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July 19, 2018 in Mountains

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 [The data can now be accessed here since Google Fusion Tables was discontinued in the end of 2019].

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

RankMountainΔ (m)Prom. (m)LocationCountryCompleted
01Ben Nevis13441344HighlandScotland R / G
02Ben Macdui1309950Aberdeenshire/MorayScotland R / G
03Ben Lawers1214915Perth and KinrossScotland R / G
04Càrn Eige11831147HighlandScotland R / G
05Ben More (Crianlarich)1174986StirlingScotland R / G
06Lochnagar1156671AberdeenshireScotland R / G
07Sgurr na Lapaich1151840HighlandScotland R / G
08Bidean nam Bian1149845HighlandScotland R / G
09Ben Alder1148783HighlandScotland R / G
10Ben Lui1130875StirlingScotland R / G
11Binnein Mòr1130759HighlandScotland R / G
12Creag Meagaidh1128867HighlandScotland R / G
13Ben Cruachan1126879Argyll and ButeScotland R / G
14Beinn a' Ghlo1122658Perth and KinrossScotland R / G
15A' Chràlaig1120786HighlandScotland R / G
16Stob Coire Easain1115611HighlandScotland R / G
17Sgùrr Mòr (Fannichs)1110915HighlandScotland R / G
18Meall a' Bhuiridh1108795HighlandScotland R / G
19Yr Wyddfa (Snowdon)10851039GwyneddWales R / G
20Beinn Dearg (Ullapool)1084810HighlandScotland R / G
21Sgùrr a' Choire Ghlais1083818HighlandScotland R / G
22Schiehallion1083716Perth and KinrossScotland R / G
23Beinn a' Chreachain1081650Perth and KinrossScotland R / G
24Sgurr Fhuaran1069665HighlandScotland R / G
25Carnedd Llewelyn1064750Conwy/GwyneddWales R / G
26An Teallach1062756HighlandScotland R / G
27Liathach1053957HighlandScotland R / G
28Ben Wyvis1046691HighlandScotland R / G
29Chno Dearg1046644HighlandScotland R / G
30Sgùrr na Cìche1040839HighlandScotland R / G
31Carrauntoohil10391039KerryIreland R / G
32Gleouraich1035765HighlandScotland R / G
33Beinn Fhada1032647HighlandScotland R / G
34Sgurr a' Mhaoraich1027708HighlandScotland R / G
35Beinn a' Bheithir1024729HighlandScotland R / G
36Ladhar Bheinn1020795HighlandScotland R / G
37Beinn Ime1011712Argyll and ButeScotland R / G
38Beinn Eighe1010632HighlandScotland R / G
39Glyder Fawr1001642Conwy/GwyneddWales R / G
40Ben More Assynt998835HighlandScotland R / G
41Sgùrr Alasdair992992HighlandScotland R / G
42Gaor Bheinn (Gulvain)987842HighlandScotland R / G
43Beinn Alligin986601HighlandScotland R / G
44Ben Vorlich985831Perth and KinrossScotland R / G
45Slioch981626HighlandScotland R / G
46Scafell Pike978912CumbriaEngland R / G
47Ben Lomond974820StirlingScotland R / G
48Aonach Eagach968623HighlandScotland R / G
49Ben More966966Argyll and ButeScotland R / G
50Sgurr Thuilm963614HighlandScotland R / G
51Ben Klibreck962818HighlandScotland R / G
52Sgorr Ruadh961723HighlandScotland R / G
53Brandon Mountain952927KerryIreland R / G
54Helvellyn950712CumbriaEngland R / G
55Ben Vorlich943632Argyll and ButeScotland R / G
56Beinn Sgulaird937662Argyll and ButeScotland R / G
57Sron a' Choire Ghairbh937622HighlandScotland R / G
58Fionn Bheinn933658HighlandScotland R / G
59Skiddaw931709CumbriaEngland R / G
60Ben Chonzie931648Perth and KinrossScotland R / G
61Blà Bheinn (Blaven)929862HighlandScotland R / G
62Ben Hope927772HighlandScotland R / G
63Lugnaquilla925849WicklowIreland R / G
64Galtymore (4.2)919821Limerick / TipperaryIreland21 04 2017 R / G