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Easiest Munros

The 10 easiest mountains in Scotland over 3,000 feet high !

Just starting hillwalking, visiting Scotland's hills for the first time or just looking for a quick afternoon walk ?

Below are 10 of the easiest and most straight-forward Munro routes.

All of the routes have very obvious paths to their Munro summits and on some it is possible to continue further and bag more peaks.

There are links to get more information, including maps, longer routes, photos, accommodation and much more.


1 - The Cairnwell and Carn Aosda


The Glenshee Ski Centre sits at 650m above sea-level overlooked by several Munros, including Carn Aosda and The Cairnwell. These two peaks can be hiked in an afternoon involving very little ascent and following good tracks. Alternatively, you could do them all as part of a hillrace taking in another 7 Munros !

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2 - Meall nan Tarmachan


Meall nan Tarmachan is the Munro summit and the most easterly peak on a fine circular ridge walk above Loch Tay. The route starts from below the Lochan na Lairige reservoir at just under 500m above sea-level. The easiest way is straight up and back down ! Alternatively, head around the circuit to hike over three other 'Munro Tops' with some easy rock-scrambling on the way.

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3 - Carn Liath on Beinn a'Ghlo


Beinn a'Ghlo is a massive and complex mountain range towering above Blair Atholl and Glen Tilt. The most southerly peak of this range is Carn Liath, a fine Munro of conical shape as seen from the south. To reach Carn Liath obvious tracks and paths are followed. To continue further along Beinn a'Ghlo's crests, navigation skills will be tested.

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4 - Ben Chonzie


Ben Chonzie sits in the Southern Highlands near Crieff and there are various approaches from Sma' Glen, Glen Turret and Glen Lednock. The easiest route is from Glen Lednock, following fine tracks and fence-posts all the way to the summit cairn. A fine and longer alternative is the circular route above Loch Turret, which also takes in the neighbouring Corbett peak of Auchnafree Hill.

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5 - Cairngorm


The highest point on Cairngorm stands at over 4,000ft above sea-level, yet with the ski centre directly below, the mountain is very accessible. A fine path starts from the centre and leads all the way to Cairngorm's summit, from where views are over vast plateaus with Artic-like tundra, hidden lochans, long narrow crests and dark corries. But beware, due to this mountain's height and location, conditions can change dramatically, even summer !

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6 - Schiehallion


Where scientists estimated the mass of the earth and contours began, Schiehallion is a significant mountain. The shape and isolation of this Munro make it a prominant mountain and a distinctive landmark from some directions. The John Muir Trust own much of the land around Schiehallion and have constructed a fine path up its north-east flank. This path rises to just over 800m, from where terrain becomes a bit tougher than you'd think, and navigation can be testing if the mist is down !

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7 - Mount Keen


Mount Keen is the most easterly of all the Munros, and sits in the fringes of the Cairngorm National Park, south of Ballater. The easiest approach is from the end of the public road in Glen Esk. Fine tracks pass the 'Queen's Well' and lead up to over 650m, from where an excellent path is followed to the summit. A bike is recommended for the cycle along much of the track !

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8 - Mayar and Driesh


The Munro twins of Driesh and Mayar look down over the Angus Glens. The easiest route starts from Glen Doll, where fine tracks, paths and fence-post lines make for straightforward navigation to the summits. This, combined with the relative short distance make for a lovely afternoon's hiking and a good introduction to hillwalking.

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9 - Ben Lomond


The most southerly of all the Munros ! With a well-maintained path to the summit and being close to the large conurbations of the Central Belt, Ben Lomond can therefore can get quite busy, particularly on bank-holidays and in summer. Best therefore to head up first thing in the morning to savour the vast views from the summit in tranquility.

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10 - Ben Vorlich, Loch Earn


The easiest route up Ben Vorlich begins from the shores of Loch Earn and travels through delightful woodland. Easy walking on a fine track to the base of the mountain from where terrain gets rougher. A bit of rock-scrambling can be enjoyed if you fancy extending the route to include the nearby rocky Munro of Stuc a'Chroin.

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Times are calculated using Naismith's rule : 4km/h distance + 600m/h ascent

Other fairly easy Munros that just missed out being in the list of the 10 easiest Munroes are :
  
Ben Wyvis above Dingwall Ben Hope in the far north
Ben More on Mull Glas Tulaichean, Glenshee
Meall Chuach, Dalwhinnie Geal-charn, Dalwhinnie
Beinn na Lap above Loch Ossian   Beinn Ghlas & Ben Lawers


Important note

Although the Munro routes listed are considered easy, it should be noted that conditions on all Scottish hills can change rapidly, therefore never head out under-equiped. Always carry a relevant map and compass and know how to use them !





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