40 Highest Mountains in the UK
The UK is an excellent destination for mountain walkers. With thousands of peaks at varying elevation and prominence, there’s a mountain here for all levels of hikers who love adventure.
Whether you’re looking for a challenge, or just an excellent time outdoors, there’s a mountain for you in the UK. Here are some of the highest mountains in Britain’s Mainland that are a must-see and must-climb.
Ben Nevis (4,437ft)
Ben Nevis in Scotland is the highest mountain in the UK mainland. It’s a popular spot among mountaineers accounting for 160,000 ascents every years. The mountain has some excellent climbing and mountaineering routes on the craggy north face but it’s the tourist path that gets all the attention.
Ben Macdui (4,320ft)
Ben Macdui is the highest peak in the Cairngorm National Park. There’s an old Scottish folklore that says Ben Macdui is haunted by the ‘Grey Man of Macdui.’ The man is said to be 10 feet tall covered with short hair. But don’t let that derail you from tackling this scenic ascent.
On the western side of the Cairngorms, sits Braeriach, which is the tallest mountain on that side. It has Britain’s only year-round snow patches which you can find on the Garbh Choire Mor on its northern corries. Braeriach is easily one of the finest mountains to ascend in the UK. It requires a long approach walk to take in the wildly place and the plateau with many beautiful and dramatic corries.
Cairn Toul (4,236ft)
Cairn Toul sits within the Cairngorm National Park. It shares the same ridge with Braeriach but it is its own mountain. It presents a difficult one-day ascent. It’s best to have an overnight wild camp. If you’re up to the challenge, you can take the fast and light ascent from the Cairngorm Ski Centre car park. While here, you can also bag the other Cairngorm 4000+ft peaks.
Sgor an Lochain Uaine (4,127ft)
Sgor an Lochain Uaine is considered a sister peak to Cairn Toul. This munro’s peak is also called ‘Angel’s Peak.’ The mountain is extremely remote and planted in the heart of the Cairngorms. Its summit overlooks the spectacular Garbh Choire.
Cairn Gorm (4,085ft)
The Cairn Gorm serves best as a ski resort. It has 11 lifts, nine button tows, funicular and a drag tow. Unfortunately, the snow in Scotland is not as it once was. As a mountain, the Cairn Gorm is not as interesting as the other peaks. The peak sits just 150m from the funicular station so you will always have that loud and tourist-filled feeling that comes with having a railway line on the mountain side.
Aonach Beag (4,048ft)
Aonach Beag is joined to the Aonach Mor by a ridge. You can ascent the Beag from multiple angles. But most mountain walkers prefer the approach from Aonach Mor since it is easier. If you decide to tick off both Munros on the same trip, you can use a little help from the gondola. Of the two, the Beag is the less visited one.
Aonach Mor (4,006ft)
The smaller of the Aonachs is the most visited. It lies 3km north east of the Ben Nevis. The mountain hosts the Nevis Range which is known for having the most accessible freeride skiing in Scotland and is also popular for downhill mountain biking.
Carn Mor Dearg (4,000ft)
Carn Mor Dearg means ‘great red peak’. It’s the mountain sandwiched between Ben Nevis and the Aonachs. The mountain is linked to Ben Nevis via the Carn Mor Dearg arête ridge. Ascent via the ridge provides the most scenic and stunning ways to reach the peak in winter and summer.
Ben Lawers (3,984ft)
Ben Lawers is located in its own Ben Lawers National Nature Reserve. The mountain was for the longest time thought to be 4,000ft high. But once measured, it fell 17 feet short. It is a popular Munro perhaps because of the presence of a high level car park that makes the ascent easier.
Bienn a’Bhuird (3,927ft)
The mountain’s name is inspired by the vast high plateau on the eastern Cairngorms. The shortest approach is up the Glen Quoich but the route is not short per se. The hardest part of walking this mountain is around the summit. Years of bad weather have left the paths impassable not to mention that you have to deal with a river crossing.
Carn Eige (3,881ft)
This is the highest mountains north of Great Glen. It is the point where a range of peaks meet and is commonly bagged together with the adjacent Mam Sodhail. The shortest ascent route is up the Allt Coire Leachavie.
Stob Choire Claurigh (3,862ft)
This is the highest mountain in Stob Choire Claurigh. From a distance, the peak of the Stob Choire Claurigh looks like it is covered in scree. It’s an excellent range that makes for a classic ridgewalk and should at least include the adjacent Stob Coire an Laoigh.
Ben More (3,852ft)
The towering pyramid that stands near Crianlarich is easily recognisable. It is joined to the nearby Stob Binnein from a distant views. From the Benmore Farm, the slopes are extremely steep. You can also ascend from inverlochlarig to the south and renascent over Stob Binnein when returning.
Lochnagar – Cac Carn Beag (3,789ft)
Lochnagar is a popular mountain with hillwalkers, it’s located in the Grampians of Scotlands near Barlmoral. The mountain makes a great spot for winter and summer climbing. The summit experiences snowy winters and cool summers. It’s best to consider this when going up to the summit.
Sgurr na Lapaich (3,773ft)
On the north side of the Lock Mullardoch, you will find the Sgurr na Lapaich. It’s the highest of the Huge and is on a remote patch of the ranges. On a clear day you can see it from the Kessock Bridge. The Gleann Innis is the shortes route but the road is private.
Bidean nam Bian (3,770ft)
Biden nam Bian is a popular mountain particularly because of its peaks which are called the ‘Three Sisters.’ It presents a challenge to mountaineers because of the rocky and complex terrain with sections of steep screen. The decent is not easy as well as it is steep and loose.
Ben Alder (3,766ft)
Ben Alder is among the remotest of the Munros. It has a spacious plateau summit that is surrounded by steep slopes and cliffs. Its best known for its memorable and standout character. The easiest route is the bothy at the Benalder Cottage. If you’re looking for some drama, take the Long Leachas route.
Ben Lui (3,710ft)
Take a break from all the dramatic peaks and enjoy the graceful peak that Ben Lui offers. It’s one of the finest moutnains in the Southern Highlands with the Dalrigh side being the best. The much shorter route from Glen Lochay is the most practical and most commonly used.
Binnein Mor (3,709ft)
Of the magnificent Mamores range, Binnein Mor has the highest peak. For keen hillwalkers, this mountain that stands proudly and graceful offers tremendous views on to the adjacent mountains. The highlight of conquering this range is ridgewalking. The best one is the south linking ridge which links to the main ridge.
Creag Meagaidh (3,710ft)
Creag Meagaidh has a vast plateau and qualifies as one of the higher mountains in the central highlands. It has a disctinctive cleft of the window that makes the mountain recognisable from a distance. Its Coire Ardair only compares to the Ben Nevis making this mountain a Mecca for climbers.
Ben Cruachan (3,694ft)
Between Loch Awe and Lock Etive, there’s a range of sharp peaks. The highest of the grand range is Ben Cruachan. The mountain houses a huge underground hydro-electric power station under the central corrie. The Ben Cruachan and Stob Daimh circuit is the most common route.
Beinn a’Ghlo (3,681ft)
Beinn a’Ghlo has three summits. Carn Liath is the lowest but also the most prominent. You can see it from the A9 road. You can traverse the three summits of the Beinn a’Ghlo through the route near Loch Moraig which is the most common.
Like other mountains on this list, A’Chraileag also scores a tag as the highest mountain in its location. It’s the highest mountain bordering the main road to Skye. It has a steep ascent but the ridge walk should be smooth. Some slight scrambling is required and it gets boggy on the downhill.
Stob Coire Easain (3,658ft)
Stob Coire Easain borders its twin the Stob a’Choire Mheadhoin. It has a steep face to the northeast and has a lengthy ridge between the Loch Treig. You can traverse the mountain using the West Highland Railway line of the Lairig Leaccach pass.
Sgurr Mor (3,638ft)
Sgurr Mor is one of the remotest Munros to reach. To get to the summit, approach from Strathan at the head of King Loch Arkaig. Prepare to climb over the intervening pass going up and coming back down.
Meall a’Bhuiridh (3,635ft)
The highest of Black Mount makes for a grand viewpoint because of its position on the edge of Rannoch Moor. For the better part of the ascent, you will deal with a wildness ascent which is lessened by the ski-tows as you approach the summit.
Beinn a’Chlachair (3,566ft)
Beinn a’Chlachair is located in the Ardverikie Forest south of Loch Laggan. It forms part of three Munros and happens to be the highest. It boasts of a fine corrie on the northern flanks called the Coire Mor a’Chlachiar. In addition, it has an exceptional, spacious plateau. The most convenient route for ascent is through Geal Charn and Creag Pitridh from Loch Laggan.
Snowdon – Yr Wyddfa (3,560ft)
Snowdon is the highest summit in Wales and England. Although the peak has undergone drastic change as a result of the construction of a railway line and a café, it is still majestic and well worth the visit.
Beinn Dearg (3,556ft)
When you’re looking to take a break from the plateau summits, the dome shaped Beinn Dearg offers great reprieve. It has high, deep and atmospheric corries and getting to the summit always feels like a crowning moment. The Beinn Dearg Munros circuit from Inverlael is the fastest approach.
Sgurr a’Choire Ghlais (3,553ft)
This one of a kind mountain features a grand peak at the centre of the Glen Strathfarrar Munros with two fine cairns. The Circuit of the Strafarrar Munros has access restrictions and the mere remoteness of the upper Glen orrin is often enough to discourage most mountaineers.
The Schiehallion appears as a perfect cone when you’re standing across at the Loch Rannoch. It is one of the most familiar mountains in Scotland and a hillwalkers’ favourite. The contour lines that appear on the mountain were formed during an experiment to determine the mass of the earth.
Beinn a’Chreachain (3,547ft)
Beinn a’Chreachain sits on the eastern most side of the Orchy Munros. It’s not as refined as Beinn A’ Chaladair but it has its own set of impressive Coire an Lochain on the northern flank. For extra fit walkers, you can traverse and detour from Beinn Achaladair to include Beinn Mhanach in your traverse.
Ben Starav (3,537ft)
Ben Starav grins down on any walker brave enough to approach it. It rises up steeply but has some excellent ridges higher up that make a great viewpoint and well-worth the challenge. The ascent is quite tough. But for walkers with superb fitness, you can extend the route to cover other mountains.
Beinn Heasgarnaich (3,537ft)
There are numerous ways you can approach this mountain. The best is through the high private road that links Glen Lochay and Glen Lyon. But be prepared to battle with the peat bogs that protect the mountain. The Lairig nan Lunn private road is the fastest way to reach the summit.
Sgurr Fhuaran (3,501ft)
Avid hill walkers have heard of the Five Sisters of Kintail. Sgurr Fhuaran is the central and the highest peak of the five. It’s a perfect cone with one of the most continuous ascent route, which is its west ridge. In most case, mountaineers approach the mountain over its neighbours.
Carnedd Llewelyn (3,941ft)
Although it is 37th on this list, Carnedd Llewelyn is the second highest mountain in Wales. It is located in the heart of the Carneddau range. The easiest way to reach it is by the ridges that extend in four directions.
An Teallach (3,461ft)
An Teallach is one of those mountains that you can never get enough of. It leaves memories ingrained in your brain and you will want to keep coming back. This fabled mountain is often considered as one of the best in Britain. It’s a full-traverse with magnificent scramble and gives a day of views and drama. For walkers looking for an easier ascent, there are back routes you can use.
If you were to run a poll, a fair share of mountaineers and hill walkers would vote for Liathach as one of the finest mountains in Scotland only rivalled by An Teallach. A traverse through this mountain is one that you won’t forget as you meander through the well-trodden but steep terrain.
Ben Wyvis (3,432ft)
This huge, bulky and isolated Munro rises like an elephant from the lower moors. It offers numerous views. Because of this, it is a popular ascent. The Ben Wyvis route near Garbat is the most popular and offers an eccentric ascent.