Scotland's Grahams

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Year of Natural Scotland 2013
Year of Natural Scotland 2013

Celebrate Scotland's natural beauty throughout 2013

  • the view across Loch Lomond from the east bank towards the 'Arrochar Alps' in Argyll
    Loch Lomond and the 'Arrochar Alps'
  • A couple stop to take in the view of the Rough Firth from the Jubilee Path between Rockcliffe and Kippford
    The Jubilee Path between Rockcliffe and Kippford overlooking the Rough Firth
  • A couple stop to take in the view of Loch Bad A' Ghaill and the mountains of the Inverpolly Forest
    Loch Bad A' Ghaill and the mountains of the Inverpolly Forest

Scotland’s smaller mountains, the Grahams, offer an excellent day out for all the family and are a great way to encourage children to explore the outdoors and take an active interest in nature. They are also ideal hills for the less experienced and those looking to escape to the country for a gentle walk.

The Grahams

  • Grahams are hills between 2,000 ft (610 m) and 2,499 ft (761 m) and have at least a 150 ft (45.7 m) drop between them.
  • Originally they were affectionately referred to as Elsies (‘LC’s’ or Lower Corbetts).
  • They were renamed in 1992 after Fiona Torbet (nee Graham) published her own list of these hills.
  • There are 224 separate Grahams scattered across Scotland.

The most famous of these hills is the magnificent Stac Pollaidh (pronounced Stack Polly) 2,008 ft (612 m) tall in the north west Highlands. To reach the summit, you can take a long meandering path, or if you’re an experienced climber, you can scramble up the side to make it to the top and enjoy some of the most stunning views out across western Scotland.

Cnoc Coinnich, at 2,496 ft (761 m), is the second highest Graham and forms part of the Arrochar Alps in Argyll. This is a lovely area and the walk up to the summit will take between four and five hours, from where you’ll experience stunning views of the Firth of Clyde and the sea lochs to the south.

You will find many Grahams are also classified as Donalds, the collective name given to hills more than 2,000 ft (610 m) situated in the Lowlands of Scotland. An excellent Donald to climb is Meikle Millyea, at 2,448 ft (746 m), in the Galloway Forest Park. From the summit you will be rewarded with fantastic views of the Dungeon Hills to the west.

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