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What are Munros and Corbetts?


Scotland's 3,000-foot mountains are often referred to as 'Munros' - So just what is a Munro and how is it defined?

The name comes from Sir Hugh Munro, first president of the Scottish Mountaineering Club (SMC) and a great hill explorer, who in 1891 published the first comprehensive list of mountains over 3,000 feet (914m) in height in Scotland. This list has been maintained by the SMC ever since, and the 284 summits on it have become known as Munros. Click here for list of Munros.

In the 1920's a further list was published, of summits between 2,500 and 3,000 feet (762-914m), and it also took the name of its compiler, J. Rooke Corbett. The Corbetts have a clear definition - they have at least 500 feet of reascent on all sides. There are currently 221 Corbetts and these too have become a 'tick list' for hill-baggers. Click here for list of Crobetts.

A third list, of summits between 2,000 and 2,500 feet (610-762m), was compiled by Fiona Graham and first published in 1992. This list, substantially revised and corrected by Alan Dawson, has now become accepted as the Grahams, so that all summits in Scotland over 2,000 feet are now categorised and published. Click here for list of Grahams.


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