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What is a Munro, Corbett or Graham?

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A Munro is a Scottish mountain over 3,000ft. A "top" is a secondary peak over 3,000ft. The distinction is not clear cut, and has changed over the years; the current list was made by a committee of the Scottish Mountaineering Council. There are 284 Munros and 517 tops.

The name Munro comes from Munros tables compiled by Sir Hugh Munro the Tory MP, but there have been some modifications since the table was first compiled.

A Corbett is a separate mountain over 2,500ft.
Distinct Corbetts must have a 500ft drop between them. A Graham is a separate mountain over 2,000ft. (does anyone know how many Corbetts and Grahams there are - I have heard 219 and 224). The Corbetts are named after John Rooke Corbett who in 1930 became the first person to climb all the 2000-feet-high peaks in Scotland. The Grahams are named after Fiona Torbet (nee Graham) who published her own list of these peaks in the early 1990s.

The Inacessible Pinnacle on Skye is the only Munro to require climbing equipment but in practice very few people do all the others without a rope for some of the hard bits on the usual routes.

Don't go unprepared. It is rather easy to die on Scottish mountains if you start with the attitude that they're all going to be an easy stroll you could do in jeans and running shoes.

Full list

A full list of Munros is at

More info on walking in Scotland
This has information on how to climb every Munro

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