IMG_5198Have you heard about Munro bagging? This is the pursuit of “bagging” or “summitting” the 282 Scottish mountains with a peak of at least 3000ft.

The first list of Munros was created by Sir Hugh Munro. He was the founder of the Scottish Mountaineering Club in 1889 and his list of 3,000ft mountains was published in the sixth issue of the Scottish Mountaineering Club Journal in 1891.

Since then, Munro bagging has become something of an outdoors hobby in Scotland. Several thousand people have compleated (this is the right spelling!) a full round of the 282 Munros and a few others have gone on to walk multiple rounds.

One of the great joys of Munro bagging is that people travel far and wide to visit the 282 Munros. While some Munros are centrally placed and fairly easy to bag others are remote and require meticulous planning and favourable weather conditions.

But a Munro does give a great focus for a day out or for a Scottish holiday pursuit. In 2016, why not pledge to walk a Munro or two?

10 of the easiest Munros

Munro bagging does require experience of navigating by map and compass. It is also important that you pay heed to the fickle Scottish weather. Make sure you are dressed for the conditions and take spare clothing and equipment with you.

However, some Munros are far easier to summit than others. This could be because they start well above sea level or because they have a path to the top. Here are 10 of the best.


12143264_10153668821002594_8708041996131906235_nSchiehallion, Perth & Kinross. See route

10592740_10152752048357594_2626528256210971204_n (1)Mount Keen, Grampian Mountains. See route

475999_c9729655Beinn Ghlas, Perthshire. See route


10703739_10152752938217594_8093856431232548436_n (2)Mayar and Driesh, Glen Clova, Angus. See route

Ben-Lomond-from-afarBen Lomond, Loch Lomond & the Trossachs National Park. See route


The Cairnwell, near Braemar. See route details


Ben Chonzie, near Comrie, Perth & Kinross. See route

Cairn Gorm summit cairns. Pic credit: Dale Harvey

Cairn Gorm summit cairns. Pic credit: Dale Harvey

Cairn Gorm, Cairngorm National Park. See route

River Hope and Ben Hope. Pic credit: Paul Wordingham

River Hope and Ben Hope. Pic credit: Paul Wordingham

Ben Hope, Sutherland. See route.