When you think of mountain climbing in Scotland your mind might jump straight to Munros. However there are plenty of other hills, glens, valleys and more you can uncover across Scotland's regions before you start conquering the big ones.

There are 221 Corbetts in Scotland, which are defined as hills that reach between 2,500 and 3,000 ft high, creating the perfect stepping stone between gentler Grahams (between 2,000 and 2,500 ft) and towering Munros (over 3,000 ft). You can find Corbetts across Scotland, all surrounded by stunning scenery and boasting magnificent views from the summit. Some are even nestled away in the landscape, making for an even more tranquil outing in Scotland.

Discovering some of Scotland's best Corbetts

Getting outdoors and heading out for walks, long or short, is great for your health and wellbeing. Breathe in the fresh Scottish air, take some time to yourself, enjoy a digital detox and explore the peaceful landscapes and scenery Scotland has to offer.

Although Corbetts are slightly smaller than Munros, they still provide challenging days out in the mountains, so it is still essential you are prepared and properly equipped for venturing out into Scotland's landscapes. It is important to take a Corbett map and compass with you, and brush up on Safety Outdoors in Scotland before you head off.

1. Ben Tirran, Angus

Located in the east of Scotland, just north of Kirriemuir outside Dundee, Ben Tirran is the highest peak in the landscape north of Glen Clova. Whilst on your hike, you'll come across two beautiful corries with glistening lochans; Loch Brandy and Loch Wharral. There is an easy path to follow up to Loch Brandy, where you'll be met by outstanding views.

Height: 896m (2939 ft)
Distance: 14.5km/9miles
Time: 4.5-6 hours

Explore Ben Tirran.

2. Beinn Chuirn, Argyll

Head west, near Tyndrum, where Beinn Chuirn awaits. Sitting in the shadow of neighbouring Munro, Ben Lui, it's a gold mine to explore. Speaking of gold mines, did you know Tyndrum has its own nearby? Cononish Glen is home to a gold mine, and although you can't get up close, it's still a fascinating insight to the land you're walking on. Soak in the dramatic scenery as you hike your way to the top of Beinn Chuirn.

Height: 880m (2887 ft)
Distance: 16km/10miles
Time: 5.5-6 hours

Explore Beinn Chuirn

3. Broad Law, Scottish Borders

Venture to the Scottish Borders where you'll be in awe of the landscapes that surround you. Broad Law is the highest hill in the region and is also part of the Southern Uplands of Scotland. This Corbett is a prominent peak nestled into the area and the Broad Law walk is a popular ascent for locals and visitors alike, with panoramic views at the summit that stretch for miles in every direction. There is also a very scenic drive up to the starting point of the walk too, with impressive views over Talla Reservoir.

Height: 840m (2755 ft)
Distance: 21.5km/13.25miles
Time: 5.5-6.5 hours

Explore Broad Law.

4. Sgòr Mòr, Cairngorms

Travel to one of Scotland's glorious National Parks for a day of exploring the trails of Sgòr Mòr. The Cairngorms National Park is a spectacular place to explore on foot, with hundreds of trails and paths to follow. Sgòr Mòr is an expansive hill, stretching between Glen Luibeg and Glen Dee, and is renowned as one of the best viewpoints in the Cairngorms.

Height: 813m (2667 ft) 
Distance: 20.75km/13miles
Time: 6-7 hours

Explore Sgòr Mòr.

5. White Coomb, D&G

The highest of the Moffat Hills, White Coomb is one of the finest Corbetts in southern Scotland, and also boasts several corries across the wide summit slopes. Head along the White Coomb walk, a circular loop that will take you past the spectacular Grey Mare's Tail waterfall to beautiful Loch Skeen with plenty of viewpoints and scenic sights to see along the way.

Height: 821m (2693 ft)
Distance: 11.5km/7.25miles
Time: 4-6 hours

Explore White Coomb.

6. Fraochaidh, Lochaber, Fort William

This steep-sided Corbett is located in the mountainous landscapes of Lochaber, between Glen Coe and Oban, and poses a scenic challenge for even the most enthusiastic hill walkers. Fraochaidh is a long climb, hidden in the shadows of the neighbouring peaks of Beinn a'Bheithir, but offers immense views for miles around and is a tranquil hill to explore.

Height: 879m (2883 ft)
Distance: 21km/13miles
Time: 7-8 hours

Explore Fraodaich.

7. Goat Fell, Isle of Arran

A popular summit you may have heard of, Goat Fell is the highest peak on the Isle of Arran and a great place to explore whilst visiting this spectacular west coast island. Climbing Goat Fell is incredibly rewarding, and the route links together other peaks in the north of the island, including its three other Corbetts, that you can tick off along the way too. From the top you can see across the islands and beyond, as well as a variety of landmarks too, including Brodick Bay, and north towards Rothesay on the Isle of Bute.

Height: 874m (2867 ft)
Distance: 10.5km/6.5miles
Time: 4.5-6 hours

Explore Goat Fell.

8. Sgùrr an Airgid, Kintail, Highlands

Nestled amongst the grander peaks of Kintail, Sgùrr an Airgid is a shorter climb in comparison and offers a relatively straightforward ascent, revealing some of the region's most magnificent views, as well as being a great introduction to higher mountains in the area too.

Height: 841m (2759 ft)
Distance: 10.5km/6.5miles
Time: 4.5-6 hours

Explore Sgùrr an Airgid.

9. The Cobbler, Loch Lomond

Another popular peak for walking enthusiasts and locals alike, The Cobbler mountain is located in Scotland's other National Park - Loch Lomond & The Trossachs - and is an ideal spot for hiking, amongst other activities too. Also known as Ben Arthur, it is a distinct peak in the landscape and the Cobbler walk features a zig zag path before a pleasant ascent to the summit, and also encompasses both main peaks along the route too.
The true summit of Ben Arthur is quite high and exposed, so if you don't have a head for heights, this might not be the Corbett for you.

Height: 884m (2900 ft)
Distance: 11km/7.25miles
Time: 4-6 hours

Explore The Cobbler.

10. An Sidhean, Loch Ness

Not far from the iconic Loch Ness, you'll find the secluded round-top Corbett, An Sidhean, nestled in the remote wilderness of the Highlands. You can access this Corbett via the road up Glen Strathfarrar, and once you set off on foot, you'll find good stalkers paths on the ascent, making it a relatively straightforward walk amongst beautiful surroundings.

Height: 814m (2670 ft)
Distance: 17km/10.5miles
Time: 6-7 hours

Explore An Sidhean.

11. Clisham, Outer Hebrides

Start your island adventure exploring the highest peak in the Outer Hebrides, Clisham. Scotland's islands are magnificent places to be, and from the summit of this Corbett, you'll be able to see incredible panoramic sights all around you. You can take the direct walk to the top, or choose the slightly longer Clisham Horseshoe route which takes you over the dramatic and rugged ridges of Mulla-Fo-Thuath and Mulla-Fo-Dheas.

Height: 799m (2621 ft)
Distance: 5.25km/3.25miles
Time: 3.5-4 hours

Explore Clisham.

12. Ben Vrackie, Perthshire

One of Scotland's best known Corbetts, Ben Vrackie frames the pretty Highland Perthshire town of Pitlochry and is surrounded by miles of countryside, woodland, and forestry. The Ben Vrackie walk is an easy trail to follow with picturesque views from the summit - a popular climb for visiting enthusiasts and local walkers too.

Height: 841m (2759 ft)
Distance: 10km/6.25miles
Time: 3.5-4 hours

Explore Ben Vrackie.

13. Arkle, Sutherland, North Highlands

Located in the north west Highlands, and lesser known than the neighbouring peak of Foinaven, Arkle boasts a glorious walk to uncover. Featuring a fine, curving ridge of shattered quartzite, it's a rewarding climb for any budding geologists or photographers.

Height: 787m (2582 ft)
Distance: 17.5km/11miles
Time: 6-7 hours

Explore Arkle.

14. Sgòrr nan Lochan Uaine, Torridon, North Highlands 

Hidden away amongst the peaks of Glen Torridon, Sgòrr nan Lochan Uaine is a lesser known climb, but is just as equally as stunning as the surrounding summits. Partner this Corbett with Sgùrr Dubh for a longer hike, both of which offer a superb and rugged mountain walk. The higher Sgòrr nan Lochan Uaine features a sharp peak, though it is often hidden from view, whilst Sgùrr Dubh is one of the rockiest mountains in Scotland. Both are incredible viewpoints to visit.

Height: 871m (2857 ft)
Distance: 14.25km/8.75miles
Time: 7.5-9 hours

Explore Sgòrr nan Lochan Uaine.

15. Cùl Mòr, Assynt, North Highlands

Only in Scotland will you find a peak as magnificent as Cùl Mòr - this picture speaks for itself! Start your climb from the east and enjoy a reasonably straightforward ascent to the top. Take in the magnificent views over the other isolated monoliths of Assynt and Coigach, including Stac Pollaidh and Suilven.

Height: 849m (2785 ft)
Distance: 13.5km/8.5miles
Time: 4-5.5 hours

Explore Cul Mor.

HOW TO CLIMB HILLS RESPONSIBLY

  • Read and follow the Scottish Outdoor Access Code with tips on how to look after your group, your dog, small communities, farm animals, wildlife and our landscapes.
  • Check out Mountaineering Scotland for safety advice and WalkHighlands for full details of the routes, as well as further info on the starting points and terrain, before you decide which matches your walking ability.
  • Wear the right clothes and bring the required equipment, including a map and a compass.