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The Proud Scottish Munro: Our Guide to all 282 Mountains in Scotland

Scotland is world-famous for its dramatic landscapes and highland tableaus. Almost all of these feature one of Scotland's mountains, which are called 'Munros' here.

The name is a very Scottish invention and is thanks to Sir Hugh Munro who was the first to compile a list of all 282 of them. While there is nothing close to the height of the Matterhorn, or Kilimanjaro, the Scottish Munros are modest in size but known to be challenging yet accessible for day walkers, dramatic and potentially treacherous thanks to the Scottish weather (for the thrill-seekers). While you're unlikely to be the highest person on earth, when you hit a Munro peak you may be one of the happiest.

So, let us talk a little bit more about what a Scottish Munro is and compile a list of them all. (Every image in this post are original from us)

 

Scottish Highlands - sunrise

What is a Munro & How High Are They?

The rules surrounding what constitutes as a Munro has changed over the years - so the list has grown and shrunk to suit. As it stands, a Munro is a hill which is over 3000 feet (914.4 metres) - but it must also stand a 'sufficient distance' from another peak. Meaning two similar peaks directly next to each other will not count.

There are a few other names that are used by Scottish mountaineers (mainly for navigation) but a peak under 2000 feet is called a Donald, 2000-2500ft is a Graham, and 2500-3000 is a Corbett (This better not have been a joke about Ronnie Corbett - who is comically short).

You'll not be surprised to know that Ben Nevis is the highest Munro at 4411ft and the smallest is Ben Vane at 3000ft.

 

 

 

The best Scottish Munroes for Beginners (The Easiest Munroes to do)

There are a few lists of the best Munroes for Beginners out there, and some of the suggestions are brilliant. We didn't want to repeat some of the other Munros on those lists, so we have put together a list from our own walking. While these Munros may not be as well known as Buachaille Etive they are pretty easy for beginners to scale. But, none of these Munros are 'easy'.

If you're unsure about doing any of these hikes alone, you can get yourself a local guide who can help navigate the route.

Sgòr Gaoith

The easiest munro that we have ever climbed, and most rewarding is Sgòr Gaoith.

The route starts at the car park just over from Feshie Bridge and heads up into a woodlands before opening out onto a path that scales the majority of the Munro. From the trig point at the top of the first section, you will turn left down the path that slowly slopes down and back up to the summit. All very manageable for any beginner and the path is easy to walk all the way up.

The whole route around is fantastic and ends up at one of the best bothies in Scotland that we have visited. The whole route is here

Sgòr Gaoith - view from summit

Glenshee Ski Resort

The Glenshee Ski resort is a particularly easy route and not one of the best by any means.

There are three Munros that are on the grounds of the Glenshee Ski complex - two of which make up the slopes. It is possible to get up there in the summer on the chair lift.

The views aren't great but if you're close to the area (Perthshire way) then it is easy to get here and great for an enjoyable day walk.

Glenshee ski resort

Buachaille Etive Beag

This is not the 'easiest' Munro to climb, but it is a quintessential experience of Scottish hiking. If you are to climb one Munro, this would be the one.

The trail is easy to follow, with spectacular views over Glen Goe including spectacular views of the famous Aonach Eagach (thinnest ridge & most challenging Munro).

view from Buachaille Etive Beag, Glen Coe

Beinn Mhanach

This munro may not be suitable for all beginners but would be a great one for anybody looking for a challenge, yet fairly easy. There is a clear path into the Munro that crosses over a river as it winds through the valley. Beinn Mhanach sits at the end of the path where you need to climb up the side of the Munro.

This climb can be very very steap and pathless on the way down. It may be possible to walk to the foot of the hill, and back again as the valley is beautiful in itself.

view from Beinn Mhanach

Meall Glas

Although a more challenging Munro, this one is easy to access from Cairnlarach and is more enjoyable for a newcomer than other Munros we climbed in the area. Meall Glas lives in the heart of the Trossachs and has spectacular views looking over giants like Ben More and the village of Cairnlarach.

The Munro has a long slow incline across boggy moorlands which becomes steeper towards to the top. The Munro is very easily climbed in good conditions.

view from Maell Glas

Beinn Dòrain and Beinn an Dòthaidh

These two are famous Munros near Bridge of Orchy (where the route starts). You can venture up a visible path between the two and scale either one from the central point. It is an easy to access and navigate route which is perfect for a beginner.

In the image, the first peak that looks like a pyramid is Beinn Dorain and Beinn an Dothaidh can be seen poking out in the middle of the image from the valley.

 

Beinn an Dothaidh

 

List of Munroes in Scotland

Munro in Alphabetical order - Location - Height in Metres
A’ Bhuidheanach BheagCairngorms936m
A’ ChailleachUllapool997m
A’ Chailleach (Monadhliath)Cairngorms930m
A’ ChralaigKintail1120m
A’ Ghlas-bheinnKintail918m
A’ MhaighdeanUllapool967m
A’ MharconaichCairngorms975m
Am BasteirIslands934m
Am BodachFort William1032m
Am FaochagachUllapool954m
An CaistealLoch Lomond995m
An CoileachanUllapool923m
An GearanachFort William982m
An RiabhachanLoch Ness1129m
An SgarsochCairngorms1006m
An Socach (Affric)Loch Ness921m
An Socach (Braemar)Cairngorms944m
An Socach (Mullardoch)Loch Ness1069m
An StucPerthshire1118m
Aonach Air ChrithKintail1021m
Aonach Beag (Alder)Cairngorms1116m
Aonach Beag (Nevis Range)Fort William1234m
Aonach MeadhoinKintail1001m
Aonach MorFort William1221m
Beinn a’BhuirdCairngorms1197m
Beinn a’Chaorainn (Cairngorms)Cairngorms1082m
Beinn a’Chaorainn (Glen Spean)Fort William1050m
Beinn a’ChlachairFort William1087m
Beinn a’ChleibhArgyll916m
Beinn a’ChochuillArgyll980m
Beinn a’ChreachainArgyll1081m
Beinn a’ChroinLoch Lomond942m
Beinn AchaladairArgyll1038m
Beinn an DothaidhArgyll1004m
Beinn BheoilCairngorms1019m
Beinn BhreacCairngorms931m
Beinn BhrotainCairngorms1157m
Beinn BhuidheArgyll948m
Beinn ChabhairLoch Lomond933m
Beinn Dearg (Blair Atholl)Perthshire1008m
Beinn Dearg (Ullapool)Ullapool1084m
Beinn DorainArgyll1076m
Beinn DubhchraigArgyll978m
Beinn EibhinnCairngorms1102m
Beinn EunaichArgyll989m
Beinn FhadaKintail1032m
Beinn FhionnlaidhArgyll959m
Beinn Fhionnlaidh (Carn Eige)Loch Ness1005m
Beinn GhlasPerthshire1103m
Beinn HeasgarnichPerthshire1078m
Beinn ImeLoch Lomond1011m
Beinn Iutharn MhorCairngorms1045m
Beinn Liath MhorTorridon926m
Beinn Liath Mhor FannaichUllapool954m
Beinn MhanachArgyll953m
Beinn MheadhoinCairngorms1182m
Beinn na LapFort William937m
Beinn nan AighenanFort William960m
Beinn NarnainLoch Lomond926m
Beinn SgritheallKintail974m
Beinn SgulairdArgyll937m
Beinn TarsuinnUllapool937m
Beinn TeallachFort William915m
Beinn TulaicheanLoch Lomond946m
Beinn UdlamainCairngorms1010m
Ben AlderCairngorms1148m
Ben AvonCairngorms1171m
Ben ChallumArgyll1025m
Ben ChonziePerthshire931m
Ben CruachanArgyll1126m
Ben HopeSutherland927m
Ben KlibreckSutherland961m
Ben LawersPerthshire1214m
Ben LomondLoch Lomond974m
Ben LuiArgyll1130m
Ben MacduiCairngorms1309m
Ben MoreLoch Lomond1174m
Ben More (Mull)Islands966m
Ben More AssyntUllapool998m
Ben NevisFort William1345m
Ben OssArgyll1029m
Ben StaravFort William1078m
Ben VaneLoch Lomond915m
Ben Vorlich (Loch Earn)Perthshire985m
Ben Vorlich (Loch Lomond)Loch Lomond943m
Ben WyvisLoch Ness1046m
Bidean nam BianFort William1150m
Bidein a’Choire SheasgaichTorridon945m
Bidein a’Ghlas Thuill (An Teallach)Ullapool1062m
Binnein BeagFort William943m
Binnein MorFort William1130m
Bla BheinnIslands928m
BraeriachCairngorms1296m
Braigh Coire Chruinn-bhalgainPerthshire1070m
Broad CairnCairngorms998m
Bruach na FritheIslands958m
Bynack MoreCairngorms1090m
Cairn BannochCairngorms1012m
Cairn GormCairngorms1245m
Cairn of ClaiseCairngorms1064m
Cairn ToulCairngorms1291m
Carn a’ChlamainPerthshire963m
Carn a’Choire BhoidheachCairngorms1118m
Carn a’GheoidhCairngorms975m
Carn a’MhaimCairngorms1037m
Carn an Fhidhleir (Carn Ealar)Cairngorms994m
Carn an RighPerthshire1029m
Carn an t-Sagairt MorCairngorms1047m
Carn an TuircCairngorms1019m
Carn AosdaCairngorms917m
Carn BhacCairngorms946m
Carn Dearg (Corrour)Fort William941m
Carn Dearg (Loch Pattack)Cairngorms1034m
Carn Dearg (Monadhliath)Cairngorms945m
Carn EigeLoch Ness1183m
Carn GhluasaidKintail957m
Carn GormPerthshire1029m
Carn Liath (Beinn a’Ghlo)Perthshire975m
Carn Liath (Creag Meagaidh)Fort William1006m
Carn MairgPerthshire1042m
Carn Mor DeargFort William1220m
Carn na CaimCairngorms941m
Carn nan GabharPerthshire1121m
Carn nan Gobhar (Loch Mullardoch)Loch Ness992m
Carn nan Gobhar (Strathfarrar)Loch Ness992m
Carn SgulainCairngorms920m
Chno DeargFort William1046m
Ciste DhubhKintail979m
Cona’ MheallUllapool978m
ConivalUllapool987m
Creag a’MhaimKintail947m
Creag LeacachCairngorms987m
Creag MeagaidhFort William1130m
Creag Mhor (Glen Lochay)Perthshire1047m
Creag Mhor (Meall na Aighean)Perthshire981m
Creag nan DamhKintail918m
Creag PitridhFort William924m
CreiseFort William1100m
Cruach ArdrainLoch Lomond1046m
Derry CairngormCairngorms1155m
DrieshAngus947m
Druim ShionnachKintail987m
Eididh nan Clach GealaUllapool927m
Fionn BheinnTorridon933m
GairichFort William919m
Garbh Chioch MhorFort William1013m
Geal CharnFort William1049m
Geal Charn (Monadhliath)Cairngorms926m
Geal-charn (Alder)Cairngorms1132m
Geal-charn (Drumochter)Cairngorms917m
Glas Bheinn MhorFort William997m
Glas MaolCairngorms1068m
Glas TulaicheanPerthshire1051m
GleouraichFort William1035m
GulvainFort William987m
Inaccessible PinnacleIslands986m
Ladhar BheinnFort William1020m
LochnagarCairngorms1155m
Luinne BheinnFort William939m
Lurg MhorTorridon986m
Mam SodhailLoch Ness1181m
Maoile LunndaidhTorridon1007m
Maol Chean-deargTorridon933m
Maol chinn-deargKintail981m
MayarAngus928m
Meall a’BhuiridhFort William1108m
Meall a’Choire LeithPerthshire926m
Meall a’ChrasgaidhUllapool934m
Meall Buidhe (Glen Lyon)Perthshire932m
Meall Buidhe (Knoydart)Fort William946m
Meall ChuaichCairngorms951m
Meall CorranaichPerthshire1069m
Meall Dearg (Aonach Eagach)Fort William953m
Meall Garbh (Ben Lawers)Perthshire1118m
Meall Garbh (Carn Mairg)Perthshire968m
Meall GhaordaidhPerthshire1039m
Meall GlasLoch Lomond959m
Meall GormUllapool949m
Meall GreighPerthshire1001m
Meall na TeangaFort William918m
Meall nan CeapraicheanUllapool977m
Meall nan EunFort William928m
Meall nan TarmachanPerthshire1044m
Monadh MorCairngorms1113m
MoruisgTorridon928m
Mount KeenAngus939m
Mullach an Rathain (Liathach)Torridon1023m
Mullach Clach a’BhlairCairngorms1019m
Mullach Coire Mhic FhearchairUllapool1019m
Mullach Fraoch-choireKintail1102m
Mullach nan CoireanFort William939m
Mullach nan DheiragainLoch Ness982m
Na GruagaicheanFort William1056m
Ruadh Stac MorUllapool918m
Ruadh-stac Mor (Beinn Eighe)Torridon1010m
Sail ChaorainnKintail1002m
SaileagKintail956m
SchiehallionPerthshire1083m
Seana BhraighUllapool926m
Sgairneach MhorCairngorms991m
Sgiath ChuilLoch Lomond921m
Sgor an Lochain UaineCairngorms1258m
Sgor GaibhreFort William955m
Sgor GaoithCairngorms1118m
Sgor na h-UlaidhFort William994m
Sgorr Dhearg (Beinn a’Bheithir)Fort William1024m
Sgorr Dhonuill (Beinn a’Bheithir)Fort William1001m
Sgorr nam Fiannaidh (Aonach Eagach)Fort William967m
Sgorr RuadhTorridon962m
Sgurr a’Bhealaich DheirgKintail1036m
Sgurr a’ChaorachainTorridon1053m
Sgurr a’Choire GhlaisLoch Ness1083m
Sgurr a’GhreadaidhIslands973m
Sgurr a’MhadaidhIslands918m
Sgurr a’MhaimFort William1099m
Sgurr a’MhaoraichFort William1027m
Sgurr AlasdairIslands992m
Sgurr an Doire LeathainKintail1010m
Sgurr an LochainKintail1004m
Sgurr BanUllapool989m
Sgurr BreacUllapool999m
Sgurr ChoinnichTorridon999m
Sgurr Choinnich MorFort William1094m
Sgurr Dubh MorIslands944m
Sgurr Eilde MorFort William1010m
Sgurr Fhuar-thuillLoch Ness1049m
Sgurr FhuaranKintail1067m
Sgurr Fiona (An Teallach)Ullapool1060m
Sgurr Mhic ChoinnichIslands948m
Sgurr MorUllapool1110m
Sgurr Mor (Beinn Alligin)Torridon986m
Sgurr Mor (Loch Quoich)Fort William1003m
Sgurr na BanachdichIslands965m
Sgurr na CarnachKintail1002m
Sgurr na CicheFort William1040m
Sgurr na Ciste DuibheKintail1027m
Sgurr na LapaichLoch Ness1150m
Sgurr na RuaidheLoch Ness993m
Sgurr na SgineKintail945m
Sgurr nan CeathreamhnanLoch Ness1151m
Sgurr nan Clach GealaUllapool1093m
Sgurr nan Coireachan (Glen Dessary)Fort William953m
Sgurr nan Coireachan (Glenfinnan)Fort William956m
Sgurr nan ConbhaireanKintail1109m
Sgurr nan EachUllapool923m
Sgurr nan EagIslands924m
Sgurr nan GilleanIslands964m
Sgurr ThuilmFort William963m
SliochTorridon981m
Spidean a’Choire Leith (Liathach)Torridon1055m
Spidean Coire nan Clach (Beinn Eighe)Torridon993m
Spidean MialachFort William996m
Sron a’Choire GhairbhFort William937m
Stob a’Choire MheadhoinFort William1106m
Stob a’Choire OdhairArgyll945m
Stob Ban (Grey Corries)Fort William977m
Stob Ban (Mamores)Fort William999m
Stob BinneinLoch Lomond1165m
Stob Choire ClaurighFort William1177m
Stob Coir an AlbannaichFort William1044m
Stob Coire a’ChairnFort William981m
Stob Coire an LaoighFort William1116m
Stob Coire EasainFort William1115m
Stob Coire Raineach (Buachaille Etive Beag)Fort William925m
Stob Coire SgreamhachFort William1072m
Stob Coire SgriodainFort William979m
Stob DaimhArgyll998m
Stob Dearg (Buachaille Etive Mor)Fort William1021m
Stob Dubh (Buachaille Etive Beag)Fort William956m
Stob GhabharArgyll1090m
Stob na Broige (Buachaille Etive Mor)Fort William956m
Stob Poite Coire ArdairFort William1054m
Stuc a’ChroinPerthshire975m
Stuchd an LochainPerthshire960m
The CairnwellCairngorms933m
The Devil’s PointCairngorms1004m
The SaddleKintail1010m
Toll CreagachLoch Ness1054m
TolmountCairngorms958m
Tom a’ChoinichLoch Ness1112m
Tom BuidheCairngorms957m
Tom na Gruagaich (Beinn Alligin)Torridon922m

 

 

 

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