Scotland's mountains and hills

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Year of Natural Scotland 2013
Year of Natural Scotland 2013

Celebrate Scotland's natural beauty throughout 2013

The magnificent diversity of Scotland’s mountain landscapes is equally matched by the breathtaking scenery and rich wildlife. From the gentle rolling hills of the Lowlands and Central Belt to the majestic beauty of Scotland’s mountains in the Cairngorms and Highlands, there are trails, routes, hill climbs and mountain adventures to suit walkers of all levels.

Scotland’s iconic Munros offer many rewarding walks and opportunities to explore some of the most beautiful and remote habitats in Europe. Many of the greatest Munros can be found in the region of Lochaber and Torridon in the west Highlands of Scotland. The Cairngorms National Park is also very popular with hillwalkers and you will find four of Scotland’s five highest mountains within the park boundaries.

Scotland’s Corbetts can be overlooked by hillwalkers because they fall short of the magic 3,000 ft mark, but many offer stunning views and can be very challenging to climb, often rivalling the Munros. Popular places to climb Corbetts include the Arrochar Alps, in the Loch Lomond & The Trossachs National Park, and the Southern Uplands of Scotland.

The Grahams are ideal hills for less experienced hillwalkers and those looking to escape to the country for a gentle walk. The area from Loch Lomond and the Trossachs to Loch Tay has many fantastic Grahams to choose from as do the Borders and the Southern Uplands.

Scotland also has a wide range of beautiful glens to explore from the spectacular mountainous valley of Glen Coe to the stunningly beautiful Glen Affric and the ancient fault line of the Great Glen in the shadow of the UK’s highest mountain, Ben Nevis.

Scotland’s mountains, hills and glens will stir your imagination. So if you are a dedicated ‘Munro bagger’ or someone who prefers the quieter routes amongst the hills, then come and discover the unspoilt wilderness of Scotland’s beautiful mountains.

  • A walker on the main path to Ben Arthur, also known as 'the Cobbler' near Arrochar
    The main path to Ben Arthur - 'the Cobbler' - near Arrochar
  • the view across Loch Lomond from the east bank towards the 'Arrochar Alps' in Argyll
    Loch Lomond and the 'Arrochar Alps'
  • two walkers cross a bridge in Glen Doll at the head of Glen Clova
    Glen Doll at the head of Glen Clova
  • the view across Loch Tay to Ben Lawers, a Munro, from near Kenmore, Perthshire
    Loch Tay and the Munro of Ben Lawers, Perthshire
  • Glen Esk, Angus
    Glen Esk, Angus
Loch Trool in the Galloway Forest Park near Newton Stewart

Corbetts

The Corbetts offer stunning views and can be very challenging to climb, often rivalling the Munros.

A couple stop to take in the view of the Rough Firth from the Jubilee Path between Rockcliffe and Kippford

Grahams

Scotland’s smaller mountains, the Grahams, offer an excellent way to explore the outdoors

the view across Loch Tay to Ben Lawers, a Munro near Kenmore, Perthshire

Munros

Scotland’s iconic Munros offer many rewarding walks and opportunities to explore some of the most beautiful habitats in Europe.

A forest track on a hillside above Loch Lochy, through Glen Mor in the Highlands

Glens

Carved by glacial erosion during the last Ice Age and steeped in history, Scotland’s breathtaking and stunning glens are unique and inspiring places which have remained unchanged for thousands of years.

A bridge crossing the South Esk, near Moulzie in Upper Glen Cova

The Angus Glens

Not far from the city of Dundee and the bustling towns of Angus lies a beautiful area full of wildlife and spectacular scenery known as the Angus Glens - five glens which run like fingers through the stunning Angus countryside.

Walking in Scotland

Walking in Scotland

Refresh your senses in Scotland with a wealth of magnificent walking trails.