How hard are Munro’s to climb?

How hard are Munro’s to climb?

Many of Scotland’s walkers are a little obsessed with the Munros. The Munros are the 282 Scottish mountains with a summit of at least 3,000ft (914m). Those who walk them are called Munro baggers.

The Munro Tables was first defined by Sir Hugh T Munro in the late 1800s. Sir Munro set out to survey Scotland’s tallest mountain. Sir Munro listed 236 individual mountain peaks but thanks to more modern surveying techniques, there have been several official revisions to his original listing.

The first recorded person to walk a full round of Munros was the Rev A E Robertson in 1901. Since then the Scottish Mountaineering Club (SMC) has recorded 5,500 Munroists, although it’s likely there a many other unrecorded rounds.

These days, Munro bagging is a very popular pursuit and in recent years the number of walkers who have compleated (this is the official word for a person who has finished a full round) has risen sharply. Some walkers even go on to walk a number of rounds. The current record is 15 rounds by Steve Fallon, who has now turned his hobby into a mountain guiding job.

There are some very tough Munros that take a day to walk to and are a challenge to climb. But there are also some much easier Munros that many hikers with a reasonable level of fitness and an ability to use a map and compass could hike.

Of course, a Munro walked in summer and sunshine is a different outing to one walked in winter and a white out, so if you are new to Munro bagging make sure you choose a fine day.

Seven of the easier Munros

Mount Keen
It’s possible to mountain bike much of this Munro, located south of Ballater, although purists would say that a Munro bag is by foot. Still, it’s a fairly easy day out with 2,250ft of ascent over 10 miles. Mount Keen is also the most easterly Munro.

The Cairnwell and Carn Aosda
Starting at high level at the Glenshee Ski Centre these two Munros can be walked in just two hours and over a distance of just 3 miles (5km). The total ascent is 1400ft (430m).

Ben Chonzie
A 7.5 mile walk with an ascent of 2450ft, this Perthshire Munro offers a lovely walk on a fine summer’s day and should only take a morning or an afternoon. There’s a path all the ay to the top.

The iconic Ben Lomond. Pic credit Flickr Graham Lewis

Ben Lomond
The most southerly of the Munros, Ben Lomond is a popular walk. We recommend a walk in the early morning or a fine summer’s evening if you want to avoid the crowds. A seven-mile hike to the summit and back includes 3,200ft of ascent.

Another great Perthshire Munro, Schiehallion offers an easily navigable trail almost to the top. The rocky summit requires care and attention, especially in poor weather. The total walk is 5.5 miles and 2,500ft of ascent.

Dreish and Mayar
You can walk these two Munros in Angus in half a day. The paths are well-laid and the views for such a short outing are superb. You’ll walk just 8 miles and an ascent of 2,7000ft for the two Munros.