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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 Tay to Ben Lawers, a Munro, from near Kenmore, Perthshire
    Loch Tay and the Munro of Ben Lawers, Perthshire
  • Looking over a road and farmland towards Lairig Ghru - a mountain pass between Braeriach and Cairn Gorm
    Lairig Ghru, a mountain pass between Braeriach and Cairn Gorm
  • looking over Loch Linnhe to the town of Fort William with Ben Nevis behind
    Loch Linnhe and the town of Fort William with Ben Nevis behind
  • Looking across rhododendrons and trees to Upper Loch Torridon and the mountains beyond
    Looking across to Upper Loch Torridon and the mountains beyond

With their commanding views of spectacular scenery, Scotland’s iconic Munros offer many rewarding walks and opportunities to explore some of the most beautiful and remote habitats in Europe.

Munro facts

  • Named after Sir Hugh T Munro (1856 - 1919), the first man to survey and catalogue all mountains over 3,000 ft (914.4 m).
  • The “Munros Tables” of mountains was first published in 1891.
  • Sir Hugh Munro catalogued 236 peaks which he classified as separate mountains with ‘sufficient separation’ between mountain tops.
  • There are currently 282 Munros and a further 227 separate tops.
  • Sir Hugh died during the First World War before he had the opportunity to climb all the mountains on his list.
  • Climbing these mountains or “Munro bagging” is a popular pursuit with hillwalkers in the UK and around the world.

Many of the most impressive Munros are found amongst the towering mountains of Lochaber and Torridon in the west Highlands of Scotland.

No other mountain symbolises this ancient and rugged landscape more than the magnificent An Teallach at 3,484 ft (1,062 m). With its rocky peaks, long classic scrambles and ridge traverses, this is one of Scotland's finest mountains. Take a trip to this area in the west Highlands and you will also uncover the Nevis Range and the mighty Ben Nevis at 4,409 ft (1,344 m), making it Britain’s highest peak.

If you are looking to explore mountainous terrain then head for the Cairngorms National Park and enjoy some of the most spectacular and challenging walks in the UK. This extensive mountain range contains four of the five highest mountains in Scotland. Discover Scotland’s second largest mountain, Ben Macdui at 4,295 ft (1,309 m), overlooking the famous Lairig Ghru, in the centre of this vast wilderness.

The Ben Lawers Range in the central Highlands is a popular place for hillwalkers. Ben Lawers, at 3,982 ft (1,214 m) is the highest point on this long ridge of peaks on the north side of Loch Tay. From the summit on a clear day you can see from the Atlantic to the North Sea. This beautiful area has been designated a National Nature Reserve in recognition of the unique range of arctic and alpine plants found on its slopes, including alpine saxifrages and gentians.

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