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Central Highlands

Mountain hiking routes on Scotland's Central Highlands

The finest hill-walking and scrambling routes on the mountains in Scotland's Central Highlands.

On this page you'll find a list of hill-walking routes in the Central Highlands of Scotland. The routes are grouped into mountain ranges, with the most northerly at the start of the page and the most southerly at the bottom of the page.


No roads penetrate the vast grass covered Monadh Liath moorland making for challenging navigation, even in clear conditions ! The Munros and Corbetts in this area may not be the most exciting, but there's a good chance to spot wildlife.

Creag Meagaidh sits above Coire Ardair and its spectacular cliffs that are famed for winter climbing. The neighbouring Munro summits include Beinn a' Chaorainn which in winter has vast coires that are topped with huge and unstable cornices.

Rolling hills above deep glacially carved glens. A quiet area with a fair sense of remoteness, until confronted by vast windfarms !

In Ardverikie, the Munros of Beinn a' Chlachair, Geal Charn and Creag Pitridh form a fairly compact group accessed by good estate tracks and fine stalkers paths higher up.

To the west and south of Drumochter Pass and Dalwhinnie, several Munro and Corbett summits can walked over separate routes, on all of which a bike will cut down access time ! Routes on the Munros are straightforward, but the more remote Corbetts may challenge navigation.

A cycle in on good tracks along Loch Ericht and Loch Pattack leads to a remote bothy encircled by mountain ranges. Best to cycle in and camp to make time to explore this secluded area and its Munros and ridges.

A wonderfully remote area surrounding beautiful Loch Ossian. A delightful train journey, or cycle on fine estate tracks reaches Corrour with its restaurant and hostel nearby.

East of Loch Treig are the two Munros of Chno Dearg and Stob Coire Sgriodain. Very different in character and linked together by a vast grass-covered plateau.

Often referred to as just the 'Easains' or 'This Yin and That Yin', Stob Coire Easain and Stob a' Choire Mheadhoin are the imposing high grey peaks west of Loch Treig. The 'Innses' are the nearby Corbetts of Sgurr Innse and Cruach Innse.

The quartzite blocks of the Grey Corries shimmer in sunlight. This mountain range of peaks and tops form a stunning chain lying south of Spean Bridge and east of the Lochaber 4000s.

Collectively known as the Lochaber 4000ers, this range includes Britain's highest mountain. Some fine ridge-walking and scrambling to be enjoyed !

One of the finest mountain ranges in Scotland. Most folk will split the Mamores range into a few outings, but fit hillwalkers and hill-runners can bag all 10 Munro peaks in one long day ! Glas Bheinn and Mam na Gulainn are a couple of little Corbett hills just outwith the main Mamores ridge.

The Aonach Eagach is reputed to be mainland Britain's narrowest ridge with two Munro summits of Meall Dearg and Sgorr nam Fiannaidh, separated by rock-scrambling requiring a decent head for heights ! Just north of the ridge is Garbh Bheinn, a bouldery dome with some excellent views from the summit.

Meaning 'thunderbolt mountain', Beinn a' Bheithir is a complex horse-shoe shaped mountain above Ballachuilish with several spurs and two Munro summits. Fraochaidh may be overshadowed by its taller Munro neighbours, but its summit is elevated enough to afford some fabulous views towards Morven, Sunart and Mull.

Sgor na h-Ulaidh and Beinn Fhionnlaidh are Munro mountains with hidden craggy sides. A sea-level start from most directions means a fair bit of uphill-push to reach Beinn Sgulaird's summit, which can also be hiked with the nearby Corbetts of Creach Bheinn and Beinn Trilleachan make for long memorable days.

Bidean nam Bian and the Shepherds of Etive are complex mountains on the southern side of Glencoe. Well defined paths can be found over high level ridges, alongside sharp gorges and through hidden glens. Buachaille Etive Mor is the iconic Scottish Mountain !

Above the Black Mount is a chain of Munros running south-north from Loch Tulla towards Glencoe. The West Highland Way aids return from a full-day's ridge-walking on a linear route. Alternatively, the hills can be split into circular routes for shorter outings.

Sitting above a fjord-like loch, Ben Starav is a dramatic peak. This with 4 other Munros make for a superb outing

Weird rock dykes with gold and fine runnable terrain on grass and by forest over 3 Corbetts

Some fine ridge walking. Having a fairly isolated position, this group have long distant views from their summits

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Hillwalking routes on Cruachan


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