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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 moutains 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. Since ultra-prominent peaks, or 'Ultras', are considered peaks that have a prominence of 1500m or more, I decided to leave the 'Half Ultras' and removed any peak that had a topographic prominence* of less than 750m. This reduced the final list to a total of 38 peaks, out of which only 7 of them are not located in Scotland--2 in Wales, 4 in Ireland, and 1 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.

M: Movescount Page with the details of the trek
R: Routes that were extracted from each completed trek
G: Position and details from the Geoname placename

Rank Mountain Δ (m) Prom. (m) Location Country Completed
01 Ben Nevis 1344 1344 Southern Highlands Scotland M / R / G
02 Ben Macdui 1309 950 Southern Highlands Scotland M / R / G
03 Ben Lawers 1214 915 Southern Highlands Scotland M / R / G
04 Càrn Eige 1183 1147 Northern Highlands Scotland M / R / G
05 Ben More 1174 986 Southern Highlands Scotland M / R / G
06 Bidean nam Bian 1150 845 Southern Highlands Scotland M / R / G
07 Sgùrr na Lapaich 1150 839 Northern Highlands Scotland M / R / G
08 Ben Alder 1148 783 Southern Highlands Scotland M / R / G
09 Ben Lui 1130 875 Southern Highlands Scotland M / R / G
10 Binnein Mòr 1130 759 Southern Highlands Scotland M / R / G
11 Creag Meagaidh 1128 867 Southern Highlands Scotland M / R / G
12 Ben Cruachan 1126 879 Southern Highlands Scotland M / R / G
13 A' Chràlaig 1120 786 Northern Highlands Scotland M / R / G
14 Sgùrr Mòr 1110 915 Northern Highlands Scotland M / R / G
15 Meall a' Bhuiridh 1108 795 Southern Highlands Scotland M / R / G
16 Yr Wyddfa (Snowdon) 1085 1039 Snowdonia National Park Wales M / R / G
17 Beinn Dearg 1084 810 Northern Highlands Scotland M / R / G
18 Sgùrr a' Choire Ghlais 1083 818 Northern Highlands Scotland M / R / G
19 Carnedd Llewelyn 1064 750 Snowdonia National Park Wales M / R / G
20 An Teallach 1062 756 Northern Highlands Scotland M / R / G
21 Liathach 1053 957 Northern Highlands Scotland M / R / G
22 Sgùrr na Cìche 1040 839 Northern Highlands Scotland M / R / G
23 Carrauntoohil 1039 1039 Munster Province Ireland M / R / G
24 Gleouraich 1035 765 Northern Highlands Scotland M / R / G
25 Ladhar Bheinn 1019 795 Northern Highlands Scotland M / R / G
26 Ben More Assynt 998 835 Northern Highlands Scotland M / R / G
27 Sgùrr Alasdair 992 992 Isle of Skye Scotland M / R / G
28 Gaor Bheinn (Gulvain) 987 842 Northern Highlands Scotland M / R / G
29 Ben Vorlich 985 831 Southern Highlands Scotland M / R / G
30 Scafell Pike 978 912 Lake District National Park England M / R / G
31 Ben Lomond 974 820 Southern Highlands Scotland M / R / G
32 Ben More 966 966 Isle of Mull Scotland M / R / G
33 Ben Klibreck 962 818 Northern Highlands Scotland M / R / G
34 Brandon Mountain 952 927 Munster Province Ireland M / R / G
35 Blà Bheinn (Blaven) 928 861 Isle of Skye Scotland M / R / G
36 Ben Hope 927 772 Northern Highlands Scotland M / R / G
37 Lugnaquilla 925 849 Leinster Province Ireland M / R / G
38 Galtymore (4.2) 919 899 Munster Province Ireland 21 04 2017 M / R / G