The Munros are the 282 Scottish mountains with a summit of at least 3,000ft (914m). Those who walk them are called Munro baggers. Do you want to join the gang and Bag a Munro ?
This the perfect place to try as there are 30 in the region, and 4 of the 5 UK’s highest mountains are Aberdeenshire!
The Munros are named after Sir Hugh T Munro, who surveyed the area in 1891.
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.
Start Small – Bag a Munro – The easy way
Carn Aosda (917m)
Carn Aosda is one of the easiest and quickest Munros to climb, its summit lying less than 300m above the top of the Cairnwell Pass. This side of the mountain has been heavily developed for snow sports but the summit remains a beautiful wild place.
Mount Keen (939m)
Mount Keen is the most easterly of the Munros. It has a cone-shaped summit rearing above the great sea of the Mounth plateau. The approach from Glen Tanar is the most scenic as you walk through the magnificent ancient Caledonian pinewoods, home to the crested tits and the rare capercaillie.
Bag a Munro to boast about ! The second highest mountain in the UK
Ben Macdui (1309m)
Ben Macdui is at the heart of the arctic-like Cairngorms plateau, one of the wildest places in Scotland
Though often climbed from Speyside, the approach from the Linn of Dee in Aberdeenshire is far grander, passing the lovely pinewoods of Derry Lodge and ascending via the Sron Riach ridge.
Don’t be put off by the size of it. Although it’s a decent walk – around 5 hours – it’s not hugely strenuous and you certainly won’t be scrambling at the top. The mountain should not be underestimated however, the plateau itself is extremely exposed and tricky to navigate in less than perfect conditions – particularly serious when under snow.
The summit is said to be haunted by the wraith-like Old Grey Man, Am Fear Liath Mor. Queen Victoria climbed the mountain in 1859, having used a pony as far as Loch Etchachan.
Braeriach ranks as the third highest of Scotland’s mountains, but its remote position ensures it is a tougher proposition and far less visited compared its higher rivals. Many regard Braeriach as the finest of the Cairngorms.
The most popular Munro to Bag
Lochnagar (known as Beinn Chiochan in Gaelic) is found on the Balmoral Estate in Royal Deeside and is one of the most popular Munros in Scotland with walkers, climbers and mountaineers.
This fine mountain takes its name from Lochan na Gaire, the deep pool of dark water lurking below the sheer cliffs in the north east coire.
The open countryside here is idyllic and the mountain views are expansive, however, to appreciate these views you need to ascend to the summits! From the ground you’ll see lots of green hillside and perhaps the odd cliff – from the summits you’ll see mountain ridges, rivers, lochs.
Always prepare in advance of any mountain climb
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