Munro Bagging – How many ? Are the Munro Tops harder! Any views.

  • Munroist. – How many have completed – how many never reported ? This is the updated list from the Scottish Mountaineering Club Website,
  • I loved doing the Munros I did not have a car when I started and had to hitch to many and was lucky to be in the RAF Mountain Rescue Team at RAF Kinloss managing to get many done with the Team. There were many who said they spoiled a day and a mountain should not be in a list as there are many better hills than those that reach the magic 3000 mark. It was great training for me and you got to know Scotland well and my first Munros book was a well ticked and battered book at the end when myself and Tom MacDonald completed on the same day on Different Hills we were then known as  –  Munro Compleatists

    Munro Compleatists Those who complete (compleat!) the Munros can record this fact and receive the magic number by writing in to The Clerk of The List e).

    Notification of compleation and any amendments to the List should be sent
    in writing only, to:

    David J. Broadhead
    Cul Mor
    Drynie Park North
    Muir of Ord
    IV6 7RP

    Enclose a SAE to ensure a reply. Mr Broadhead, The Clerk of the List, is always interested in how long you have taken, the first and last hills, age, and plans for the future.

    In return you will receive your Munroists number and details on the purchase of a tie, or brooch. Additionally, an A4 SAE should ensure that you will also receive a Compleation Certificate, suitable for framing, with your unique number, signed by the Clerk of The List. Mr Broadhead will also be pleased to hear from anyone who has completed the Corbetts. More details of this in the Journal.

    Additionally, a list of current compleaters is published annually in the SMC Journal.

1976 First Munro 1976 An Socach 3097ft Pete Mc Gowan Heavy Whalley, Les Boswell, Mark Cullen- Munroist Number NO 146

1976 First Munro 1976 An Socach 3097ft Pete Mc Gowan Heavy Whalley, Les Boswell, Mark Cullen- Munroist Number No 146

Since then the reported numbers are as taken from the SMC Website and makes Interesting reading – How the numbers reported have soared.

  • 1901 – 1970 – 96 Munroists
  • 1970 – 1980 – 211 – (115)
  • 1980 – 1990 – 721 – (510)
  • 1990 – 2000 – 2310 – (1800)
  • 2000 – 2015 – 5855 +
  • How many never reported ?  Why don’t you do it now its not too late?
The write up by Pete the RAF team Leader

The write up by Pete the RAF team Leader

Since then I have done the Munros several times and the tops which to me are a great challenge – would you agree ?

My best day was Tranters Round with my Dog Teallach a big day for us but what journey together. We knew the hills well and after two attempts managed it .


Tranters Round

Tranters Round

Tranters Day now a walk to some but magic in my day>

Tranters Day now a walk to some but magic in my day.


Named after Philip Tranter, who first completed it in 1964, this is considered to be Scotland’s original 24 hour challenge, before being extended by Charlie Ramsay in 1978. It is a round of some 36 miles and over 20,000′ taking in 19 Munros in the Mamores, Grey Corries and Aonachs together with Carn Mor Dearg and Ben Nevis. It still remains a creditable and rewarding challenge in its own right.

A Munro  is a mountain in Scotland with a height over 3000 feet. Munros are named after Sir Hugh Munro (1856–1919), who produced the first list of such hills, known as Munros Tables, in 1891. A Munro top is a summit that is not regarded as a separate mountain and which is over 3,000 feet. In the 2012 revision of the tables, published by the Scottish Mountaineering Club, there are 282 Munros and 227 further subsidiary tops.

What is your favourite Munro ?

Mine is An Teallach – plus so many more. # Favourite top Am Bastier “The Tooth”

An Teallach with its tops is a magic day - how few do all the tops as well?

An Teallach with its tops is a magic day – how few do all the tops as well?

Great views from the Munro tops do few visit these summits grand hills in their own right?

On An Teallach a hill of several tops!

On An Teallach a hill of several tops!

There are so many other  great days where you can get so many Munros done in a day but now it is time to savour and enjoy them.

The secrets the hills show if you look?

The secrets the hills show if you look?

The original list has been pruned new technology has changed a few heights and the list is monitored by those that police such matters, Many call these lost hills the forgotten Munros  ?  All worth a visit in my view!

My good friend Andy Lawson sent me this:

Using the latest version of the Database of British Hills, I just did a comparison of the original 1891 Munro list with the current list.

There are 32 summits in the original Munro list which are no longer in the current list, so yes the list has changed a fair bit.

(His website  is a great site with lots of useful information.)



Hill Height Grid Ref
Beinn a’Chroin East Top [Beinn a’Chroin] 940.1 NN 39399 18587
Beinn a’Chuirn 923 NN 35999 40916
Beinn Cheathaich 937 NN 44409 32653
Meall a’Churain 917.2 NN 46282 32474
Clach Leathad 1098.9 NN 24036 49311
Sgor Choinnich 929 NN 44363 68314
Sgairneach Mhor (old GR) 963 NN 59500 72748
Glas Mheall Mor 928 NN 68063 76948
Meall a’Chaorainn 916
Beinn Iutharn Bheag 953 NO 06524 79113
An Socach East Top 938 NO 09898 80571
Carn Bhac SW Top 920
Carn Bhinnein 917
Carn Eas 1089 NO 12257 99254
Creag an Leth-choin [Lurcher’s Crag] 1053 NH 96840 03331
Carn Ban Mor 1052 NN 89379 97194
A’Choinneach 1017 NJ 03209 04824
Meall Dubhag 998 NN 88041 95543
Creag an Dail Mhor 972 NO 13187 98208
Carn Cloich-mhuilinn 942 NN 96861 90677
Geal-charn 920 NH 88404 01405
Carn Ban [1891: Carn Mairg] 942 NH 63191 03170
Carn Ballach (SW Top) 919.8 NH 64355 04463
Stob Poite Coire Ardair East Top [Crom Leathad] 1050
Beinn a’Chaorainn South Top 1049 NN 38640 84505
Sgurr na Lapaich 1036 NH 15418 24380
Carn na Con Dhu 967 NH 07273 24178
Bidean an Eoin Deirg 1046.5 NH 10364 44313
Creag Dubh 947 NH 19973 35066
Slioch – Trig Point 980 NH 00502 68862
Sgurr Dearg – Cairn 978 NG 44388 21544
Beinn an Lochain 901 NN 21868 07962

Any views? I am speaking to the Munro Society in the next few weeks and would value any input.


The Munro’s – Thanks Sir Hugh

It was a race to finish
A list to complete
For a name in a book

For years we took you for granted
Like a lover
Then gone.

So many great memories
Now the hills are battered
By so many feet?

Who are we to criticise
we have all used you?

For many the first is
like love, life changing?

So many are now enjoying
what we had when young.

Go and have fun and savour
Those Munro days in the sun.

Heavy summit Schiehallion 24 July 2014

On 8 th round – and sadly still single married to the mountains and wild places!

My Dog Teallach on the South Clunnie a 9 Munro day with the Saddle - he was a compleatist and lifted his leg to mark the summit on ever cairn - He did these 89 Munros in a day on 12 separate occasions!

My Dog Teallach with two of the Bairns  on the South Clunnie a 9 Munro day with the Saddle – he was a compleatist and lifted his leg to mark the summit on ever cairn – He did these 89 Munros in a day on 12 separate occasions!


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3 Responses to Munro Bagging – How many ? Are the Munro Tops harder! Any views.

  1. pondbug says:

    I started the munros in the late 80s and have 17 left to do – so a fairly slow approach but every outing is savoured. Without the munros I’d probably just keep going up the same old hills repeatedly, but what I value about ‘doing’ the munros is that it takes you all over Scotland and also has kept a group of us focused on joint outings, a group that may have petered out if we didn’t have the goal (altho members have differing attitudes to compleating). So I do it to see Scotland, enjoy the outdoors and all it offers, keeping fit, comradeship. With the end now in sight I will continue to accompany friends who have still to compleat and will aim to repeat some of the best hills which I did in less than excellent conditions (eg twice I’ve been on the summit of Slioch and still haven’t seen the view!). It’s very hard to pick a favourite munro – stand outs include (as a non climber) climbing the Inn Pinn, An Teallach, Beinn Alligan, ach there are too many…
    My first was Derry Cairngorm and my last will be Schiehallion. I probably will register my round if I make it. I’ve taken my current and previous dog up quite a few munros, esp those I’ve done alone and those where we haven’t stayed din hostels – goos to see SYHA are experimenting with dog friendly hostels.
    Anyway that’s my random responses – good luck with your talk

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  2. While I can totally understand Munro-bagging as such (after all, I did them), I can’t understand multiple rounds. There are a few Munros I’d do again, some again and again, but the whole round again? not for me!

    I’m currently Munro Topping (as I call it) as I only had 50 or so undone after I’d finished the Munros. I now have 6 left and am hoping to finish next year (should have been this year until the ‘summer’ we had this year took hold!) I definitely think Munro Tops are much harder than the Munros were – but maybe that’s because I left out all the ones which were too scary or too far away on my original Munro round! They’ve definitely got me into some places I would never have gone though – much like the Munros did originally but more so I think.

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