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Scotland, United Kingdom (UK)|
Bagging a Munro sounds far more exciting than ‘climbing a mountain’ but that is essentially what it boils down to.
Munros are Scottish mountains over 3,000ft high, named after Sir Hugh Munro who first catalogued the peaks as ‘Munro’s Tables,’ in 1891. There are 282 munros in Scotland, the most famous, Ben Nevis, is the country’s highest peak at 4,411ft.
Bagging munros is a traditional Scottish activity, the ultimate goal to reach the summit of all 282. The first person to achieve this was A.E. Robertson in 1901 and since then over 6,000 ‘compleatists’ or Munroists have bagged them all.
On the eastern shore of stunning Loch Lomond, the country’s most southerly – and popular – Munro soars to a height of 3,176ft. There’s a good path which rises gradually to the summit from where you have spectacular views of the loch. Directions here.
Best for ages 13+
Duration: 4-6 hours
Getting there & doing it
There are Munros scattered all across Scotland, each with a different USP, some straightforward to climb, others, such as Skye’s Black Cuillins, more challenging.
You can do many independently but there are also plenty of mountain guides who can take you to the summit.
One of the most useful websites is the Scottish Mountaineering Club which maintains the list of Munros and compleators. It also has a useful Munros App.
When to do it
Even if you are an experienced mountaineer, it is better to avoid the winter months because of snow, ice and the possibility of a sudden deterioration in the weather – and limited daylight hours.
Summer is peak season so the more popular peaks, especially Ben Nevis, are likely to be crowded. Do your research, pick a peak that’s off the beaten tourist track and suitable for your level of expertise and fitness.
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