Ladhar Bheinn in Knoydart

Best Munros

The best Scottish mountains over 3,000 feet high

The 10 finest mountains to hike in Scotland that are over 3,000 feet in height !

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What would be the qualities for a mountain to make the list of the top ten 'best Munros'. I think there are many factors - the views from the summit, the shape of the mountain, it's location, the quality of the hike to get to the summit and the suprise of finding something unexpected. Therefore if a mountain is just in a list of the 'most exciting Munros' or the 'most scenic Munros' that doesn't necessarily mean it's in 'the best Munros' list !

So, given everything equal - ie the weather, clarity of views, dryness of rock and ground underfoot, lack of annoying beasties, and much more - my choice for the top ten 'best Munros' would be as below. What would yours be ?

1 - Ben Nevis

Ben Nevis, the highest mountain in Britain - most people who reach the summit of this usually head up via the 'tourist route', or sometimes called the 'pony track'. They'll get to the top, probably in mist and wonder what all the fuss is about. Head around the back to the 'North Face' and you'll see what folk get excited about....

2 - Beinn Eighe

All of Torridon's Munros could make the list of top ten best Munros, but that would have taken up 6 places ! So instead, I've gone for the best of the best in Torridon - Beinn Eighe. Beinn Eighe is a vast mountain, its crests and summits almost entirely made of quartzite. The mountain boasts 7 peaks, two of which are afforded Munro status.....

3 - Bla Bheinn (Blaven)

Blaven is reckoned to be one of the most beautiful mountains in Scotland. It has a unique and distinctive shape with two main summits separated by a narrow ridge. The northern summit is the Munro, with the southern summit given Munro Top status. The views from both summits are fabulous in all directions, with an awesome full-on panorama of the Cuillin Ridge.....

4 - An Teallach

An Teallach, meaning 'the Forge' is the dramatic and imposing sandstone mountain south-west of Ullapool. Winter sunsets on the snow-clad peaks are amazing ! It boasts 10 peaks, two of which are Munro summits. To bag the two Munros takes a mere hike from Dundonnell of around 5 hours. However, this misses the finest part of the ridge.....

5 - Ladhar Bheinn (Larven)

Mighty Ladhar Bheinn (commonly known as 'Larven') is the dominant mountain in Knoydart - a peninsula on Scotland's west coast not reachable by road. Knoydart is a very special place and always holds a deep affection to anyone who visits there. The mountain's topography is complex with many spurs, corries and summits and not a place to be lost in mist.....

6 - Bidean nam Bian

Bidean nam Bian guards the southern edge of Glencoe. A huge and complex massif with intricate corries, impressive buttresses, hidden caves and narrow ridges, Bidean nam Bian is the highest mountain in Argyll and as such, affords spectacular views from its summits. There are many routes for hiking, scrambling and climbing.....

7 - Ben Alder

High plateaus, lochans, ridges, river crossings, fantastic views - Ben Alder and its neighbours have them all ! A cycle in on good tracks alongside lochsides lead to remote Culra bothy encircled by big mountains and far away from civilisation. For fit and keen walkers, the cycle in cuts the walking required to bag Ben Alder and the five nearby Munro peaks down to just 20km.....

8 - A'Mhaighdean

A'Mhaighdean (meaning 'the maiden') is regarded as the most remote Munro, lying deep in the Fisherfield and Letterewe wilderness. Much planning will be needed to get to the summit of this mountain - options include from Poolewe to the west, Dundonnell to the north-east, Kinlochewe to the south or Loch a'Bhraoin.....

9 - Sgurr na Ciche

The mountains in the 'Rough Bounds of Knoydart' are wild and remote. On the eastern fringes of this area, Sgurr na Ciche rises dramatically above Loch Nevis. This mountain's silhouette is a distinctive landmark in the north-west Highlands. There's lots of choice to reach this mountain, all routes are long and require some planning.....

10 - Ben Avon

Ben Avon is a vast mountain with huge plateaux, cliffs and weird volcanic tors. From the south, the route to this Munro is through a Scots Pine forest full of wildlife - from grouse and deer to snakes and ant colonies. Higher up ptarmigan and mountain-hare entertain. The unusual volcanic tors on Ben Avon will have you wandering all over the place.....

The above list is a very personal choice. We'd love to hear what you think make the list of the top 10 best Munros. Let us know and if we get lots of suggestions we'll publish a page with the results !

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