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Join us to discover the Scottish mountains amidst the misty shroud of Scotland’s rugged landscapes. Towering majestically above the country’s untamed beauty, uncover the secrets behind the best Scottish mountains.

As the most mountainous country in the UK, there are countless Scottish mountains woven across the vast territory. Whether nestled in remote countryside, perched on picturesque islands, or on the outskirts of cities, you are never far from these dramatic peaks!

From Munros to Marilyns, there is something for everyone, whether you want to reach unfathomable heights or simply enjoy a leisurely hike with beautiful views. 

For “summit” special, continue reading our guide to the best Scottish Mountains…

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The 10 highest mountains in Scotland are:

  1. Ben Nevis – 4411 Feet
  2. Ben Macdui – 4295 Feet
  3. Braeriach – 4252 Feet
  4. Cairn Toul – 4236 Feet
  5. Aonach Beag – 4049 Feet
  6. Carn Mor Dearg – 4003 Feet
  7. Ben Lawers – 3983 Feet
  8. Beinn a’Bhuird – 3927 Feet
  9. Beinn Mheadhoin – 3881 Feet
  10. Carn Eige – 3881 Feet

Four of these Scottish mountains reside in Lochaber and people flock to the aptly named Lochaber 4000s to attempt to summit them in a day. These include, Ben Nevis, Aonach Beag, Aonach Mor and Carn Mor Dearg.

With endless mountains, its unsurprising that Scottish mountains have been classified into five different categories!

These mountains can fall into more than one category and the categories are as follows:

Munros are hills reaching over 3,000 feet. The list was compiled in 1891 by Sir Hugh Munro and is made up of 282 peaks. This category includes Ben Nevis, Ben Macdui and Ben Lomond.

Corbetts include mountains between 2,500 and 3,000 feet with a relative height of at least 500 feet. There are 222 Corbetts including Beinn a’Chlaideimh and Beinn Dearg.

Coming in between 2,000 and 2,500 feet are the Grahams; there are currently 221 Scottish mountains in this category.

The final two categories that Scottish mountains can fall into are Donalds, which are the 140 hills in the Scottish highlands over 2000 feet. And Marilyns which are hills that have a relative distance of 150m from across the British Isles, of which there are 1,216 Scottish Marilyns.

Lots of mountains in Scotland begin with the word ‘Ben’. This is because they have been translated from their Scottish Gaelic name which begins with ‘Beinn’ which is a Gaelic word for mountain.

Read on to discover more of the original Scottish Gaelic names for some of Scotlands most well-known mountains.

The Best Scottish Mountains

1. Beinn Leitir (Ben Ledi), Stirling (2,884 feet)

Ben Ledi

2. Beinn Laomainn (Ben Lomond), Comer (3,196 feet)

Ben Lomond

3. Beinn Laghail (Ben Loyal), Lairg (2,507 feet)

Ben Loyal

4. Beinn MacDuibh (Ben Macdui), Ballater (4,295 feet)

5. Beinn Mhòr (Ben More), Crianlarich (3,852 feet)

Ben More

6. Beinn Nibheis (Ben Nevis), Fort William (4,413 feet)

Ben Nevis

7. An Càrn Gorm (Cairn Gorm), Ballater (4,084 feet)

Cairn Gorm

8. Sìth Chailleann (Schiehallion), Pitlochry (3,553 feet)


9. Sgùrr nan Gillean, Isle of Skye (3,170 feet)

10. Sùilebheinn (Suilven), Lairg (2,398 feet)

11. Bidean nam Beann (The Three Sister of Glencoe), Glencoe (3,770 feet)

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