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The Munros

Looking north from Meall Ghlas summit
Looking towards Ben Chonzie
The Munros are a large set of hills in the Scottish Highlands over 3000 ft (otherwise known as 914.4 m) in height. The original list was compiled in 1891 by Sir Hugh Munro, an original member of the Scottish Mountaineering Club, who identified 283 hills that satisfied the 3000 ft or more target and that were also judged to be “separate mountains”. The list has since been counted on several occasions, with hills being either added or deleted or simply remaining, either as a result of more accurate surveying information, or - more often - as a result of a re-interpretation of what constitutes a “separate mountain”. The current total is 284.

The Munroists

The first person to complete a round of the Munros was the Reverend A E Robertson in 1901. The second round was not completed until 22 years later (in 1923) by the Reverend A R G Burn, who also climbed the less important Tops - hills over 3000 ft in height not judged to constitute separate mountains. The number of Munroists increased slowly over the next few decades, reaching 10 by 1947, and 100 by 1970 and so on. The number has since doubled every seven years or so, more in some cases, and topped the 1700 mark during 1996. A full list of completers is published periodically in Munro's Tables [1], and is updated annually in the SMC Journal.

Sir Hugh Thomas Munro

Hugh Thomas Munro was born in 1856 in London, England, the eldest child of the nine children belonging to Sir Campbell Munro of Lindertis. The family were Scottish yet split most of their time equally between London and the family estate near Kirriemuir, which the Munro family managed first, then, after a great number of years, inherited. In all his years of childhood, he collected many things and was very enthusiastic and proud of his collections. From ladybirds to eggs and butterflies to leaves and acorns to pebbles, he would collect absolutely anything.
In his teenage years and onwards, both for pleasure and professionally, he travelled an awful lot and it was his destine for travel that brought him and mountains together. In his late teens, he was a student in Stuttgart and got the opportunity to go hiking in the Alps with his school. Not long later he decided to do some business training in London which is thought to have given him the ordered yet questioning mind which led to the enthusiasm for the classification of Scottish Peaks for which he is best known. Munro was without a doubt an enthusiast, he was an accomplished flautist, dancer and orator.

By megitisf aged 10

Facts and Figures

It might take some people a decade or two to complete a round of munros, but not Andrew Johnson and Rory Gibson, they managed to complete a round in just 51 days - how astonishing! I'm sure that it is fairly common to hikers for them to do a munro or maybe two in one day but Jon Broxap managed to complete a whole 28 munros in a single day. Also, I'm sure that there are very few people out there that have managed to do 2 full rounds of munros in life, but Stewart Logan managed to complete eight full rounds in his life - what a record! Someone under the age of 30 must have done pretty well and worked their socks off to climb a round of munros supervised and Lynn Batty did just that at the age of 11 years only. The same applies for climbing a round of munros supervised - a man named Simon Stewart completed a full round at the age of seventeen, and he did it all on his own too!

The List of Munros

Here is the massive, marvellous list of all 284 magnificent munros:

Ben Nevis
Ben Macdui
Cairn Toul
Sgor an Lochain Uaine
Cairn Gorm
Aonach Beag (Lochaber)
Aonach Mor
Carn Mor Dearg
Ben Lawers
Beinn a'Bhuird - North Top
Carn Eige
Beinn Mheadhoin
Mam Sodhail
Stob Choire Claurigh
Ben More (Crianlarich)
Ben Avon - Leabaidh an Daimh Bhuidhe
Stob Binnein
Beinn Bhrotain
Lochnagar - Cac Carn Beag
Derry Cairngorm
Sgurr nan Ceathreamhnan
Bidean nam Bian
Sgurr na Lapaich
Ben Alder
Geal-Charn (Loch Pattack)
Ben Lui
Binnein Mor
Creag Meagaidh
Beinn a'Ghlo - Carn nan Gabhar
An Riabhachan
Ben Cruachan
Meall Garbh (Lawers)
An Stuc
White Mounth - Carn a'Coire Boidheach
Sgor Gaoith
Stob Coire an Laoigh
Aonach Beag (Badenoch)
Stob Coire Easain
Monadh Mor
Tom a'Choinich
Sgurr Mor (Fannichs)
Sgurr nan Conbhairean
Meall a'Bhuiridh
Stob a'Choire Mheadhoin
Beinn Ghlas
Beinn Eibhinn
Mullach Fraoch-choire
Sgurr a'Mhaim
Sgurr Choinnich Mor
Sgurr nan Clach Geala
Stob Ghabhar
Bynack More
Beinn a'Chlachair
Beinn Dearg (Ross-shire)
Sgurr a'Choire Ghlais
Beinn a'Chaorainn (Cairngorms)
Beinn a'Chreachain
Beinn Heasgarnich
Ben Starav
Beinn Dorain
Stob Coire Sgreamhach
Braigh Coire Chruinn-bhalgain
Meall Corranaich
An Socach (Glen Cannich)
Glas Maol
Sgurr Fhuaran
Cairn of Claise
An Teallach - Bidein a'Ghlas Thuill
An Teallach - Sgurr Fiona
Na Gruagaichean
Liathach - Spidean a'Choire Leith
Stob Poite Coire Ardair
Toll Creagach
Sgurr a'Chaorachain
Glas Tulaichean
Beinn a'Chaorainn (Glen Spean)
Geal Charn (Loch Laggan)
Sgurr Fhuar-thuill
Creag Mhor (Glen Lochay)
Carn an t-Sagairt Mor
Cruach Ardrain
Chno Dearg
Ben Wyvis - Glas Leathad Mor
Beinn Iutharn Mhor
Meall nan Tarmachan
Stob Coir'an Albannaich
Carn Mairg
Sgurr na Ciche
Meall Ghaordaidh
Beinn Achaladair
Carn a'Mhaim
Sgurr a'Bhealaich Dheirg
Carn Dearg (Loch Pattack)
Am Bodach
Beinn Fhada
Ben Oss
Carn Gorm
Carn an Righ
Sgurr a'Mhaoraich
Sgurr na Ciste Duibhe
Ben Challum
Beinn a'Bheithir - Sgorr Dhearg
Liathach - Mullach an Rathain
Buachaille Etive Mor - Stob Dearg
Aonach air Chrith
Ladhar Bheinn
Beinn Bheoil
Carn an Tuirc
Mullach Clach a'Bhlair
Mullach Coire Mhic Fhearchair
Garbh Chioch Mhor
Cairn Bannoch
Beinn Ime
Sgurr Eilde Mor
Beinn Udlamain
Sgurr an Doire Leathain
The Saddle
Beinn Eighe - Ruadh-stac Mor
Beinn Dearg (Atholl)
Maoile Lunndaidh
An Sgarsoch
Carn Liath (Loch Laggan)
Beinn Fhionnlaidh (Glen Cannich)
Beinn an Dothaidh
The Devil's Point
Sgurr an Lochain
Sgurr Mor (Loch Quoich)
Sgurr na Carnach
Sail Chaorainn
Meall Greigh
Beinn a'Bheithir - Sgorr Dhonuill
Aonach Meadhoin
Stob Ban (Mamores)
Sgurr Choinnich
Sgurr Breac
Stob Diamh
Broad Cairn
Ben More Assynt
Glas Bheinn Mhor
A'Chailleach (Fannichs)
Spidean Mialach
An Caisteal
Sgor na h-Ulaidh
Carn an Fhidhleir (Carn Ealar)
Sgurr na Ruaidhe
Beinn Eighe - Spidean Coire nan Clach
Carn nan Gobhar (Glen Strathfarrar)
Carn nan Gobhar (Glen Cannich)
Sgurr Alasdair
Sgairneach Mhor
Beinn Eunaich
Sgurr Ban
Creag Leacach
Druim Shionnach
Gaor Bheinn (Gulvain)
Lurg Mhor
Beinn Alligin - Sgurr Mhor
Sgurr Dearg - Inaccessible Pinnacle
Ben Vorlich (Loch Earn)
An Gearanach
Mullach na Dheiragain
Creag Mhor (Glen Lyon)
Stob Coire a'Chairn
Maol Chinn-dearg
Beinn a'Chochuill
Stob Coire Sgriodain
Ciste Dhubh
Beinn Dubhchraig
Cona' Mheall
Stob Ban (Grey Corries)
Meall nan Ceapraichean
Stuc a'Chroin
Carn Liath (Beinn a'Ghlo)
Carn a'Gheoidh
Ben Lomond
Beinn Sgritheall
Sgurr a'Ghreadaidh
Meall Garbh (Glen Lyon)
Aonach Eagach - Sgor nam Fiannaidh
Ben More (Mull)
Sgurr na Banachdich - North Peak
Sgurr nan Gillean
Carn a'Chlamain
Sgurr Thuilm
Sgorr Ruadh
Ben Klibreck - Meall nan Con
Stuchd an Lochain
Beinn nan Aighenan
Meall Glas
Beinn Fhionnlaidh (Appin)
Buachaille Etive Beag - Stob Dubh
Bruach na Frithe
Tom Buidhe
Carn Ghluasaid
Buachaille Etive Mor - Sgor na Broige
Sgurr nan Coireachan (Glen Finnan)
Stob Gaibhre
Beinn Liath Mhor Fannaich
Am Faochagach
Beinn Mhanach
Meall Dearg
Sgurr nan Coireachan (Glen Dessarry)
Meall Chuaich
Meall Gorm
Beinn Bhuidhe
Sgurr Mhic Choinnich
Creag a'Mhaim
Beinn Tulaichean
Carn Bhac
Meall Buidhe (Knoydart)
Stob a'Choire Odhair
Carn Dearg (Monadh Liath)
Sgurr na Sgine
Bidein a'Choire Sheasgaich
An Socach (Glen Ey) - West Summit
Sgurr Dubh Mor
Ben Vorlich (Loch Lomond)
Binnein Beag
Carn Dearg (Loch Ossian)
Carn na Caim
Beinn a'Chroin
Mullach nan Coirean
Mount Keen
Luinne Bheinn
Beinn Sgulaird
Beinn na Lap
Sron a'Choire Ghairbh
Beinn Tarsuinn
A'Bhuidheanach Bheag
Meall a'Chrasgaidh
Am Basteir
Beinn Chabhair
The Cairnwell
Maol Chean-dearg
Fionn Bheinn
Meall Buidhe (Glen Lyon)
Ben Chonzie
Beinn Bhreac
A'Chailleach (Monadh Liath)
Meall nan Eun
Bla Bheinn (Blaven)
Eididh nan Clach Geala
Ben Hope
Beinn Narnain
Meall a'Choire Leith
Geal Charn (Monadh Liath)
Beinn Liath Mhor
Seana Bhraigh
Buachaille Etive Beag - Stob Coire Raineach
Creag Pitridh
Sgurr nan Eag
An Coileachan
Sgurr nan Each
Beinn Alligin - Tom na Gruagaich
Sgiath Chuil
An Socach (Glen Afric)
Carn Sgulain
Creag nan Damh
Meall na Teanga
Ruadh Stac Mor
Sgurr a'Mhadaidh - South-west Peak
Geal-charn (Drumochter)
Carn Aosda
Beinn a'Chleibh
Beinn a'Chlaidheimh
Ben Vane
Beinn Teallach
Sgurr nan Ceannaichean

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