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July 19, 2018 in Listings

Peaks of Ireland & the United Kingdom

A 'munro' is a name that has been given to mountains in Scotland that have peak elevations that surpass 914m (historically 3000 feet). 'Furths', on the other hand, are mountains outside ('furth' means 'outside') of Scotland that are located on the British Isles, and also with peak elevations that surpass 914 m.

Since there is a combined total of 316 munros and furths, I decided to tweak the list a little and to narrow it down to just the main prominent peaks, and felt that taking into account their prominence* (or 'independence' if you will) was the best way to do so. The two international mountain classification criterions that I use are P1500 (also known as Ultra-prominent peaks, or 'Ultras') and P600, which are mountains that have topographical prominence of at least 1500m and 600m respectively. Following the latter reduces the final list to a total of 64 peaks, out of which only 10 of them are not located in Scotland--3 in Wales, 4 in Ireland, and 3 in England. None of the peaks are ultras.

* Prominence is defined as the "height of a mountain's summit by the vertical distance between it and the lowest contour line encircling it but containing no higher summit within it", and has been described as an "objective measurement that is strongly correlated with the subjective significance of a summit". Since peaks with high prominence are either the highest point on a massif or an isolated peak, they also tend to have the best views!

The position of the mountain has been verified with Geoname, and the prominence has been determined using algorithms on Google Fusion Tables that were developed by Andrew Kirmse.

R: GPX files for GPS devices (right click and save link as)
G: Position and details from the Geoname placename

Rank Mountain Δ (m) Prom. (m) Location Country Completed
01 Ben Nevis 1344 1344 Highland Scotland R / G
02 Ben Macdui 1309 950 Aberdeenshire/Moray Scotland R / G
03 Ben Lawers 1214 915 Perth and Kinross Scotland R / G
04 Càrn Eige 1183 1147 Highland Scotland R / G
05 Ben More (Crianlarich) 1174 986 Stirling Scotland R / G
06 Lochnagar 1156 671 Aberdeenshire Scotland R / G
07 Sgurr na Lapaich 1151 840 Highland Scotland R / G
08 Bidean nam Bian 1149 845 Highland Scotland R / G
09 Ben Alder 1148 783 Highland Scotland R / G
10 Ben Lui 1130 875 Stirling Scotland R / G
11 Binnein Mòr 1130 759 Highland Scotland R / G
12 Creag Meagaidh 1128 867 Highland Scotland R / G
13 Ben Cruachan 1126 879 Argyll and Bute Scotland R / G
14 Beinn a' Ghlo 1122 658 Perth and Kinross Scotland R / G
15 A' Chràlaig 1120 786 Highland Scotland R / G
16 Stob Coire Easain 1115 611 Highland Scotland R / G
17 Sgùrr Mòr (Fannichs) 1110 915 Highland Scotland R / G
18 Meall a' Bhuiridh 1108 795 Highland Scotland R / G
19 Yr Wyddfa (Snowdon) 1085 1039 Gwynedd Wales R / G
20 Beinn Dearg (Ullapool) 1084 810 Highland Scotland R / G
21 Sgùrr a' Choire Ghlais 1083 818 Highland Scotland R / G
22 Schiehallion 1083 716 Perth and Kinross Scotland R / G
23 Beinn a' Chreachain 1081 650 Perth and Kinross Scotland R / G
24 Sgurr Fhuaran 1069 665 Highland Scotland R / G
25 Carnedd Llewelyn 1064 750 Conwy/Gwynedd Wales R / G
26 An Teallach 1062 756 Highland Scotland R / G
27 Liathach 1053 957 Highland Scotland R / G
28 Ben Wyvis 1046 691 Highland Scotland R / G
29 Chno Dearg 1046 644 Highland Scotland R / G
30 Sgùrr na Cìche 1040 839 Highland Scotland R / G
31 Carrauntoohil 1039 1039 Munster Province Ireland R / G
32 Gleouraich 1035 765 Highland Scotland R / G
33 Beinn Fhada 1032 647 Highland Scotland R / G
34 Sgurr a' Mhaoraich 1027 708 Highland Scotland R / G
35 Beinn a' Bheithir 1024 729 Highland Scotland R / G
36 Ladhar Bheinn 1020 795 Highland Scotland R / G
37 Beinn Ime 1011 712 Argyll and Bute Scotland R / G
38 Beinn Eighe 1010 632 Highland Scotland R / G
39 Glyder Fawr 1001 642 Conwy/Gwynedd Wales R / G
40 Ben More Assynt 998 835 Highland Scotland R / G
41 Sgùrr Alasdair 992 992 Highland Scotland R / G
42 Gaor Bheinn (Gulvain) 987 842 Highland Scotland R / G
43 Beinn Alligin 986 601 Highland Scotland R / G
44 Ben Vorlich 985 831 Perth and Kinross Scotland R / G
45 Slioch 981 626 Highland Scotland R / G
46 Scafell Pike 978 912 Cumbria England R / G
47 Ben Lomond 974 820 Stirling Scotland R / G
48 Aonach Eagach 968 623 Highland Scotland R / G
49 Ben More 966 966 Argyll and Bute Scotland R / G
50 Sgurr Thuilm 963 614 Highland Scotland R / G
51 Ben Klibreck 962 818 Highland Scotland R / G
52 Sgorr Ruadh 961 723 Highland Scotland R / G
53 Brandon Mountain 952 927 Munster Province Ireland R / G
54 Helvellyn 950 712 Cumbria England R / G
55 Ben Vorlich 943 632 Argyll and Bute Scotland R / G
56 Beinn Sgulaird 937 662 Argyll and Bute Scotland R / G
57 Sron a' Choire Ghairbh 937 622 Highland Scotland R / G
58 Fionn Bheinn 933 658 Highland Scotland R / G
59 Skiddaw 931 709 Cumbria England R / G
60 Ben Chonzie 931 648 Perth and Kinross Scotland R / G
61 Blà Bheinn (Blaven) 929 862 Highland Scotland R / G
62 Ben Hope 927 772 Highland Scotland R / G
63 Lugnaquilla 925 849 Leinster Province Ireland R / G
64 Galtymore (4.2) 919 821 Munster Province Ireland 21 04 2017 R / G