Scotland's Best Small Mountains

40 of the best small mountains in Scotland under 3000ft

By Kirstie Shirra

Walking guidebook to 40 of the best small mountains in Scotland under 3000ft (non-Munros). The best for beauty, views, character, history and location, and all suitable for walkers, the guidebook explores hills in the far north, Torridon, Lochaber, the Great Glen, the Cairngorms, Glencoe, Arrochar, the Trossachs and Skye, Eigg, Mull and Arran.



routes and timings based on summer conditions but many would make for good winter excursions if properly equipped and experienced


routes vary from short and easy to long and challenging; an overview of terrain, gradient, exposure, length and need for navigation on each route is given to allow readers to judge for themselves
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selected for their character, location, views, geology, history, beauty, each of these 40 peaks has a story to tell
13 May 2010
6 Aug 2013
17.2 x 11.6 x 1.7cm
  • Overview

    A walking guidebook to 40 of the best small mountains in Scotland under 3000ft, with routes described as day-walks and ascents accessible to non-climbers. The guidebook splits Scotland into seven areas - Sutherland and the far north, Torridon, Lochaber, the Great Glen, the Cairngorms, Glencoe, Arrochar, the Trossachs and the islands (Skye, Eigg, Mull, Arran).

    With routes that range in length and difficulty and alternative options given there is something for walkers of all abilities. The guide also includes background information on the mountains and places of interest, practical advice on each route and how to prepare and make the most out of these small mountains and information on history, geology, flora and fauna.

    The popularity of Munro-bagging - climbing all the mountains in Scotland over 3000ft - has left many of Scotland's finest mountains overlooked by walkers. What they lack in stature, they often more than make up for in beauty, views and character. This book champions just some of Scotland's best smaller mountains - from the surreal and striking landscape of The Storr in Skye, the pagan festivals of Ben Ledi in the Trossachs to the imposing and rugged ridges of Quinag in the Sutherland.

    • profiles and ascents of 40 mountains, right across Scotland
    • a range of routes and alternatives for all abilities, illustrated with OS mapping
  • Contents

    Walking in Scotland
    The History of Scotland
    Getting there
    Getting around
    When to go
    Winter walking
    Mountain safety
    Using this guide
    Sutherland and the Far North
    1 Ben Loyal
    2 Quinag
    3 Suilven
    4 Cul Mor
    5 Stac Pollaidh
    6 Ben More Coigach and Sgurr an Fhidhleir
    Torridon and the Northwest
    7 Beinn Ghobhlach
    8 Beinn Airigh Charr
    9 Baosbheinn
    10 Sgurr Dubh
    11 Beinn Damh
    Lochaber and the West
    12 Sgurr Coire Choinnichean
    13 Streap
    14 Rois-bheinn, An Stac, Sgurr na Ba Glaise and Druim Fiaclach
    15 Sgurr Dhomhnuill
    16 Beinn Resipol
    17 Ben Hiant
    The Great Glen to the Cairngorms
    18 Creagan a’Chaise and the Hills of Cromdale
    19 Meall Fuar-mhonaidh
    20 Meall a’Bhuachaille
    21 Creag Dhubh and the Argyll Stone
    22 Creag Dhubh (Newtonmore)
    23 Morrone (or Morven)
    Glencoe and Central Scotland
    24 Ben Vrackie
    25 Leum Uilleim
    26 Sgorr na Ciche (Pap of Glencoe)
    27 Beinn a’Chrulaiste
    28 Beinn Trilleachan
    29 Sron a’Chlachain
    Arrochar and the Trossachs
    30 Meall an t-Seallaidh
    31 Ben Ledi
    32 Ben A’an
    33 Ben Venue
    34 The Cobbler (Ben Arthur)
    35 Beinn an Lochain
    The Islands
    36 The Storr (Skye)
    37 Glamaig (Skye)
    38 An Sgurr (Eigg)
    39 Dun da Ghaoithe (Mull)
    40 Goatfell (Arran)

    Appendix A Useful contacts
    Appendix B Bibliography
    Appendix C Glossary of Gaelic words for Common Mountain Features
    Appendix D Route Summary Table

  • Maps

    Each route is highlighted on the relevant section of Ordnance Survey’s 1:50,000 maps.

    The main route described is shown in red, then any alternatives are first blue, then green, then orange, where applicable.

    The small section of map provided is not a replacement for carrying the relevant OS map, however. For those who prefer to use the more detailed 1:25,000 maps, the map numbers for these as well as for the 1:50,000 maps are given in the route information box at the beginning of each route description. Too many are referred to in this book to list them all here but they are all widely available in the areas that they cover in Scotland and from map shops.

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  • Reviews

    'As the author of this book rightly points out, the obsession with bagging Munros has meant that many of Scotland's smaller, but no less lovely peaks have been overlooked by many walkers.

    With the usual Cicerone attention to detail, OS mapping and a choice of routes for all abilities and right across Scotland, this guide is a worthy additional to the library of Scottish walking books.'

    Trek and Mountain magazine, July 2010

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Kirstie Shirra

Kirstie Shirra is a freelance writer and environmental campaigner. Climbing mountains since she could walk, she has travelled throughout Europe and the Americas, but always ends up back in the wonderful mountains of northwest Scotland, where she lives with her husband Pete.

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