Easiest Munros

Just starting hillwalking, visiting Scotland's hills for the first time or just looking for a quick afternoon walk ?

Below are 10 of the most straightforward Munro routes (well in my humble opinion anyway). All of the routes have very obvious paths to their Munro summits and on some it is possible to continue further and bag more peaks.

There are links to get more information, including maps, longer routes, photos, accommodation and much more.

Carn Aosda and The Cairnwell

1 - The Cairnwell and Carn Aosda

Munros above the Glenshee Ski Centre with very little ascent. You could do them all as part of a hillrace taking in another 7 Munros !
Meall nan Tarmachan

2 - Meall nan Tarmachan

The most easterly peak on a fine ridge walk above Loch Tay
Carn Liath

3 - Carn Liath on Beinn a'Ghlo

Fine tracks reach Beinn a'Ghlo and its neighbours. Beyond Carn Liath navigation skills are tested on the summit plateaux.
Ben Chonzie

4 - Ben Chonzie

An enjoyable easy summer's afternoon walk heading direct up Ben Chonzie. Longer routes include the neighbouring Corbett Auchnafree Hill.

5 - Cairngorm

Vast plateaus with Artic tundra, hidden lochans, long narrow crests and dark corries. Yet so accessible !

6 - Schiehallion

A prominant mountain from all directions. A bit tougher than you'd think, particularly if the mist is down !
Mount Keen

7 - Mount Keen

Recent path work have made access to this summit even easier. A bike is recommended !
Driesh and Mayar

8 - Mayar and Driesh

With fine paths and short distance, this pair make for a good introduction to hillwalking
Ben Lomond

9 - Ben Lomond

The most southerly Munro. Quiet first thing in the morning and views are vast and superb from the summit.
Ben Vorlich

10 - Ben Vorlich, Loch Earn

Easy enjoyable walking. A bit of rock-scrambling if you fancy extending the route to include Stuc a'Chroin.

Times are calculated using Naismith's rule : 4km/h distance + 600m/h ascent

Other fairly easy Munros that just missed out being in the list of the 10 easiest Munroes are :
Ben Wyvis above Dingwall Ben Hope in the far north
Ben More on Mull Glas Tulaichean, Glenshee
Meall Chuach, Dalwhinnie Geal-charn, Dalwhinnie
Beinn na Lap above Loch Ossian   Beinn Ghlas & Ben Lawers

Important note

Although the Munro routes listed are considered easy, it should be noted that conditions on all Scottish hills can change rapidly, therefore never head out under-equiped. Always carry a relevant map and compass and know how to use them !


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