For many, climbing a mountain is at the heart of all bucket list dreams. Considered the ultimate adventure of discovery, climbing a mountain also marks a great achievement that most should be proud of.
But where should you start if you’re from the UK? Well, it might not be Everest or Kilimanjaro exactly, but Scotland is home to hundreds of mountains and is a perfect place to start. In fact, the ten highest mountains in the United Kingdom can be found in Scotland. Here are some of the most stunning climbs to consider:
At 1,345m, Ben Nevis is the highest mountain, not just in Scotland, but in the entire UK. Found in the Grampian Mountains in the Lochaber region (near Fort William), climbing Ben Nevis is considered an achievement and thus included in various mountaineering challenges including the Three Peaks Challenge and the Munro Challenge (climbing all 282 Munros of which Ben Nevis is the highest). Once you’ve reached the summit, take in the incredible views of the Grampian mountains.
If you’re still feeling adventurous after your climb, try creating your own three peaks challenge in Scotland by combining Ben Nevis with the second and third highest mountains also: Ben Macdui and Braeriach. At 1309m and 1296m respectively, both can be found in the Cairngorms National Park but are still part of the Grampian Mountain Range that Ben Nevis belongs to.
Also referred to as Stac Polly, this beautiful mountain is considered one of the most joyful to climb because of its steady start and final scramble to the summit. At 612m high, it’s small but mighty with sensational views of Loch’s Lugainn and Broom from the top.
Ben A’an - 454m
Suitable for families with young children, Ben A’an isn’t a high mountain by any means (454m) but it is considered one of the most popular peaks because of its accessibility and wonderful views. This mountain can be found in the heart of the Trossachs, right in between Loch’s Katrine and Achray.
Buachaille Etive Mor
Generally known to climbers as ‘The Buachaille’, this mountain is one of the most loved and best known of all the Munro peaks. At 1022m tall, it also boasts as one of the most photographed sights in the whole of Scotland - you’ll spot its pyramidal shape on a number of postcards and calendars. Its rocky and steep terrain makes for a challenge and is definitely an achievement to tick off your list.
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When mountaineering up any height, it’s important you stay safe whilst doing so. Remember to wear sensible clothing, have the relevant gear (if needed), and check weather and forecasts prior to your climb. Just in case you find yourself in a sticky situation though, get clued up on what to do in an emergency with information from the British Mountaineering Council. If needed, a rescue team has the equipment to hoist and winch you to safety.
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