25 Highest Mountains in Scotland
Did you know the mountains in Scotland are called Ben? Or that those smaller mountains are called Munros? Bens are Mountains ranging above 4,000 feet while Munros are anything less than that. Scotland has an exceptional collection of mountains where you can go trekking, walking, hiking, or meditate.
Here are the highest 25 mountains Scotland has to offer that you can try and take on:
Ben Nevis (4,411ft)
The highest mountain in Scotland has some of the most amazing views. The breath-taking views are those of the 2,000ft high north face. You can take the classing mountaineers route along the Carn Mor Dearg Arête to get to the top. This ascend path is a grade 1 scramble and among the best hill walks in the UK.
Ben Macdui (4,295)
A walk up the Ben Macdui mountain is relatively easy on a good day. But when winter strikes, the mountain turns into something else. There’s a myth that the Big Grey Man of Ben Macdui haunts this plateau. Apparently, he is over 10 feet tall with olive skin. To ascent this mountain located in the Wild and exposed Cairngorm Plateau, you can use the Linn of Dee route near Braemar or go through the ski centre.
The third highest Munro in Scotland also happens to be the Cairngorms. You can start your ascent through the Lairig Ghru, which is a vast glacial valley in the Chalamain Gap. You will learn quite fast that you’re going to have to work for every metre of ascent through this mountain.
Cairn Toul (4,236ft)
Staying in the Cairngorms, several kilometres south from the Braeriach is the Cairn Toul, which towers over the Lairig Ghru. It’s a steep ascent for Munro Baggers because The Angel’s Peak accompanies it to the North and the Stob Coire an t-saighdeir to the south. If you’re up to the task, you can combine it with the Braieriach.
Aonach Beag (4049ft)
The Aonach Beag is nothing like its cousin, the Aonach Mor. It is relatively off the beaten track. If you’re looking for that lonely ascent, this makes a perfect track. As you approach the summit from Glen Nevis, you will probably see no one and no clear path.
Carn Mor Dearg (4,003ft)
This terrific ridge scramble stands in the shadow of Ben Nevis and has a terrific arête that links the two summits, which is the best route to summit Ben Nevis. The name of this mountain loosely translates to the Big Red Mountain. It happens to be the last mountain to exceed 4,000ft in Scotland.
Ben Lawers (3983ft)
Ben Lawers is the first mountain on the list out of the Cairngorms. It’s also not close to the Ben Nevis and is the highest mountain in Perthshire, overlooking the Loch Tay, with a Nature reserve on the lower slopes. The mountain is accessible by road. For ascent, you can use the eroded path via the Bein Ghlas.
Beinn a’Bhuird (3927ft)
Back in the Cairngorms, the Beinn a’Bhuird is located in one of the remotest parts in the region. There’s a short approach from Allanaquoich, but the 30Km ascent will test even the fittest and experienced walker. It’s perfect for wild camping lovers since the 30Km journey makes the ascent a 2-day trip.
Beinn Mheadhoin (3881ft)
If you don’t find the Beinn a’Bhuird much of a challenge, you should try ascending the Beinn Mheadhoin. Located in the heart of the Cairngorms, the shortest route to the summit of the mountain is over the Cair Gorm Plateau. The 18Km trip is among the best Munro bagging trips in the area.
Carn Eige (3881ft)
It might be the 10th highest mountain on this list. But the Carn Eige is a trailblazer in its own right. It’s the highest mountain in Northern Scotland and one of the most prominent in the UK. The ascent to the summit of this remote mountain is around 23Km and offers the option of bagging other nearby mountains like Mam Sodhail, and you could also tick-off Tom a’choinich. An approach from the North is best tackled using a boat since the Loch Mullardoch prevents access by foot.
Stob Choire Claurigh (3,862ft)
The highest point on the Grey Corries Ridge (Stob Choire Claurigh) makes one of the best walks in Scotland. It has striking quartzite screes, which is where the ridge gets its name from, and it is close to Fort William. You can access the walk by either road or rail.
Ben More (3852ft)
Ben More is the highest mountain in the Loch Lomond. Even though the path is relatively straightforward, the 5Km ascent is brutal and challenging. Most people also use this opportunity to bag the Stob Binnein, which is only a few kilometres to the south. The whole traverse is about 10km.
Ben Avon (3,842ft)
Ben Avon sits opposite Beinn a’Bhuird. It’s located in a remote part of the Cairngorms. Its summit is called the bed of the yellow stag and features a granite tor on a summit plateau. Making your way to the summit is an easy scramble through the granite tor to the true summit.
Stob Binnein (3,822ft)
Stob Binnein is only 9 metres lower in height compared to the Ben More. It is less illustrious than its neighbour but an exciting climb nonetheless, especially when you’re looking to conquer that most mountaineers often assume and pass by. You can also bag the Ben Mor while here.
Beinn Bhrotain (3,796ft)
Still in the remote Cairngorm mountain is the Beinn Bhrotain. It has a relatively flat summit, just like the other surrounding mountains, with interesting conditions during winter, given its significant height. The round trip from the Linn of Dee will include Monadh Mor and totals to a staggering 36Km for the round trip.
Lochnagar – Cac Can Beag (3,793ft)
The summit of this mountain sits deep to the south of the Cairngorms National Park. The name of the summit, Cac Carn Beag translates to Cairn of Faeces, commonly referred to as “little cairn of the slope.” The mountain has its best features tucked in the North East where the Eagle Ridge and The Pinnacle are located.
Sgurr Nan Ceathreamhnan (3,776ft)
Sgurr Nan Ceathreamhnan sits to the West of the Carn Eidge. It’s considered one of the finest mountains in the country because of its sweeping ridges. The shortest route to the mountain is from Glen Afrric Youth Hostel. It is only a few kilometres from the summit. You can walk or use a mountain bike to cut your walk.
Sgurr na Lapaich (3,776ft)
Sgurr na Lapaich is the highest ground in North Scotland. You can approach the mountain from Glen Strathfarrar. You can also use Glen Cannic. But you have to check to make sure the 17-mile private road is open.
Bidean nam Bian (3,771ft)
Bidean nam Bian has the highest of the Glencoe summits. It has three ridges to the NE that end up in three buttresses called the “Three Sister of Glencoe.” It’s a well-known landmark, but one that likes to keep to itself.
Ben Alder (3,776ft)
Getting to the Ben Alder is a gruelling trip. You can climb the mountain from Corrour in one day. But it is best to save this for a 2-day trip. More so if you use either of the Ben Alder flanks. To add to the twist, there’s a ghost believed to haunt the Ben Alder Cottage to the south. Once at the summit, you can enjoy the highest body of water in the UK – the Lochan a’ Garbh Coire.
The Bealach Dubh is what separates Geal-Charn from the Ben Alder. The mountain has a wide and flat summit and is one of the highest points of a shapely ridge of Munros. You can walk from the Corrour to the summit in one long day.
Ben Lui (3,707ft)
This is the highest of the four Munros sitting in the NW of the Loch Lomond and Rossachs National Park. You can take the approach from Glen Locky to the west, which is the shortest. But in this case, the longer eastern approach is better and more scenic. You can include the other Munros in your walk, but be prepared for a single tough walk.
Binnein Mor (3,707ft)
The Mamores is an extensive ridge of Munros located south of Glen Nevis. Binnein Mor is the highest of them. This range that starts at Fort William makes for one the best walks in Scotland. You can ascend from Glen Nevis for the long walk or take the shorter route from Kinlochleven.
An Riabhachan (3,704ft)
An Riabhachan is to the North of the Loch Mullardoch. It is close to the Sgurr na Lapaich. Because this is a remote region, you should consider bagging all the summits in one trip. It is doable.
Creag Meagaidh (3,701ft)
For mountaineers looking for a challenge, the complexity and extensive nature of this mountain to the North of Loch Laggan is perfect. It has a flat summit with plenty of impressive corries and is best known for winter climbing. The Coaire Ardair is the most spectacular scenery on the climb. Luckily the mountain is easily accessible for hikers.