Scotland's Corbetts

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Year of Natural Scotland 2013
Year of Natural Scotland 2013

Celebrate Scotland's natural beauty throughout 2013

  • 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
  • Loch Trool in the Galloway Forest Park near Newton Stewart
    Loch Trool in the Galloway Forest Park near Newton Stewart
  • a couple walking in the Torridon Hills, Wester Ross and Cromarty, Highlands
    The Torridon Hills, Highlands

The popularity of ‘Munro bagging’ means the satisfying walks offered by Scotland’s beautiful Corbetts can be overlooked by many walkers. The Corbetts offer stunning views and can be very challenging to climb, often rivalling the Munros.

Conquer a Corbett

  • Corbetts are named after John Rooke Corbett (member of the Scottish Mountaineering Club).
  • The Corbett list was compiled in the 1920s and includes hills between 2,500 ft (762 m) and 3,000 ft (914.4 m) with a drop of at least 500 ft (152.4m) between each listed adjacent hill.
  • There are 221 Corbetts.
  • John Rooke Corbett is the first known person to have climbed all of the 2,500 ft (762 m) peaks on the list.
  • In June 1930, Corbett became the first Englishman and fourth person overall to complete the Munros, and only the second person to climb all the Munros and Tops (Mountain tops without sufficient drop to be classified as a separate mountain).

The popularity and appeal of Munro bagging means some hillwalkers are missing out many of Scotland’s best mountains. The Corbetts may be smaller in stature than their more famous cousins, but there are many which offer character, interest and beauty that rivals that of the greatest Munros.

A favourite Corbett amongst hillwalkers, and only just missing out on Munro status, is the impressive Faur Tholl at 2,975 ft (907 m) in Wester Ross. Climb up it and you will discover the huge imposing Mainnrichan Buttress, renowned for its rock and ice climbing, which offers extensive views from the summit in all directions.

The unusual skyline and fabulous views make Ben Arthur, at 2,900 ft (884 m), also known as ‘the Cobbler’, one of Scotland’s most spectacular mountains. This popular mountain is where many of Scotland’s early climbers started training and is part of the Arrochar Alps, in Loch Lomond & The Trossachs National Park, less than an hour’s drive from Glasgow.

White Coomb, at 2,696 ft (821 m), is one of the most dramatic walks in the Southern Uplands of Scotland. Explore the nature reserve and walk up past one of Scotland’s highest waterfalls, Grey Mare’s Tail, at 200 ft (61 m), which inspired Sir Walter Scott to write Marmion. Look out for the many beautiful and rare upland plants in the area and creatures such as peregrine falcons and mountain hares.

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