There are 282 mountains in Scotland over 3000ft (914m) which are collectively known as Munros. For many folk who enjoy hillwalking in the UK to walk and 'bag' them all is a rewarding challenge and an enjoyable way of seeing the many wonderful areas of Scotland. Over many years I have had the privelage of living in some of the most beautiful and fantastic locations The Highlands has to offer and have got to know many of the Munros exceedingly well. Areas such as Torridon, Skye, Wester Ross, Lochaber, Mull , Perthshire and of course The Cairngorms. Below are just a small selection and some of my favourite areas and mountains I like to guide groups on.
Narrow ridges, soaring peaks, coastal views, remoteness and fascinating geology-Torridon has it all. Located in the far NW Highlands the mountains of Torridon are my personal favourites. The long journey up to this area is well worth the visit, the Highlands at their very best. We usually spend several days in the area and base ourselves at the excellent Youth Hostel with many walks straight from the door. The three most well known and spectacular mountains are Beinn Alligin, Liathach and Beinn Eighe. There is easy scrambling along the long ridges making for wonderful traverses with coastal and sea views close by. There are many other hills in the area including the Munro's of Beinn Liath Mor, Maol Chean Dearg, Sgurr Ruadh and Slioch on Loch Maree.
The magical or misty Isle of Skye, depending what the weather is like! But whatever the weather it is a very special place with a variety of scenery, geology and walking to suit everyone's abilities or head for heights! The Black Cuillin are probably the most well known mountains on the island and the majority of the summits require some scrambling but are within the capabilities of the experienced hill walker.
Glencoe is a wonderful area for walking, scrambling or climbing and just half an hour drive from Fort William. Ill famed for the dreadful massacre but really it's the beautiful, striking mountains that make a lasting impression as they suddenly and spectacularly come into view as you drive across Rannoch Moor on the A82. There are numerous mountains and hills to choose from for a days hiking in the glen. Bidean nam Bian is the highest peak in the area. Close by are famous and well known mountains such as the Aonach Eagach and Buachaille Etive Mor and The Ballachuilish Horseshoe amongst many other hills of Munro stature.
For me this is the finest mountain in the UK. A beautiful horseshoe ridge with many pinnicles and summits, narrow and exposed in places but quite an easy scramble. With views out to the NW coast and typical Torridonian sandstone rock. If you can only choose one day of mountain walking in the whole of Scotland then this should be it!
The most remote area in the whole of Britain. No roads and situated near the coastline. Many mountains including three Munros which can be climbed from Inverie in long days. The glens in the area have superb walking paths and some idylic camp spots and it is well worth having a two day camping trip to savour the area. Ladhar Bheinn is the highest peak in the peninsula and has many long ridges that cumulate at the main summit with one of the most beautiful views in Scotland.
Glen Shiel makes a perfect starting point to the many mountains that make up the Kintail area. With over 12 Munro summits easily achieved from a base in the glen it offers the walker superb ridge walking linking many Munro summits in just one day's walking. The Claunie Inn in Glen Shiel makes a most comfortable and convienient place to stay for two or three days of walking.