What is the highest mountain in Scotland? The 13 highest mountains in Scotland - and how easy they are to climb

These are the highest munros in Scotland.

Ben Nevis is the highest mountain in Scotland

Scotland is famed for its rugged wilderness. And there is perhaps nowhere in the British Isles which feel farther from the bustle of civilisation than at the summit of a mighty munro.

Climbing a mountain brings with it a spectacular sense of achievement. So much so that in Scotland there is a challenge known as ‘munro-bagging’ –reaching the summit of all 282 of Scotland’s mountains which are taller than 3,000ft.

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But which are the greatest challenges of them all?

Ben Nevis is the king of the Scottish Highlands. Standing at a whopping 1,345m (4,412ft), it is the highest mountain in the UK. It takes between seven to nine hours to complete the mountain track, and around three and a half to four and half hours ascent to the summit. It should go without saying this is no walk in the park, so come prepared. You'll be sore the next day - but the views and sense of achievement will be immense.

If you’ve ever climbed Arthur’s Seat and thought that was quite high, well Ben Nevis is the height of more than five Arthur’s Seats on top of each other.

We take a look at the very highest munros in Scotland, and how difficult each one is to climb.

Remember these mountains are dangerous and extreme environments, even in favourable conditions. Make sure you are prepared with the correct equipment and research before you take any of these on.

Visit walkhighlands.co.uk or visitscotland.com for more information.

Ben Macdui is the second highest mountain in Scotland and Britain, at 1,309m (4,294ft). It can be found in the Cairngorm plateau, an arctic environment which is home to Britain's only herd of reindeer. It takes around six to eight hours to walk in summer conditions, with the ascent a staggering 932m (3,057). Be wary as the plateau is exposed to the elements and tough to navigate. If you want to take this on, you'll need top navigational skills and equipment. Not for the faint-hearted or unprepared, and nearby Cairn Gorm is actually said to have better views.

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Braeriach is also in the Caingorms, and it's argued to be the finest of the lot. Standing at 1,296m (4,251ft), it takes a long approach walk to reach its vast summit, about eight to ten hours in favourable conditions. Braeriach is less popular than the previous two due to its remote position, but its wilderness is said to be dramatic and ruggedly beautiful. This is a tough yet incredibly rewarding walk recommended for experienced walkers.
Another from the Cairngorms, Cairn Toul stands at 1,291m (4,235) - only metres shorter than its neighbour Braeriach. It is often climbed alongside other peaks, but walkers doing it alone will have to trek at least 27km for the round trip. The views from the top are said to be spectacular, but expect some rock scrambling and perhaps a stay in a bothy before you make it to the top.
Sgòr an Lochain Uaine is 1,258m (4,127 ft) and part of the Cairngorms mountain range. Sgòr an Lochain Uaine means 'peak of the little green loch' which it has on its south east peak. Some old maps call it The Angel's Peak, and it's usually climbed alongside other munros like neighbouring Cairn Toul and Braeriach. This route takes around 13 hours and can be split over two days.
Cairn Gorm is so good they named the whole mountain range after it. Standing at 1,245m (4,085ft), it has a ski centre, restaurant, and funicular railway so is probably the busiest munro of this list. From the car park the walk is just under 9k and takes two and a half to three and a half hours.
Aonach Beag is a memorable 1,234m (4,048ft) and can be found just a few miles from Ben Nevis. Walkers tend to traverse the route to Aonach Beag and Aonach Mòr - the next highest Munro at 1,220m (4,004ft) - together from Glen Nevis, which you can catch a bus to. This takes around seven to 10 hours over a distance of over 16km (10 miles). Good navigational skills are a must and there is a steep descent from Aonach Mòr, with boggy ground lower down. But there are of course superb views from the top of these extraordinary mountains.
Imagine seeing that in real life. The 'big red hill' Càrn Mòr Dearg is 1,223m (4,012ft). It is considered the perfect viewpoint to gaze at Ben Nevis' north face (pictured), and some walkers climb Ben Nevis via Càrn Mòr Dearg Arête. This is for experienced, physically fit walkers who don't mind the odd scramble. Walk Highlands says: "This is a truly spectacular route incorporating two Munros. It will live long in the memory and does true justice to the mountain."
At 1,214m (3,982ft), Ben Lawers is the highest mountain in the central Highlands and one of the most popular. It has a some of the most rare arctic-alpine plants in Britain, and sits on the north side of Loch Tay. This climb is two for the price of one as walkers often cross Beinn Ghlas en route without even noticing. A high-level car park makes the ascent easier, which can be completed in four to six hours. There is a clear path to the top but it is very exposed to the elements up there.
Back in the Cairngorms (pictured), Beinn a'Bhùird dominates the skyline at 1,196m (3,923ft). Its summit plateau is vast and a vehicle track leads up to it from the west, but to the east are steep treacherous cliffs. The munro can be approached through the ancient pinewoods of Glen Quoich or the moors of Gleann an t-Slugain. Despite being a relatively smooth journey, it's a long walk, taking from seven to nine hours.
If you climb to the top of Càrn Eige, this otherworldly sight is what awaits you. Standing at 1,183m (3,881ft), it is the highest munro in the north of Scotland, located on the border of Inverness and Ross and Cromarty. Càrn Eige is often scaled alongside its neighbour Mam Sodhail in a sort of horse-shoe shaped hike, which can take 10-13 hours. It should also be noted Càrn Eige is around 10km from the nearest road.
Beinn Mheadhoin means the middle hill, which is appropriate as it sits in the centre of the Cairngorms mountain range. Though, at 1,182m (3,878ft), it's much more than a hill. Rugged granite rock formations can be found at its summit plateau , and it can be climbed from across Loch Avon valley (pictured), giving spectacular views. This hike can take around eight to nine hours but only the most experienced should attempt it as it is very remote and has a steep descent.