We have already seen the worlds highest mountains and the highest mountains in the US, but now we take a look at the UK. Starting with Scotland we will travel around the UK looking at the highest mountains, some of which are truly amazing…
The Top 10 Highest Mountains in Scotland and Where to Find Them
10 – Ben Lawers – 1214 m (3983 feet)
Ben Lawers is not only the tenth highest in Scotland, it is also the highest mountain in the southern part of the Scottish Highlands. Located just North of Loch Tay it is the highest point of a long ridge that includes seven Munros! (A Munros is a mountain located in Scotland with a height of at least 3,000 feet – 914 meters)
9 – Càrn Mòr Dearg 1220 m – (4003 feet)
Located in the West of Scotland it is close to Fort Willian in Lochaber in the Highlands. Said to be one of the best ski mountains in Scotland it is often a big tourist trap whenever there is snow (which happens a lot in the Highlands).
8 – Aonach Mòr 1221 m – (4006 feet)
Located right next to our number 1 (Ben Nevis) its name “Aonach Mòr” means it is bigger than its closest rival, but of course Satellite data has since revealed that not to be true. In fact, it is 13 lower than the summit of Aonach Beag!
7 – Aonach Beag – 1234 m (4049 feet)
Talking of Aonach Beag this mountain is also located very near Ben Nevis and is accessible via a gondola lift that goes along the Nevis Range ski area. As a weird fact, the North face of the mountain holds the UK record for the longest lasting patch of snow when a patch located at the bottom of the climb known as ‘Queen’s View’ lasted for 5 years!
6 – Cairn Gorm – 1244 m (4081 feet)
Cairn Gorm (meaning Blue Hill) is located once again in the Scotish Highlands and is also home to a funicular railway (cliff railway) which has helped it become very popular with both ski tourists and mountain walkers.
5 – Sgor an Lochain Uaine – 1258 m (4127 feet)
This remote mountain is often climbed along with many other mountains in the same range. It was once called The Angel’s Peak, but this was just a 19th-century invention to act as a counterpoint to The Devil’s Point which is also located nearby.
4 – Cairn Toul – 1291 m (4236 feet)
Cairn Toul name means “Hill of the barn’ and it often climbed once again with other peaks at the same time. But with its boggy plateau it is not the easiest to get to, but yet every year thousands of people do just that.
3 – Braeriach – 1296 m (4252 feet)
Braeriach is the 3rd highest in the British Isles and that is not its only claim to fame. Its peak is also home to the longest-lying snow patches in Scotland that have only melted 5 times since 1933 with 2006 being the last time. But with global warming, it is happening much more frequently.
2 – Ben Macdui – 1309 m (4295 feet)
While Ben Macdui might be the 2nd highest in Scotland and UK, it is also said to be one of the easiest to climb with a very handy carpark located at the bottom of it. While even this route is over 4 miles long it is one of the most direct to the peak, unlike many others on this list that require climbing others to get to them.
1 – Ben Nevis – 1344 m (4409 feet)
Located in the Grampian Mountains is the UK and Scotlands tallest beast of a mountain. While only 114 ft higher than Ben Macdui its location makes it look much higher. Said to be climbed on average of 100,000 times per year (while still being considered one of the hardest climbs in the UK) it is thought the mountain is the collapsed dome of an ancient volcano! I can only imagine how tall it would have been before its lid popped off!