasgaich Torridon 945m
Bidein a’Ghlas Thuill (An Teallach) Ullapool 1062m
Binnein Beag Fort William 943m
Binnein Mor Fort William 1130m
Bla Bheinn Islands 928m
Braeriach Cairngorms 1296m
Braigh Coire Chruinn-bhalgain Perthshire 1070m
Broad Cairn Cairngorms 998m
Bruach na Frithe Islands 958m
Bynack More Cairngorms 1090m
Cairn Bannoch Cairngorms 1012m
Cairn Gorm Cairngorms 1245m
Cairn of Claise Cairngorms 1064m
Cairn Toul Cairngorms 1291m
Carn a’Chlamain Perthshire 963m
Carn a’Choire Bhoidheach Cairngorms 1118m
Carn a’Gheoidh Cairngorms 975m
Carn a’Mhaim Cairngorms 1037m
Carn an Fhidhleir (Carn Ealar) Cairngorms 994m
Carn an Righ Perthshire 1029m
Carn an t-Sagairt Mor Cairngorms 1047m
Carn an Tuirc Cairngorms 1019m
Carn Aosda Cairngorms 917m
Carn Bhac Cairngorms 946m
Carn Dearg (Corrour) Fort William 941m
Carn Dearg (Loch Pattack) Cairngorms 1034m
Carn Dearg (Monadhliath) Cairngorms 945m
Carn Eige Loch Ness 1183m
Carn Ghluasaid Kintail 957m
Carn Gorm Perthshire 1029m
Carn Liath (Beinn a’Ghlo) Perthshire 975m
Carn Liath (Creag Meagaidh) Fort William 1006m
Carn Mairg Perthshire 1042m
Carn Mor Dearg Fort William 1220m
Carn na Caim Cairngorms 941m
Carn nan Gabhar Perthshire 1121m
Carn nan Gobhar (Loch Mullardoch) Loch Ness 992m
Carn nan Gobhar (Strathfarrar) Loch Ness 992m
Carn Sgulain Cairngorms 920m
Chno Dearg Fort William 1046m
Ciste Dhubh Kintail 979m
Cona’ Mheall Ullapool 978m
Conival Ullapool 987m
Creag a’Mhaim Kintail 947m
Creag Leacach Cairngorms 987m
Creag Meagaidh Fort William 1130m
Creag Mhor (Glen Lochay) Perthshire 1047m
Creag Mhor (Meall na Aighean) Perthshire 981m
Creag nan Damh Kintail 918m
Creag Pitridh Fort William 924m
Creise Fort William 1100m
Cruach Ardrain Loch Lomond 1046m
Derry Cairngorm Cairngorms 1155m
Driesh Angus 947m
Druim Shionnach Kintail 987m
Eididh nan Clach Geala Ullapool 927m
Fionn Bheinn Torridon 933m
Gairich Fort William 919m
Garbh Chioch Mhor Fort William 1013m
Geal Charn Fort William 1049m
Geal Charn (Monadhliath) Cairngorms 926m
Geal-charn (Alder) Cairngorms 1132m
Geal-charn (Drumochter) Cairngorms 917m
Glas Bheinn Mhor Fort William 997m
Glas Maol Cairngorms 1068m
Glas Tulaichean Perthshire 1051m
Gleouraich Fort William 1035m
Gulvain Fort William 987m
Inaccessible Pinnacle Islands 986m
Ladhar Bheinn Fort William 1020m
Lochnagar Cairngorms 1155m
Luinne Bheinn Fort William 939m
Lurg Mhor Torridon 986m
Mam Sodhail Loch Ness 1181m
Maoile Lunndaidh Torridon 1007m
Maol Chean-dearg Torridon 933m
Maol chinn-dearg Kintail 981m
Mayar Angus 928m
Meall a’Bhuiridh Fort William 1108m
Meall a’Choire Leith Perthshire 926m
Meall a’Chrasgaidh Ullapool 934m
Meall Buidhe (Glen Lyon) Perthshire 932m
Meall Buidhe (Knoydart) Fort William 946m
Meall Chuaich Cairngorms 951m
Meall Corranaich Perthshire 1069m
Meall Dearg (Aonach Eagach) Fort William 953m
Meall Garbh (Ben Lawers) Perthshire 1118m
Meall Garbh (Carn Mairg) Perthshire 968m
Meall Ghaordaidh Perthshire 1039m
Meall Glas Loch Lomond 959m
Meall Gorm Ullapool 949m
Meall Greigh Perthshire 1001m
Meall na Teanga Fort William 918m
Meall nan Ceapraichean Ullapool 977m
Meall nan Eun Fort William 928m
Meall nan Tarmachan Perthshire 1044m
Monadh Mor Cairngorms 1113m
Moruisg Torridon 928m
Mount Keen Angus 939m
Mullach an Rathain (Liathach) Torridon 1023m
Mullach Clach a’Bhlair Cairngorms 1019m
Mullach Coire Mhic Fhearchair Ullapool 1019m
Mullach Fraoch-choire Kintail 1102m
Mullach nan Coirean Fort William 939m
Mullach nan Dheiragain Loch Ness 982m
Na Gruagaichean Fort William 1056m
Ruadh Stac Mor Ullapool 918m
Ruadh-stac Mor (Beinn Eighe) Torridon 1010m
Sail Chaorainn Kintail 1002m
Saileag Kintail 956m
Schiehallion Perthshire 1083m
Seana Bhraigh Ullapool 926m
Sgairneach Mhor Cairngorms 991m
Sgiath Chuil Loch Lomond 921m
Sgor an Lochain Uaine Cairngorms 1258m
Sgor Gaibhre Fort William 955m
Sgor Gaoith Cairngorms 1118m
Sgor na h-Ulaidh Fort William 994m
Sgorr Dhearg (Beinn a’Bheithir) Fort William 1024m
Sgorr Dhonuill (Beinn a’Bheithir) Fort William 1001m
Sgorr nam Fiannaidh (Aonach Eagach) Fort William 967m
Sgorr Ruadh Torridon 962m
Sgurr a’Bhealaich Dheirg Kintail 1036m
Sgurr a’Chaorachain Torridon 1053m
Sgurr a’Choire Ghlais Loch Ness 1083m
Sgurr a’Ghreadaidh Islands 973m
Sgurr a’Mhadaidh Islands 918m
Sgurr a’Mhaim Fort William 1099m
Sgurr a’Mhaoraich Fort William 1027m
Sgurr Alasdair Islands 992m
Sgurr an Doire Leathain Kintail 1010m
Sgurr an Lochain Kintail 1004m
Sgurr Ban Ullapool 989m
Sgurr Breac Ullapool 999m
Sgurr Choinnich Torridon 999m
Sgurr Choinnich Mor Fort William 1094m
Sgurr Dubh Mor Islands 944m
Sgurr Eilde Mor Fort William 1010m
Sgurr Fhuar-thuill Loch Ness 1049m
Sgurr Fhuaran Kintail 1067m
Sgurr Fiona (An Teallach) Ullapool 1060m
Sgurr Mhic Choinnich Islands 948m
Sgurr Mor Ullapool 1110m
Sgurr Mor (Beinn Alligin) Torridon 986m
Sgurr Mor (Loch Quoich) Fort William 1003m
Sgurr na Banachdich Islands 965m
Sgurr na Carnach Kintail 1002m
Sgurr na Ciche Fort William 1040m
Sgurr na Ciste Duibhe Kintail 1027m
Sgurr na Lapaich Loch Ness 1150m
Sgurr na Ruaidhe Loch Ness 993m
Sgurr na Sgine Kintail 945m
Sgurr nan Ceathreamhnan Loch Ness 1151m
Sgurr nan Clach Geala Ullapool 1093m
Sgurr nan Coireachan (Glen Dessary) Fort William 953m
Sgurr nan Coireachan (Glenfinnan) Fort William 956m
Sgurr nan Conbhairean Kintail 1109m
Sgurr nan Each Ullapool 923m
Sgurr nan Eag Islands 924m
Sgurr nan Gillean Islands 964m
Sgurr Thuilm Fort William 963m
Slioch Torridon 981m
Spidean a’Choire Leith (Liathach) Torridon 1055m
Spidean Coire nan Clach (Beinn Eighe) Torridon 993m
Spidean Mialach Fort William 996m
Sron a’Choire Ghairbh Fort William 937m
Stob a’Choire Mheadhoin Fort William 1106m
Stob a’Choire Odhair Argyll 945m
Stob Ban (Grey Corries) Fort William 977m
Stob Ban (Mamores) Fort William 999m
Stob Binnein Loch Lomond 1165m
Stob Choire Claurigh Fort William 1177m
Stob Coir an Albannaich Fort William 1044m
Stob Coire a’Chairn Fort William 981m
Stob Coire an Laoigh Fort William 1116m
Stob Coire Easain Fort William 1115m
Stob Coire Raineach (Buachaille Etive Beag) Fort William 925m
Stob Coire Sgreamhach Fort William 1072m
Stob Coire Sgriodain Fort William 979m
Stob Daimh Argyll 998m
Stob Dearg (Buachaille Etive Mor) Fort William 1021m
Stob Dubh (Buachaille Etive Beag) Fort William 956m
Stob Ghabhar Argyll 1090m
Stob na Broige (Buachaille Etive Mor) Fort William 956m
Stob Poite Coire Ardair Fort William 1054m
Stuc a’Chroin Perthshire 975m
Stuchd an Lochain Perthshire 960m
The Cairnwell Cairngorms 933m
The Devil’s Point Cairngorms 1004m
The Saddle Kintail 1010m
Toll Creagach Loch Ness 1054m
Tolmount Cairngorms 958m
Tom a’Choinich Loch Ness 1112m
Tom Buidhe Cairngorms 957m
Tom na Gruagaich (Beinn Alligin) Torridon 922m

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