Walking the Munros Vol 1 - Southern, Central and Western Highlands

By Steve Kew

Guidebook to walking the Munros in southern, central and western Highlands. Describes 69 challenging routes across 139 of the iconic 3000ft+ mountains covering areas such as Glencoe, Bridge of Orchy and Mull. Includes routes up Ben More, Ben Alder, Ben Lomond and Ben Nevis, the highest mountain in the British Isles. Volume 1 of two guidebooks.



Year-round mountain walking, with summer walking in mind. However, midges may hold you back in summer, and if snow's not your thing then avoid winter.


Fort William, Glencoe, Killin, Pitlochry, Blair Atholl, Oban and many more.


Many Munros are straightforward walks, but some have exciting ridge walking and scrambling. Aonach Eagach is covered in this volume. Normal Scottish mountain challenges and precautions.
Must See

Must See

The extroardinary beauty of Scotland's mountain landscape; the challenge of a long and strenuous climb; the achievement of the summit; the sight of wilderness stretching out for miles around; the tidal wave of cloud flowing over a ridge; the sweet peace of that first refreshment at the end of the day.
15 Dec 2016
17.2 x 11.6 x 1.5cm
  • Overview

    This guidebook presents 69 challenging and inspiring routes to climb 139 Munro mountains, including Scotland's highest peak, Ben Nevis. Part of a two-part set, this first volume covers the southern, central and western Highlands (south of the Great Glen), taking in stunning areas such as Glen Coe, Glen Shee, Lochaber and Mull. Covering popular and lesser-known routes, it is ideal both for Munro-baggers and those who simply love great mountain walking, and is a convenient size for slipping in a rucksack.

    The half-day and full-day walks and scrambles range from 7km to 48km (with the option to reduce walking distance on some of the longer routes by cycling the approach). Detailed route description and 1:100,000 mapping is accompanied by information on difficulty, mapping, parking, access and nearby accommodation. The guide also includes handy lists of Munros, by height and alphabetically – perfect for peak-baggers – as well as useful details on Gaelic names.

    Including the iconic Ben Nevis, Buachaille Etive Mòr and Aonach Eagach ridge as well as the Mamores, Grey Corries and Arrochar Alps, Walking the Munros volume 1 is an ideal companion to conquering the Munros and discovering the magnificent mountain landscapes of the southern Highlands.

    Volume 2 details the other 143 Munros, covering the northern Highlands, Cairngorms and Isle of Skye.

  • Contents

    Route 1 Ben Nevis, Carn Mor Dearg
    The Aonachs
    Route 2 Aonach Mor, Aonach Beag
    The Grey Corries
    Route 3 Stob Ban, Stob Choire Claurigh, Stob Coire an Laoigh
    Route 4 Sgurr Choinnich Mor
    Route 5 Mullach nan Coirean, Stob Ban, Sgurr a’ Mhaim
    Route 6 Na Gruagaichean, An Gearanach, Stob Coire a’ Chairn, Am Bodach
    Route 7 Sgurr Eilde Mor, Binnein Beag, Binnein Mor
    Loch Treig
    Route 8 Stob a’ Choire Mheadhoin, Stob Coire Easain
    Route 9 Stob Coire Sgriodain, Chno Dearg
    Route 10 Beinn a’ Chlachair, Geal Charn, Creag Pitridh
    Loch Ossian
    Route 11 Beinn Eibhinn, Aonach Beag
    Route 12 Beinn na Lap
    Route 13 Carn Dearg, Sgor Gaibhre
    Ben Alder
    Route 14 Ben Alder, Beinn Bheoil
    Route 15 Geal Charn, Carn Dearg
    Route 16 Sgairneach Mhor, Beinn Udlamain, A’ Mharconaich, Geal Charn
    Route 17 Meall Chuaich
    Route 18 A’ Bhuidheanach Bheag, Carn na Caim
    Route 19 Beinn Dearg
    Route 20 Carn a’ Chlamain
    Beinn A’ Ghlo
    Route 21 Carn Liath, Braigh Coire Chruinn-bhalgain, Carn nan Gabhar
    Glen Shee
    Route 22 Glas Tulaichean, Carn an Righ
    Route 23 Creag Leacach, Glas Maol, Cairn of Claise, Tom Buidhe, Tolmount, Carn an Tuirc
    Route 24 Carn a’ Gheoidh, The Cairnwell, Carn Aosda
    Route 25 An Socach
    The Lochnagar Hills
    Route 26 Cac Carn Beag, Carn a’ Choire Bhaidheach, Carn an t-Sagairt Mor, Cairn Bannoch, Broad Cairn
    Glen Clova
    Route 27 Mayar, Driesh
    Glen Esk
    Route 28 Mount Keen
    Route 29 Ben More (Isle of Mull)
    Route 30 Beinn a’ Bheithir – Sgorr Dhonuill, Sgorr Dhearg
    Glen Coe
    Route 31 Aonach Eagach – Meall Dearg, Sgorr nam Fiannaidh
    Route 32 Bidean nam Bian, Stob Coire Sgreamhach
    Route 33 Buachaille Etive Mor – Stob Dearg, Stob na Broige
    Route 34 Buachaille Etive Beag – Stob Dubh, Stob Coire Raineach
    Route 35 Beinn Sgulaird
    Route 36 Sgor na h-Ulaidh
    Route 37 Beinn Fhionnlaidh
    Route 38 Ben Starav, Beinn nan Aighenan, Glas Bheinn Mhor
    Route 39 Stob Coir’ an Albannaich, Meall nan Eun
    Route 40 Creise, Meall a’ Bhuiridh
    Route 41 Stob a’ Choire Odhair, Stob Ghabhar
    Bridge of Orchy
    Route 42 Beinn Achaladair, Beinn a’ Chreachain
    Route 43 Beinn Mhanach
    Route 44 Beinn Dorain, Beinn an Dothaidh
    Route 45 Ben Cruachan, Stob Diamh
    Route 46 Beinn a’ Chochuill, Beinn Eunaich
    Route 47 Ben Lui, Beinn a’ Chleibh, Ben Oss, Beinn Dubhchraig
    Glen Lyon
    Route 48 Meall Buidhe
    Route 49 Stuchd an Lochain
    Route 50 Carn Gorm, Meall Garbh, Carn Mairg, Meall na Aighean (Creag Mhor)
    Route 51 Schiehallion
    Glen Lochay
    Route 52 Creag Mhor, Beinn Heasgarnich
    Route 53 Ben Challum
    Route 54 Meall Glas, Sgiath Chuil
    Route 55 Meall Ghaordaidh
    Loch Tay
    Route 56 Meall nan Tarmachan
    Route 57 Beinn Ghlas, Ben Lawers, An Stuc, Meall Garbh, Meall Greigh
    Route 58 Meall Corranaich, Meall a’ Choire Leith
    Glen Lednock
    Route 59 Ben Chonzie
    Route 60 Beinn Chabhair
    Route 61 An Caisteal, Beinn a’ Chroin
    Route 62 Cruach Ardrain, Beinn Tulaichean
    Route 63 Ben More, Stob Binnein
    Loch Earn
    Route 64 Ben Vorlich (Callander), Stuc a’ Chroin
    Route 65 Beinn Bhuidhe
    Route 66 Ben Vorlich (Inveruglas)
    Route 67 Ben Vane
    Route 68 Beinn Narnain, Beinn Ime
    Route 69 Ben Lomond

    Appendix A Bibliography
    Appendix B Contact Details
    Appendix C Index of Munros (alphabetical)
    Appendix D Index of Munros (by height)

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  • Reviews
    Steve knows his stuff and takes you on little known routes which will allow you to see the best of these regions

    New Year sparks new challenges. And in our household we are looking at more chances to explore. Climbing and walking are among our favourite hobbies and having read author Steve Kew’s guides to the munros, we will soon be heading to Scotland to see for ourselves.

    Both guides are inspiring, full of fascinating facts and provide carefully researched routes to allow you to see the best of what is on offer. Volume 1 concentrates on some of the most exciting landscape in the southern, central and western Highlands, including ascents of the iconic Ben Nevis and the Buachaille Etive Mor and a scramble along the breathtaking Aonach Eagach ridge.

    The second volume looks at the Northern Highlands and Cairngorms, with some of the country’s most evocative mountain scenery.

    Steve knows his stuff and takes you on little known routes which will allow you to see the best of these regions – so get your boots on and start exploring!

    Rebecca Hay

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Steve Kew

Steve Kew is a freelance journalist and keen mountaineer. He started climbing in 1970, and since then has walked and climbed extensively in the Himalayas, Alps and the mountain ranges of Britain. He currently lives in southwest Scotland, and is an active member of the Galloway Mountain Rescue Team and the Mountain Rescue Committee. His previous writing includes three books, many articles for newspapers and magazines, and radio drama for the BBC.

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