6 walks where you can bag multiple Munros

There's only one thing better than ticking off one Munro in a day: bagging several in a single outing. Test yourself with one of these challenging, but rewarding routes.

The Ring of Steall is a ferocious circuit of four Munros which can be climbed in a single day (Photo: JP)


White Mounth Five

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The majority of walkers are content with climbing Lochnagar by itself, and it's easy to see why - the wave of rock which makes up the peak's north face and threatens to engulf Loch nan Eun beneath is a sight to behold.

However, to turn this walk from a great Scottish walk, to one of the great Scottish walks, it is worth incorporating the four Munros which make up the White Mounth Five. Though none are as spectacular as Lochnagar, the four peaks each give a different perspective of the mountain, and the Cairngorms to the west.

The walk back from Broad Cairn, the final Munro, is knackering, but scenery ought to make your legs feel lighter.

Number of Munros: 5

Distance: 18 miles

South Glen Shiel Ridge

Nowhere in Scotland is it easier to bag several Munros in a single outing than on the South Glen Shiel Ridge. Roughly ten miles long, this snaking ridge is blessed with seven (yes, seven) Munros, including the shapely Sgurr an Lochain, backdropped by Loch Duich.

From the ridge views of the Five Sister of Kintail to the north are stupendous, particularly when the sibling are blanketed in snow, while to the south the Knoydart Peninsula appears wild and wonderful.

The only slight snag with this route is that the walk back along the A87 is brutish - particularly after a day's climbing. Instead, consider hitchhiking or planning alternative transport back to your start point.

Number of Munros: 7

Distance: 17 miles

Glen Strathfarrar

You're more likely to come across a herd of red deer than a fellow walker when climbing this fine quartet of peaks north of the Great Glen.

Your first challenge when tackling this walk is gaining access to the glen, which is gated off and only accesible between 9am and 6-8pm in summer - in winter it is necessary to organise your trip through Mountaineering Scotland.

The walk is certainly worth the hassle though - the views off the ridge which connects the four peaks will fill you with a sense of adventure and intrepidity lacking on more popular peaks.

Number of Munros: 4

Distance: 16 miles

Mullardoch Munros

Another epic walk north of the Great Glen, this time: the Mullardoch round.

With each Munro this route becomes more and more remote, until you reach An Socach, one of the most secluded mountains in Scotland. The views over Scotland's beautiful north from An Socach, meaning "the Snout", are breathtaking.

The return home is relentlessly tough - the route through brush along the banks of Loch Mullardoch barely qualifies as a path and mustn't be underestimated.

Consider camping in the shadow of Mullardoch Dam before taking on this route as you'll need all the daylight you can get

Number of Munros: 4

Distance: 18 miles

Ring of Steall

Nerves of steel are forged on the Ring of Steall, a curved ridge of four Munros, the majority of them requiring scrambling. The jagged aretes which link each peak mean that this is a route for those with a head for heights.

Rewards for mountain gallantry are views of some of Scotland's most precipitous peaks.

Number of Munros: 4

Distance: 10 miles

Cairnwell three

This pint-sized route above the Glenshee ski-centre certainly doesn't exhibit Scotland's best scenery - the slopes are scarred with ski-lifts and weather vanes. It does, however, offer the unique opportunity to climb three Munros in under three hours.

Fit walkers can navigate the easily accessible mountains of Carn Aosda, Carn a'Gheoidh and Cairnwell, in rapid time thanks to well made paths and a high starting point.

The highlight of the route is the view west from the summit of Carn a'Gheoidh, the most cut-off of the three peaks.

Number of Munros: 3

Distance: 8 miles