Scottish Munros

Cairn Toull & Devils Point from Braerich, 2015      Beinn Heasgarnich, Spring 2016
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In 1891 Sir Hugh Munro first published a set of tables of the 3,000 feet (>914.4m) mountains of Scotland. Since then later generations of hill walkers have explored the hills and used completion of the list as a challenge. His name has become synonymous with these mountains even though he didn't quite achieve it himself.

I have had an ambition to complete the Munros for many years and have been slowly and sporadically ticking off the list. Why? Aside from the satisfaction of the challenge, it is a great way of getting to see some really beautiful and, in places, desolate parts of Scotland.

There is no exact definition of a Munro so the number of them is open to debate. Running some of the hills is possibly my best chance of success as more can be done in one day. In August 2003 I jogged 8 Munros along the South Shiel ridge from Sgurr na Sgine to Creag a'Mhaim in blisteringly heat; the pint of Guiness at the end was well earned. I have also used a mountain bike on a number of routes which can save some significant time on the way in and out. Lurg Mhor near Achnaschellach has been the best ride in and out from Attadale, especially as the weather was possibly the warmest day I have had in the mountains in Scotland.

Highest munro: Ben Nevis (1,344m). I've been to the top of "The Ben" on quite a few occasions including walking the tourist path, completing the fell race, climbing Tower Ridge and via the Carn Mor Dearg arrete.

Most challenging: Innaccessible Pinnacle (climbed in August 2009, lead climbing gratefully provided by Neil Harwood of Guildford Orienteers).

Current status (August 2018): 225 completed (80%).

Saving to last: Undecided..... should I get to 250 I will start to think about it!

To record progress I have a listing of all UK hills climbed on an online register: http://www.hill-bagging.co.uk/index.php







 

Munros

 

Tops

  Section Number Climbed   Number Climbed
  1.   South of Crianlarich 20 20   6 6
  2.   Rannoch to Bridge of Orchy 26 26   15 15
  3.   Ben Cruachan to Glen Coe 26 26   22 22
  4.   Nevis & South of Laggan 34 25   30 18
  5.   Drumochter Hills 7 7   2 2
  6.   Tarf, Tilt & Cairnwell Hills 15 15   6 6
  7.   Braemar Hills 14 14   16 16
  8.   Cairngorms 18 16   31 24
  9.   Laggan Hills 9 9   12 12
  10. Glenfinnan to South Shiel 26 12   13 6
  11. North Shiel & Affric 22 16   29 16
  12. Achnashellach & Strathfarrer 14 12   9 7
  13. Torridon 9 6   8 8
  14. Fannich 18 12   14 11
  15. Beinn Dearg & Wyvis 7 1   4 3
  16. The far North 4 2   1 0
  17. Skye & Mull 13 6   9 3
  Totals (updated April 2016) 282 225   227 175
  %   80%     77%

Munro 

Year summary

Earlier 47
2003 14
2004
-
2005 10
2006 25
2007 12
2008 6
2009 8
2010
-
2011 7
2012
-
2013 13
2014 6
2015 27
2016
6
2017
23
2018
21
2019



Total 225









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