A Munro is the Scottish name for a mountain over 914 metres and there are 282 in Scotland, 55 of which are in the Cairngorms National Park, 4 of which are the highest mountains in the UK. A Corbett is a Scottish hill that is between 762 and 914 metres high and with a drop of 152 metres on all sides, there are 221 Corbetts in Scotland and 26 in The Cairngorms National Park. We recommend starting with Meall a’ Bhuachaille at Glenmore if you haven’t done a Munro before as it’s an easy first walk with a good path to the summit and right next to our Two Queens Houses if you want a hot tub and sauna once you have completed it!
The Cairngorms, Am Monadh Ruadh in Gaelic, are mountains that form part of the Grampians and are perhaps the most famous of the mountain ranges. Roughly translated as The Red Mountains, the Cairngorms got its name from the rosy-red pink granite that would have been the dominant colour of the mountain after the last glaciers retreated during the ice age and the freshly shattered granite rocks were exposed, bare of soil and vegetation. Today, most of those sharp, freshly shattered rocks have been rounded by frost and snow and are a grey colour with a covering of lichens and mosses, suited to the extreme high-altitude life.
The Cairngorms are regarded as climatically, geomorphologically and biologically the most extensive ‘arctic’ area in the UK, making the whole area of considerable national and European importance.
The highest of the Munros in the Park, Scotland and the UK, are Ben Macdui at 1,309m, followed by Braeriach at 1,296m, Cairn Toul at 1,291m and Sgor an Lochain Uaine at 1,258m, all found within the Cairngorm Mountain range.
Munros to bag that we recommend are Cairn Gorm at 1245m and Ben Macdui at 1309m. Other Munros to bag in the National Park are listed below.
We would advise you ensure you have all the right equipment before heading out onto the hills and Glenmore Lodge run courses to give you the confidence to head to the hills https://www.glenmorelodge.org.uk/
Walk Highlands is one of the best resources to plan your walk https://www.walkhighlands.co.uk/
Sgòr an Lochain Uaine
Beinn a’ Ghlò
Càrn a’ Mhàim
Beinn a’ Bhùird
The Devil’s Point
Beinn a’ Chaorainn