I did a bit of research to try to discover if there was a definitive listing of Scotland’s most popular munros.  I found lots of discussion threads where people have suggested their favourite munros but the nearest I got to a definitive listing is Walk Highland’s list of most climbed munros, based on submitted trip reports (312,000 at the time of writing).

10.  Ben Chonzie

9.    Beinn Ime

8.    Cairngorm

7.    Beinn Narnain

6.    Ben Vorlich (Loch Earn)

5.    Schiehallion

4.    Beinn Ghlas

3.    Ben Lawers

2.    Ben Nevis

1.    Ben Lomond

What do we notice about this list ?  Well, they’re all southerly munros with the exceptions of Ben Nevis and Cairngorm.  Secondly, the list reflects the popular hills close to population centres.  In other words, they’re the most climbed because they’re the most convenient and accessible to most people.

Liathach

But wait !  Where are Liathach and Buachaille Etive Mor ?  If this is a list of the most popular, what are the top 10 favourite munros ?  This is where subjectivity comes into play, and where I need to draw on what others have said as well as my own favourites.  So this is a list of what many munro-baggers would consider to be their favourite munros, dominated by the finest ridge-walking in the UK:

10.  Meall Dearg (Aonach Eagach)

9.   Beinn Ghlas (Ben Lawers)

8.   Beinn Eighe

7.   Ben Cruachan

6.   A’ Mhaigdean

5.   Ladhar Beinn

4.   Beinn Alligin

3.   Buachaille Etive Mor

2.   An Teallach

1.   Liathach

This clearly isn’t a definitive list – it depends so much on a wide range of factors (weather, time of year, who walked with you etc) and I may feel differently tomorrow – but it’s a pretty good stab I think.

What do you think ?  Any surprises ?

2 Comments on “Top 10 Popular Munros

  1. Hi. I’m interested to find out which munro is pictured above. Not the tip one but the one below it.

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