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Scottish munros and munro bagging

Your challenge, should you choose to accept it, is to conquer Scotland's Munros, a list of Scottish mountains which are named after Sir Hugh T Munro, who surveyed and catalogued them in 1891. Climbing these peaks is a great way for experienced walkers to explore some of Scotland's finest scenery and further-flung locations.

What is a Munro?

Munros are mountains that are found across Scotland.

How high is a munro?

Munros are mountains over 3,000 ft (914.4m).

How many Munros are there in Scotland?

There are in total 282 Munros across Scotland. The highest Munro is Ben Nevis at 4,411 ft (1,345 m), though there are lower, but arguably more challenging Munros to climb, such as the 12 airy peaks of the Black Cuillin on Skye and the UK mainland's narrowest ridge walk - the Aonach Eagach - in Glen Coe.

What is Munro bagging?

Munro bagging is a popular pastime in Scotland where walking enthusiasts challenge themselves to climb as many of the peaks as they can - over 6,000 people, called 'compleatists' (or Munroists) have climbed them all so far. If you're wondering about the spelling above, it's an archaic, though we think a cute version of 'complete', which all adds to the tradition of the pursuit. It's also a pastime to savour, however, if you're a mountain goat and want to challenge the quickest round record, set by Munroist Stephen Pyke in 2010, you'll have just 39 days, 9 hours and 6 minutes!

Why not explore our hills and glens if you need something as a warm up before tackling our Munros?

Safety Information

It is always important to be safe when exploring Scotland's mountains and rugged landscapes. Bringing the correct equipment, wearing appropriate clothing and footwear, and educating yourself about the environment around you is key for ensuring your safety.

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