Large parts of the Highlands of Scotland are wild and mountainous.  Whilst the mountains may lack the height of some mountain ranges elsewhere in the world, the challenges they offer the walker and climber are equally as rewarding.

Scotland has therefore attracted a rich history for climbers, mountaineers, hikers and adventure seekers.

Mountains in Scotland whose peaks are 3,000 feet or over are collectively named Munros.  The summits are named after Sir Hugh Munro who in 1891 published the tables in the Scottish Mountaineering Club Journal.  At the time, the collation of this list was a major exercise, taking over 20 years.

Since then, many people have used the list to tackle Scotland’s mountains, and bearing in mind there are 283 peaks on the list, it is a considerable achievement to complete them all.

We are spoilt for choice with Munros in Glencoe, The Glen Etive Hills and The Mamores and plenty more if you don’t mind a short drive out.  Ben Nevis is the highest munro at 4411 ft and just a short distance away in Fort William.

The following is a list of some of the munros in the area,

Glencoe Munros

Sgnor na h-Ulaidh (3261 ft)
Buachaille Etive Mor – Stob Dearg (3350ft), Stob na Broige ( 3136ft)
Buachaille Etive Beag – Stob Dubh (3143ft), Stob Coire Raineach (3035ft)
Bidean Nam Bian (3773ft), Stob Coire Sgreamhach (3517ft)
Aonach Eagach – Meall Dearg (3127ft), Sgorr nam Fiannaidh (3173ft)
Beinn a Bheithir –  Sgorr Dhearg (3360ft), Sgor Dhonuill (3284ft)

The Glen Etive Hills

Ben Starav (3537ft)
Glas Bheinn Mhor (3271 ft)
Beinn nan Aighenan (3150ft)
Stob Coir’ an Albannaich (3425ft)
Meall nan Eun (3045 ft)
Stob Ghabhar (3567 ft)
Stob a’ Choire Odhair (3100 ft)
Creise (3609 ft)
Mealll a’Bhuiridh (3635 ft)
Beinn Sgulaird (3074 ft)
Beinn Fhionnlaidh (3146 ft)

The Mamores

Binnein Beag (3049ft)
Binnein Mor (3707ft)
Na Gruagaichean (3465ft)
Sgurr Eilde Mor (3314ft)
An Gearanach (3222ft)
Stob Coire a’ Chairn (3218ft)
Am Bodach (3386ft)
Sgurr a’ Mhaim (3606ft)
Stob Ban (3278ft)
Mullach nan Coirean (3081 ft)

A couple of good reference sites for the Munros and information of walking up them is Munro Madness or alternatively Walk Highlands

Please check out the information on mountain safety and the weather conditions before heading out, carry suitable equipment with you and make sure someone is made aware of the route you will be taking and approximate return time.

There are several mountain guides in the area who can help you tackle those Munros which are outside of your comfort zone.

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