What is a Munro in Scotland?
What is a Munro in Scotland? Towering at 3000 ft/914 m or above in height the views from Scottish Munros are immense. There are 282 Munros in Scotland, the highest being Ben Nevis at 4,411ft. / 1345 m, in fact Ben Nevis is the highest mountain in the British Isles. Here you can find each Munro listed in order of height.
Munros are named after Sir Hugh Munro, an original member of the Scottish Mountaineering Club (SMC), who produced the first list of Scottish hills, known as Munro’s Tables in 1891, Munro never managed to bag all of the Munros he had listed, missing out on Càrn an Fhidhleir and Càrn Cloich-mhuillin.
Munros can only be found in Scotland, in England, Wales and Ireland, these mountains are known as Furths.
What is Munro Bagging?
Ever thought about bagging a Munro? By the 1980’s Munro-bagging had become a popular hobby. But what is Munro-bagging? It’s the activity of climbing and listing Munros.
In September 2020 Donnie Campbell took the record for a complete round in just 32 days, impressive!
A Map of the Munros in Scotland.
So where are these Munros in Scotland? MunroMap.co.uk is an interactive website that maps all of the Munros and Corbetts in Scotland, you can view the map here.
In the Cairngorms there are 3 Munros, these and others can be seen on our Highland tours, maybe you might like to try one or two!
- Ben Macdui 4295 ft / 1309 m – Second highest peak
- Braeriach 4252 ft / 1296 m Third highest peak
- Cairn Gorm 4084 ft / 1244.8m Sixth highest peak
Are Munros Suitable for Beginners?
If you are physically fit there are Munros that are accessible for beginners, although it is worth remembering that it’s never easy to bag a Munro. You will need to have a reasonable level of fitness, experience of walking and navigation skills before you venture off and attempt any of them.
The summer months are best for beginners, hiking in the Scottish mountains in winter requires specialist equipment, skills and experience to ensure that you stay safe. And if you do venture out, please remember the Scottish Outdoor Access Code.
Here we have listed 5 Munros in Scotland that are suitable for beginners:
Ben Lomond – 3195 ft / 974 m
Located in the Trossachs National Park and the most southerly Munro in Scotland, Ben Lomond has a clear path that rises gradually, when you reach the top you will get stunning views of Loch Lomond.
Cairn Gorm Mountain – 4084 ft / 1245 m
You will find Cairn Gorm Mountain in the Cairngorms National Park. The car park is located high up so this gives you a head start! Cairn Gorm is home to the elusive ptarmigan.
Broad Cairn – 3274 ft / 998 m
Also located in the Cairngorm National Park in the White Mounth plateau, this Murno will provide stunning views of Loch Muick. More experiences hill walkers might like to tackle it as part of the White Mounth Route, taking in five Munros.
Ben Wyvis – 3413 ft / 1046 m
With amazing views across the north Highalnds, this mountain is located north of Inverness and has a relatively easy ascent.
Fionn Bheinn – 3061 ft / 933 m
This Munro will give you good walking experience over boggy terrain through the first section of the walk. These mountain ranges were formed centuries ago and host impressive vistas from the summit.
Scotland has so much to offer and memories that will last you a lifetime. If you would like to speak to us about your next Scottish adventure you can contact us here, we would love to help you plan your next tour.