Munro bagging is synonymous with a stay in the Scottish Highlands, and Torridon Activities is here to show you the way. See below for our pick of the peaks in the area close to The Torridon Hotel & Inn.
Mountains that are over 3,000 feet (914.4 metres) in height are called munros and there are 282 of them in Scotland. The table of mountains was compiled by Sir Hugh Munro (1856-1919).
Torridon’s pick: Liathach
The Torridon area has some of those most stunning Munros including Liathach, also known as ‘the grey one’. Rated by many mountaineers as Scotland’s finest mountain, Liathach has two Munro peaks – Spidean a’Choire Leith (1055m) and Mullach an Rathain (1023m) – and can take 8-10 hours to climb.
Corbetts, the little brother of Munros, are Scottish hills that are between 2,500ft (762m) to 3,000ft (914m) in height. Corbetts are named after John Rooke Corbett became the first person in 1930 to climb all the peaks in Scotland.
Torridon’s pick: Beinn Dearg
Beinn Dearg (914m) is the tallest of the 221 Corbetts across Scotland and provides stunning views across Beinn Alligin, Liathach, Beinn Eighe and the Torridon region. Only 40cm short of a Munro (or just 1 ft), Beinn Dearg takes 6-8 hours to climb and is known for its steep sides.
Scottish hills that are 2000ft (610m) to 2500ft (762m) in height and a drop of 150m on all sides are called Grahams. These mountains are named after keen walker Fiona Torbet (née Graham) created a table of them.
Torridon’s pick: Beinn na h-Eaglaise
Beinn na h-Eaglaise (736m), also known as ‘Hill of the Church’, sits on the south-east edge of Upper Loch Torridon is one of 224 Grahams. This hill can be accessed easily by a hill track through Coire Roill which starts from the rear of the hotel and is great to climb on a crisp, sunny morning.
Donalds (list compiled by Percy Donald) are hills in the Scottish Lowlands that have a height of 2000ft (610m) and over with a drop of at least 98ft (30m) all round.
Torridon’s pick: Ben Cleuch
Donalds are found in central and southern Scotland so they are quite a drive from the hotel. Ben Cleuch (721m) is a 4 hour drive from The Torridon and has the highest point in the Ochil Hills and Clackmannanshire. It can take between 4.5-6 hours to climb and has stunning views over the Alva region.
The smallest of the group are Marilyns, which are hills with a drop of at least 492ft (150m) on all sides and under 2,000ft in height (610m). There are 1,218 Marilyns in Scotland but they can be found across the UK and Ireland. The term Marilyn was allegedly designated as a gesture to Munro, ie Marilyn Monroe.
Torridon’s pick: Ben Shieldaig
Ben Shieldaig (530m) offers stunning views over Shieldaig Village and Loch Torridon, and can take between 4-6 hours to climb. This hill is perfect for beginner climbers and walkers who are looking to try something new.
If you would like to try your hand at bagging a munro, Torridon Activities offer mountain guiding and guided walking packages starting from just £99pp based on two people booking. For more information and to book, click here.