Scotland is a gorgeous country with stunning landscapes. Thankfully, there are many options to choose from if you are looking to explore its amazing nature and climb some breathtaking mountains. However, you might be wondering “What is the highest mountain in Scotland?”
The Munros are Scotland’s mountains that have over 3,000 feet (914 meters) in elevation. There are 282 Munros, so you have plenty of peaks to choose from. You can even make it your personal goal to climb all of them. Thus, whether you pick one of the top 12 highest mountains in Scotland or go through all of the Munros, you’ll have the adventure of a lifetime.
At 4,411 feet (1,345 meters), Ben Nevis is the highest mountain located in Scotland. It can be found in the Grampian Mountains, and it is a formerly active volcano. Basically, the volcano’s roof collapsed into its magma chamber, creating Ben Nevis.
There are different routes you can take to reach this peak for a climbing adventure. For example, some hikers prefer The Mountain Track, while others go for the Carn Mor Dearg Arête route. The latter is a bit more challenging and requires practice and experience as a hiker.
Every year, thousands of people climb the mountain from the base. On average, it takes between 7 and 9 hours to reach the top.
Ben Macdui is the 2nd highest mountain in Scotland. It peaks at 4,295 feet (1,309 meters). While it’s lower than Ben Nevis, this mountain is a bit more difficult to climb. For this reason, you should have the proper equipment and skill. Furthermore, the best route to take – and the easiest – is through the Cairn Gorm plateau. The climb will take an average of 6 to 8 hours.
Found in Scotland’s Cairngorms National Park, Beaeriach is the 3rd highest mountain in the region. Sitting at 4,252 feet (1,296 meters) the mountain represents a challenge to many climbers, mainly due to its weather conditions. The peak is known to experience heavy snowfall and strong winds quite often. So, this makes it more suitable for experienced climbers.
The best route to take is through the Chalamain Gap that starts at the Sugar Bowl car park. Regardless or the route, if you want to enjoy the great wilderness in the area, then Beaeriach is certainly a choice to consider.
The next peak on the list is Cairn Toul, a mountain with stunning views that will make any hiker’s experience unforgettable. The mountain has 4,236 feet (1,291 meters) and it has well-defined ridges. Also, it’s part of the Cairngorms mountains and it’s pretty close to the Braeriach. So, if you visit the Braeriach, you may want to explore its neighbor as well.
For a smoother experience, you can start hiking in Glen Feshie, Lairig Ghru, or the Linn of Dee.
Sgòr an Lochain Uaine
If you go to Glenmore Forest Park, you have the opportunity to see the Sgòr an Lochain Uaine. This mountain measures 4,127 feet (1,258 meters). It is close to Lochan Uaine lake, from where it also got its name. You can enter the Sgòr an Lochain Uaine area through the Auchlean in Glen Feshie. You can then go up over the Càrn Bàn Mò.
The sixth tallest mountain in Scotland is none other than Cairn Gorm. Its name translates to “green cairn” or “blue cairn”. This peak is known for its ski resort and its weather station and it has 4,084 feet (1,244.8 meters).
To reach Cairn Gorm, you can get Windy Ridge or the Fiacaill a’ Choire Chais path. For an excellent scramble, you can also settle for the Fiacaill Coire an t-Sneachda ridge.
Aonach Beag and Aonach Mòr
Next on the list, we have Aonach Beag and Aonach Mor. The former is 4,049 feet (1,234 meters) high, whereas the latter is 4,004 feet (1,220.4 meters) high. Basically, the two make the Aonachs, which is a ridge of mountains shaped like a horseshoe.
A popular route to these mountains begins at the Nevis Range center, from where you can start walking on a track into the wilderness.
Càrn Mòr Dearg
Càrn Mòr Dearg peaks at 4,012 feet (1,223 meters), and it is a common climbing mountain for experienced hikers. It’s to the east of Ben Nevis, and while it’s challenging as a route, it has some stunning views.
People usually climb from the CIC hut to the summit ridge. Still, it’s extremely important to be careful, as it’s quite a broken and loose surface.
Ben Lawers has 3,983 feet (1,210 meters) and it is located close to Loch Tay, which is the sixth largest lake in Scotland. While it is certainly not the highest mountain in the world, Ben Lawers is the highest one in the Central Highlands. So, it can take up to six hours to complete the route.
In order to reach the mountain, most individuals take the high-level car park and go through Beinn Ghlas.
At 3,923 feet (1,196 meters), this mountain can be accessed from the Glen Quoich ancient pinewoods, although some people also take the Gleann an t-Slugain moors. If this mountain is on your list, get ready because it can take between 7 and 9 hours to reach the top. Despite this, the views are definitely rewarding.
Càrn Eige has 3,881 feet (1,183 meters) and is the highest mountain in the northern area of Scotland. Due to its unusual shape, which resembles a horseshoe, it can give walkers quite a long journey, requiring between 10 to 13 hours to get to the top.
In case you want to take this route, you can begin your journey at the Chisholm Bridge car park.
On the twelfth spot, we have Beinn Mheadhoin, which is 3,878 feet (1,182 meters) high. Although it resembles a hill more than a mountain, it’s not hard to notice various granite rock formations at the summit plateau. On average, people take 8 to 9 hours to climb the mountain, after which they are able to see a stunning view.
In case you want to get to the northeast shoulder, you can take the route from below Loch Avon. Meanwhile, from down to Loch Etchachan, you can reach the southwest shoulder.
The Top 100 Munros
The name “Munros” refers to a classification system named after Sir H.T. Munro. Basically, it represents the highest mountains in Scotland. Sir H.T. Munro was the first one to make a compilation of all the peaks exceeding 3,000 feet (or 914 meters) in Scotland, which is why the system was named after him.
In total, there are 282 Munros in Scotland. Only 34 mountains in the rest of the United Kingdom reach more than 3,000 feet. Here are the top 100 Munros:
|Munro no||Munro Name||Height in Metres||Height in Feet||Area or Range|
|1||Ben Nevis||1344.53||4411||Fort William to Loch Treig & Loch Leven|
|2||Ben Macdui [Beinn Macduibh]||1309||4295||Cairngorms|
|5||Aonach Beag||1234||4049||Fort William to Loch Treig & Loch Leven|
|6||Carn Mor Dearg||1220||4003||Fort William to Loch Treig & Loch Leven|
|7||Ben Lawers||1214||3983||Glen Lyon to Glen Dochart & Loch Tay|
|8||Beinn a’ Bhuird [Beinn a’ Bhuird North Top]||1197||3927||Cairngorms|
|10||Carn Eige [Carn Eighe]||1182.8||3881||Loch Duich to Cannich|
|11||Stob Choire Claurigh||1177||3862||Fort William to Loch Treig & Loch Leven|
|12||Ben More||1174||3852||Loch Lomond to Strathyre|
|13||Ben Avon – Leabaidh an Daimh Bhuidhe||1171||3842||Cairngorms|
|14||Stob Binnein||1165||3822||Loch Lomond to Strathyre|
|16||Lochnagar – Cac Carn Beag||1156||3793||Braemar to Montrose|
|17||Sgurr nan Ceathreamhnan [Sgurr nan Ceathramhnan]||1151||3776||Loch Duich to Cannich|
|18||Sgurr na Lapaich||1151||3776||Killilan to Inverness|
|19||Bidean nam Bian||1149.4||3771||Loch Linnhe to Loch Etive|
|20||Ben Alder||1148||3766||Loch Treig to Loch Ericht|
|21||Geal-charn||1132||3714||Loch Treig to Loch Ericht|
|22||Ben Lui [Beinn Laoigh]||1130||3707||Inveraray to Crianlarich|
|23||Binnein Mor||1130||3707||Fort William to Loch Treig & Loch Leven|
|24||An Riabhachan||1129||3704||Killilan to Inverness|
|25||Creag Meagaidh||1128||3701||Loch Lochy to Loch Laggan|
|26||Ben Cruachan||1127||3698||Glen Etive to Glen Lochy|
|27||Meall Garbh||1123.1||3685||Glen Lyon to Glen Dochart & Loch Tay|
|28||Beinn a’ Ghlo – Carn nan Gabhar||1121.9||3681||Pitlochry to Braemar & Blairgowrie|
|29||A’ Chraileag [A’ Chralaig]||1120||3675||Glen Affric to Glen Moriston|
|30||Beinn Tulaichean||945.8||3103||Loch Lomond to Strathyre|
|32||Stob Coire Easain||1115||3658||Fort William to Loch Treig & Loch Leven|
|33||Sgurr nan Conbhairean||1109||3638||Glen Affric to Glen Moriston|
|34||Sgurr Mor||1108||3635||The Fannaichs|
|35||Meall a’ Bhuiridh||1107.9||3635||Glen Etive to Glen Lochy|
|36||Mullach Fraoch-choire||1102||3615||Glen Affric to Glen Moriston|
|37||Creise||1099.8||3608||Glen Etive to Glen Lochy|
|38||Sgurr a’ Mhaim||1099||3606||Fort William to Loch Treig & Loch Leven|
|39||Sgurr Choinnich Mor||1094||3589||Fort William to Loch Treig & Loch Leven|
|40||Sgurr nan Clach Geala||1093||3586||The Fannaichs|
|41||Stob Ghabhar||1090||3576||Glen Etive to Glen Lochy|
|43||Beinn a’ Chlachair||1087||3566||Loch Treig to Loch Ericht|
|44||Beinn Dearg||1084||3556||Loch Broom to Strath Oykel|
|45||Schiehallion||1083||3553||Loch Rannoch to Glen Lyon|
|46||Beinn a’ Chaorainn||1083||3553||Cairngorms|
|47||Sgurr a’ Choire Ghlais||1083||3553||Kyle of Lochalsh to Garve|
|48||Beinn a’ Chreachain||1080.6||3545||Loch Rannoch to Glen Lyon|
|49||Ben Starav||1078||3537||Glen Etive to Glen Lochy|
|50||Beinn Sheasgarnaich [Beinn Heasgarnich]||1077.4||3535||Glen Lyon to Glen Dochart & Loch Tay|
|51||Beinn Dorain||1076||3530||Loch Rannoch to Glen Lyon|
|52||Beinn a’ Ghlo – Braigh Coire Chruinn-bhalgain||1070||3510||Pitlochry to Braemar & Blairgowrie|
|53||Meall Corranaich||1069||3507||Glen Lyon to Glen Dochart & Loch Tay|
|54||An Socach||1069||3507||Killilan to Inverness|
|55||Sgurr Fhuaran||1068.7||3506||Loch Duich to Cannich|
|56||Glas Maol||1068||3504||Braemar to Montrose|
|57||An Teallach – Bidein a’ Ghlas Thuill||1062.5||3486||Loch Maree to Loch Broom|
|58||Liathach – Spidean a’ Choire Leith||1055||3461||Loch Torridon to Loch Maree|
|59||Toll Creagach||1054||3458||Loch Duich to Cannich|
|60||Sgurr a’ Chaorachain||1053||3455||Kyle of Lochalsh to Garve|
|61||Beinn a’ Chleibh||916.3||3006||Inveraray to Crianlarich|
|62||Beinn a’ Chaorainn||1052||3451||Loch Lochy to Loch Laggan|
|63||Glas Tulaichean||1051||3448||Pitlochry to Braemar & Blairgowrie|
|64||Geal Charn||1049||3442||Loch Treig to Loch Ericht|
|65||Creag Mhor||1047||3435||Glen Lyon to Glen Dochart & Loch Tay|
|66||Chno Dearg||1046||3432||Loch Treig to Loch Ericht|
|67||Ben Wyvis – Glas Leathad Mor||1046||3432||Loch Vaich to Moray Firth|
|68||Cruach Ardrain||1045.9||3431||Loch Lomond to Strathyre|
|69||Beinn Iutharn Mhor||1045||3428||Pitlochry to Braemar & Blairgowrie|
|70||Stob Coir’ an Albannaich||1044||3425||Glen Etive to Glen Lochy|
|71||Meall nan Tarmachan||1043.5||3424||Glen Lyon to Glen Dochart & Loch Tay|
|72||Carn Mairg||1042||3419||Loch Rannoch to Glen Lyon|
|73||Sgurr na Ciche||1040||3412||Knoydart to Glen Kingie|
|74||Meall Ghaordaidh||1039.8||3411||Glen Lyon to Glen Dochart & Loch Tay|
|75||Beinn Achaladair||1038.5||3407||Loch Rannoch to Glen Lyon|
|76||Carn a’ Mhaim||1037||3402||Cairngorms|
|77||Sgurr a’ Bhealaich Dheirg||1036||3399||Loch Duich to Cannich|
|78||Gleouraich||1035||3396||Glen Shiel to Loch Hourn and Loch Quoich|
|79||Carn Dearg||1034||3392||Loch Treig to Loch Ericht|
|80||Beinn Fhada||1032||3386||Loch Duich to Cannich|
|81||Am Bodach||1031.8||3385||Fort William to Loch Treig & Loch Leven|
|82||Ben Oss||1029||3376||Inveraray to Crianlarich|
|83||Carn Gorm||1029||3376||Loch Rannoch to Glen Lyon|
|84||Carn an Righ||1029||3376||Pitlochry to Braemar & Blairgowrie|
|85||Sgurr a’ Mhaoraich||1027||3369||Glen Shiel to Loch Hourn and Loch Quoich|
|86||Sgurr na Ciste Duibhe||1027||3369||Loch Duich to Cannich|
|87||Ben Challum [Beinn Challuim]||1025||3363||Glen Lyon to Glen Dochart & Loch Tay|
|88||Beinn a’ Bheithir – Sgorr Dhearg||1024||3360||Loch Linnhe to Loch Etive|
|89||Liathach – Mullach an Rathain||1023||3356||Loch Torridon to Loch Maree|
|90||Buachaille Etive Mor – Stob Dearg||1021.4||3351||Loch Linnhe to Loch Etive|
|91||Ladhar Bheinn||1020||3346||Knoydart to Glen Kingie|
|92||Meall na Aighean||981||3219||Loch Rannoch to Glen Lyon|
|93||Meall Garbh||968||3176||Loch Rannoch to Glen Lyon|
|94||Aonach air Chrith||1019.5||3345||Glen Shiel to Loch Hourn and Loch Quoich|
|95||Beinn Bheoil||1019||3343||Loch Treig to Loch Ericht|
|96||Mullach Coire Mhic Fhearchair||1015.2||3331||Loch Maree to Loch Broom|
|97||Garbh Chioch Mhor||1013||3323||Knoydart to Glen Kingie|
|98||The Saddle||1011.4||3318||Glen Shiel to Loch Hourn and Loch Quoich|
|99||Beinn Ime||1011||3317||Inveraray to Crianlarich|
|100||Beinn Udlamain||1010.2||3314||Loch Ericht to Glen Tromie & Glen Garry|
As you can see, Ben Nevis is the tallest among the Munros, and can provide you with breathtaking views. However, Scotland has numerous other tall mountains, such as Ben Macdui, Braeriach, Cairn Gorm, and many others that can offer you unforgettable adventures.