Mountains of Scotland
The mountains of Scotland are usually the first thing that comes to my mind when I think of the Highlands and Scotland is the most mountainous country in the United Kingdom. The mountains across the Highlands vary in looks from gentle sweeping slopes and plateaus to craggy and dangerous rock faces that challenge some of the world’s best rock climbers, the Mountains even offer great skiing during the winter months.
Some of the most well-known mountain ranges are The Cairngorms, Grampians, Cuillins, and the magnificent mountains around Glencoe, that is home to Buachaille Etive Mòr with its triangular shape best typifies what a mountain should look like. it is located south of Glencoe on the A82 close to the junction of Glen Etive.
Ben Nevis is Scotland’s highest mountain and is located close to Fort William, it is also the highest mountain in the UK at 4,409 ft. In fact 10 of the United Kingdom’s highest mountains are all in Scotland. Ben Nevis can be climbed all year round, but special care should be taken during the winter. The mountain can be easily accessed from Fort William heading down the road to Glen Nevis, There are many places to stay in Fort William and you will find many walkers or climbers who know Ben Nevis well, If you are unsure and not experienced in walking mountains, try to get a guide or walk with someone who has done Ben Nevis before. Many people make the mistake of heading to the foot of the mountain on a nice sunny day in Fort William, and get caught out at the top of the mountain with weather they did not expect. It is much higher than it looks, so do not underestimate Ben Nevis.
Scotlands Highest Mountains
- Ben Nevis 4409 ft
- Ben Macdui 4295 ft
- Braeriach 4252 ft
- Cairn Toul 4236 ft
- Sgor an Lochain Uaine 4127 ft
- Cairn Gorm 4081 ft
- Aonach Beag 4049 ft
- Aonach Mor 4006 ft
- Carn Mor Dearg 4003 ft
- Ben Lawers 3983 ft
Mountains in Scotland that are over 3000 feet are known as Munros, these where named after Hugh Munro who collated a list of mountains over the height of 3000 ft and named it Munro’s tables.
The Isle of Skye is host to one of Scotland’s most spectacular range of mountains named the Cuillins the highest point of the Cuillin mountains is Sgurr Alasdair standing at 3255 feet, these mountains are very rugged and fantastic to look at, anyone seeing these mountains for the first time would be excused for thinking they where standing somewhere else but the British Isles, they make one of the most fantastic vistas anywhere in Europe.
The Cairngorm mountains are well known for the winter skiing available during Scotland’s winter, the Cairngorms sit proudly in the Cairngorm National Park overlooking Aviemore, the mountains are a large plateau and have the largest volume of snow of all the mountains in Scotland, in fact the Cairngorms are home to five of the highest six mountains in Scotland.
I have named only a few mountain ranges available to you in Scotland, and there are many more to visit when you are on holiday in Scotland in the winter or the summer. So don’t forget your camera when you visit Scotland and take some of the most fantastic pictures you will ever own. But also be careful venturing onto the mountains of Scotland as they can be a very unpredictable place, especially during the winter months when the mountain weather can change without much notice. Always let someone know when you are venturing onto the mountains to walk or take photographs, and let them know a time when you are expected to return. Do not go unprepared and always wear the correct clothing and take necessary tools with you like maps, compass, warm clothing and food.