Some Mountains, Hills and Summits of Great Britain

These pages feature some of the many mountains, hills, fells, summits and high points in Britain. The criteria for inclusion are that (1) I've climbed the hill in question, and (2) that I've taken a photo at the summit. Wherever possible there is also a picture of the hill from a neighbouring summit or adjacent valley, or a picture of the view from the top.

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Beinn Ghlas

Location: Scottish Highlands, Perthshire
Grid Ref: NN 625404
Height: 3619 ft (1103 m)
Status: Munro, Murdo

Notes: Beinn Ghlas is on the route to Ben Lawers from the latter's visitor centre and in consequence it's one of the most popular and straightforward climbs in the Highlands. The panorama is not dissimilar to that of Ben Lawers itself save that Ben Lawers shuts out the view to the northeast.

Beinn na Lap

Location: Scottish Highlands, Corrour
Grid Ref: NN 376695
Height: 3068 ft (935 m)
Status: Munro, Murdo, Marilyn

Notes: Beinn na Lap lies on the north side of Loch Ossian, and is easily accessed from Corrour halt on the West Highland railway line. From the halt one should walk down the track towards Loch Ossian, then fork right and right again for the track leading to Loch Trieg. Just after the bridge at NN365670 a faint track can be spotted heading northwards up the southwest flank of the hill; this eventually peters out short of the ridge and you're left to find your own way up, but the terrain is reasonably straightforward. Having reached the ridge head northeastwards along it, using traces of path where they exist, to reach the summit cairn. The highlight of the view is westwards along the trough of Abhainn Rath and the Water of Nevis, with the Mamores ranged to the left and Ben Nevis, the Aonachs and the Grey Corries to the right. Ben Alder and its neighbours dominate the view to the east, the Creag Meaghaidh hills are the most prominent feature to the north and the Bridge of Orchy hills are seen to the south.

Beinn Narnain

Location: Scottish Highlands, Arrochar Alps
Grid Ref: NN 271066 
Height: 3041 ft (927 m)
Status:  Munro, Murdo, Marilyn

Notes: Standing adjacent to the lower but craggier Ben Arthur ("The Cobbler"), Narnain is one of three mountains overlooking Arrochar and the head of Loch Long from the north. A pathway that formerly served the construction of a nineteenth century water supply gives access to Narnain's slopes and continues to the summit, but above the middle terrace there are a number of awkward places and mild scrambles that require care, and are cumulatively tedious. A steep gully rises past a fearsome rock formation called the Spearhead to gain the broad, flat summit plateau. An easier way up is from the col to the rear, between Narnain and Ben Ime. The stony summit rewards you with excellent views along Loch Long, over to Ben Lomond, and northwards towards Ben More.

Bellever Tor

Location: Dartmoor
Grid Ref: SX 644764
Height: 1453 ft (443 m)
Status: Clement

Notes: A pleasing little top, Bellever Tor is one of Dartmoor's many granite outcrops and is a neighbour of Laughter Tor (q.v.). A forest path from Postbridge will get you there in about 45 minutes. Pretty much all of the panorama is of wild moorland though both the Dart valleys are prominent.

Ben Chonzie

Location: Scottish Highlands, Perthshire
Grid Ref: NN 773308
Height: 3054 ft (931 m)
Status:  Munro, Murdo, Marilyn

Notes: Ben Chonzie stands some 8 miles northwest of the town of Crieff, close to the highland boundary fault. Most guidebooks would have you believe that Ben Chonzie is Scotland's most boring Munro but I beg to differ. It's an exhilarating climb and the view is lovely. The easiest access is via its western flanks, where there is a path up to the summit ridge from Invergeldie. A wind shelter adorns the summit, from where you can see the Ochils to the south, Ben Vorlich to the southwest, Ben More and Stobinian to the west, the Ben Lawers group broadside-on to the northwest, Schiehallion to the north and the Glen Garry / Glen Tilt hills to the northeast.

Ben Cleuch

Location: The Ochils
Grid Ref: NN 902006
Height: 2365 ft (721 m)
Status:  Graham, Donald, Marilyn

Notes: Ben Cleugh is the highest summit in the Ochils, a range of hills lying north of the Forth between Stirling and Perth. Its situation makes it one of the best viewpoints in Scotland: the view ranges to Glas Maol and Ben Macdui in the north, Ben Lomond and the Arrochar Alps in the west, North Berwick Law to the east and far into the Southern Uplands to the south. The northwestern arc includes Stuc a' Chroin, Ben Vorlich, the Glen Falloch Munros, Ben More and Ben Lawers, and it's the one place from which Edinburgh, Glasgow, Perth, Stirling and Falkirk can all be seen at once. The sprawling, grassy top can be approached on paths from Alva or from Tillicoultry; the latter approach includes the spectacular start of Mill Glen though the ascent is steep in parts.

Ben Ever

Location: The Ochils
Grid Ref: NN 893001
Height: 2041 ft (622 m)
Status:  Graham Top, Donald

Notes: A southwestern outlier of Ben Cleuch, the highest top in the Ochils. The broad grassy ridge is windswept and largely featureless, and Ben Ever is not a particularly rewarding top save that its ascent is either a preamble or a postscript to that of Ben Cleuch itself. A good path goes up from Alva, nar Stirling. The view is interesting, taking in much of the Forth valley, but the view from nearby Ben Cleuch is much better. 

Ben Gulabin

Location: Scottish Highlands, Mounth
Grid Ref: NO 100722
Height: 2644 ft (806 m)
Status:  Corbett, Marylin

Notes: Ben Gulabin stands immediately north of the Spittal of Glensee. From about a mile north of Spittal on the A82, a landrover track leads away from the road to the left and climbs to a col north of the Ben; from here a rough new track climbs southwestwards to the ridge to join an older path going west to the summit; a straightforward climb if a bit steep. Those who climb Ben Gulabin are rewarded with extensive views of the Mounth to the east and west and a view down lower Glenshee towards Fife and the Firth of Forth. The northern aspect is rather restricted by the Glas Maol and Carn a'Gheoid groups.

Ben Lawers

Location: Scottish Highlands, Perthshire
Grid Ref: NN 635414
Height: 3983 ft (1214 m)
Status: Munro, Murdo, Marilyn, County Top (Perthshire)

Notes: The tenth highest mountain in the UK, and the highest not to reach 4000ft, Ben Lawers is situated to the north of Loch Tay miore or less in the centre of the central Highlands, and thus has a magnificent panorama. This mountain is a popular climb and there is a good path all the way from the Ben Lawers Visitor Centre on the minor road between Loch Tay and Bridge of Balgie in Glen Lyon. The path also traverses Beinn Ghlas (q.v.). All the major Perthshire and Stirlingshire hills are prominently seen; the panorama also extends to the Cheviots, the Pentlands, the highest hills in Galloway, the Paps of Jura, parts of Mull, the Ben Cruachan group, the Glencoe hills, Mamores and Lochaber ranges, the Glen Shiel and Affric hills, the Cairngorms and the Mounth, and the Sidlaws.

Ben Ledi 

Location: Scottish Highlands, The Trossachs
Grid Ref: NN 562098
Height: 2883 ft (879 m)
Status:  Corbett, Marilyn

Notes: Bed Ledi is one of Scotland's easiest Corbetts, situated a handful of miles west of Callander within the boundaries of the recently created Loch Lomond National Park. A path rises through forest plantations to gain Ben Ledi's eastern ridge, from which the climb to the summit is not much more than a stroll. Ledi can be seen across the plains of Stirlingshire from much of Scotland's central belt, and the view across this region from Ledi's summit is magnificent. Through the north and west there is a vista of mountains too numerous to count, though they include Ben Lomond, the Arrochar Alps, Ben More, Stobinian and the Ben Lawers group. 

Ben Lomond

Location: Scottish Highlands, Loch Lomond
Grid Ref: NN 367028
Height: 3196 ft (974 m)
Status:  Munro, Murdo, Marilyn

Notes: The most southerly Munro, and one of the easiest to ascend. An excellent path from Rowardennan on the eastern shore of Loch Lomond will get the average walker to the summit in two hours. Views are glorious and include the Trossachs, the Arrochar Alps, the Glen Falloch and Ben Dubhcraig groups, Ben More and Stobinian, and Ben Lawers and its neighbours. To the south and southeast, parts of the central lowlands are visible and on the clearest days it should be possible to spot Arthur's Seat in Edinburgh. An alternative descent by way of the Ptarmigan ridge (steeper and rockier than the main path) could be used to make the expedition a circular walk.

Ben Macdui  (Beinn Macduibh)

Location: Scottish Highlands, Cairngorms
Grid Ref: NN 989989
Height: 4295 ft (1309 m)
Status: Munro, Murdo, Marilyn, County Top  (Aberdeenshire, Banff)

Notes: The second highest mountain in Britain, and situated in a remote spot at the centre of the Cairngorms massif, Macdui unfortunately has little aesthetic appeal. It is only really visible from tops of other mountains in the range, and from almost every direction it appears as a shapeless lump. The top picture shows Macdui seen from Cairn Gorm. The summit is a stony, frost-shattered wilderness though it features a well-built shelter and a topograph. Macdui is reasonably easy to ascend from the base station of the Cairngorm mountain railway, by way of the spur between Coire Cas and Coire an t-Sneachda and then across the plateau, though this is an expedition to be undertaken only in fine, settled weather. It can also be climbed from Braemar via Glen Derry, but the distances involved are daunting. The name probably means "MacDuff's Mountain".

Ben More

Location: Scottish Highlands, Stirlingshire
Grid Ref: NN 432244
Height: 3852 ft (1174 m)
Status: Munro, Murdo, Marilyn, County Top (Stirlingshire)

Notes: The highest mountain in Britain south of the Tay and the sixteenth highest in Britain, Ben More occupies a commanding position near Crianlarich, dominating both Strath Fillan and Glen Dochart. One would think that such a popular and iconic mountain would have a well-maintained path to the summit; not so, because half the ascent is a pathless slog up a steep, boggy hillside of rough tussock grass. Most walkers find their way to a prominent boulder at around 1500ft, and from there one should track half right. Not long afterwards you reach a path on the edge of Ben More's western corrie and this gives you trouble-free walking all the way to the summit. The view is magnificent; the most arresting sight is that of Stobinian immediately to the south, while the northern arc includes Ben Lui, Ben Cruachan, Ben Dorain, Ben Alder and Ben Lawers. Ben Nevis and Glencoe come into view to the northwest, and the Cairngorms to the northeast. The furthest skylines are to the south where the Galloway hills are visible some 85 miles away.

Ben Nevis

Location: Scottish Highlands, Lochaber
Grid Ref: NN 166712
Height: 4408 ft (1344 m)
Status: Munro, Murdo, Marilyn, County Top  (Inverness-shire), Country Top (Scotland, Great Britain)

Notes: Number One, the Roof of Britain, the highest point of our nation - and never was a summit so cluttered. The airy top was once home to a weather station and a very rudimentary hotel, though nowadays it boasts no more than a cairn, a thrown-together shelter and half a ton of litter. As the highest point in Britain it attracts a great many visitors, some of them unfortunately ill shod and unprepared for the conditions. There is an excellent stony track all the way up, from Achintee Farm just outside Fort William. The summit dome is rough and bouldery, devoid of vegetation, and snowbound for much of the year. The views, however, are glorious and extend over pretty much all the Highlands. The name (properly Beinn Nibheis) is obscure and is thought to have been imported into Gaelic from some even older language.

Ben Vorlich

Location: Scottish Highlands, Stirlingshire
Grid Ref: NN 629189
Height: 3232 ft (985 m)
Status: Munro, Murdo, Marilyn

Notes: This is the more easterly of the two Ben Vorlichs in this corner of the Highlands. The ascent is straightforward, with a good path all the way, starting at the east gate of Ardvorlich House (NN633232) on the shores of Loch Earn. The summit ridge features a trig pillar at its western end, with a huge cairn some 200 metres away at the eastern end. Ben Lomond, the Arrochar Alps, Stobinian and Ben More dominate the view to the west while Ben Lawers and its neighbours fill the skyline to the north. Ben Nevis lays to the northwest and the Cairngorms are seen just east of north. The Firths of Tay and Forth are both seen and there are distant glimpses of the Pentlands, Moorfoots, Tinto and the Galloway Hills. If you're lucky you might just glimpse Ailsa Craig or the Cheviot.

Ben Vrackie

Location: Scottish Highlands, Perthshire
Grid Ref: NN 951632
Height: 2759 ft (841 m)
Status:  Corbett, Marylin

Notes: Ben Vrackie is one of the most accessible mountains in this corner of the Highlands, situated within three miles of the town of Pitlochry. There is a good path all the way, initially along residential roads and then a farm driveway and a woodland path. The view from the summit is excellent, encompassing the Ben Lawers group, Schiehallion, the Glen Tilt hills, the Mounth and the Ochils. The name is possibly a corruption of Beinn Bhreac ("speckled mountain").


Location: Lake District, Southern Fells
Grid Ref: NY 256117
Height: 2008 ft (612 m)
Status: Wainwright

Notes: Wainwright gives the quaintly named top of Bessyboot as the summit of Rosthwaite Fell, though the official summit of the latter is a few hundred metres away, just east of Tarn at Leaves. The fell overlooks upper Borrowdale and is in effect the northeasternmost outlier of Scafell Pike. It can be combined with Allen Crags and Glaramara in a ridgewalk but the intervening country is very rough, and Bessyboot is more normally climbed on its own. For a relatively minor fell it is unusually difficult to ascend. The standard route via Stanger Gill from Stonethwaite is steep and unpleasant, and I would recommend a pathless but much easier ascent by the grassy western slopes from Comb Gill and the Glaramara path. Bessyboot's panorama includes much of the Scafell, Gable, High Raise, Grasmoor, High Stile and Dale Head groups, and of course Skiddaw can be seen beyond Derwentwater.

Billinge Hill

Location: Lancashire
Grid Ref: SD 525014
Height: 587 ft (179 m)
Status: Marilyn

Notes: Billinge Hill is situated a few miles southwest of Wigan near the village of Billinge, from where it can be ascended in about twenty minutes. For a hill of such modest height it has a surprisingly good view. Unfortunately the summit is occupied by an ugly brick building, which is directly behind the camera in this photo.


Location: Lake District, Northern Fells
Grid Ref: NY 225355
Height: 1467 ft (447 m)
Status: Wainwright, Marilyn, Clement

Notes: Binsey stands isolated, to the west of the Caldbeck fells, on the northwest fringe of the Lake District. Thus, it commands splendid views of the Cumbrian coastal plain, the Solway firth and the Dumfriesshire coast beyond. A direct path to the summit starts at Binsey Lodge on the fell's southeast corner and the climb is completely straightforward. One interesting feature of the view is that , to the south, you can see directly along the line of Derwentwater and Langstrath and across Stake Pass to the Coniston fells, which would otherwise not be expected to be in view from out here.

Birkhouse Moor

Location: Lake District, Eastern Fells
Grid Ref: NY 363159
Height: 2365 ft (718 m)
Status: Wainwright, Nuttall

Notes: Striding Edge, the famous arete that forms one of Helvellyn's eastern ridges, broadens out at its eastern end to form the grassy plateau of Birkhouse Moor. Most walkers in this area are heading for Helvellyn and its ridges, and relatively few think to turn off and head for this grassy top as a worthwhile diversion. Standing as it does between the valleys of Glenridding and Patterdale, Birkhouse enjoys a splendid view of Ullswater, Helvellyn and its neighbours, and many of the Far Eastern fells. On clear days the northern Pennines are also prominent. Birkhouse is easily reached from any of the standard routes to Striding Edge, and I would recommend the Mires Beck path from Glenridding village.

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