Scottish Hill Tables

For the majority of people who do it, hillwalking is simply a hobby, a way of unwinding at the end of a hectic week. However, like most hobbies, there are those who enjoy having additional incentives and it's here that Scotland's hill tables come into play. These are lists of hills, compiled according to height.


The best known is Munro's Tables, a roll of Scottish mountains over 3000 feet. The original list was drawn up by Sir Hugh Munro and published in 1891. Over the years there have been a number of revisions and the total currently stands at 284. From this has stemmed the popular pursuit of 'Munro-bagging' - attempting to climb all of the Munros. Some take a lifetime to achieve the goal, while the record for the fastest round - held by Glasgow postman Charlie Campbell - currently stands at an amazing 49 days.


Below the Munros are the Corbetts, a list of Scottish peaks over 2500 feet in height but under 3000 feet with a re-ascent of 500 feet on all sides compiled by Mr J. Rooke Corbett. There are currently 220 but, like the Munros, the table is subject to occasional revision.


Then there are Donald's Tables, listing all hills in the Scottish Lowlands 2000 feet in height and above, originally compiled by Mr Percy Donald. There are currently 89 of these, plus numerous tops.


The Grahams are a complete list of Scottish hills between 2000 and 2499 feet high. The table was compiled by Alan Dawson and Fiona Torbet (nee Graham) and contains 224 peaks.

Further reading

The Munros (Scottish Mountaineering Club)
Munro's Tables and other Tables of Lower Hills (Scottish Mountaineering Club)
The Corbetts and other Scottish Hills (Scottish Mountaineering Club)
The Munro Almanac by Cameron McNeish (The In Pinn)
The Corbett Almanac by Cameron McNeish (The In Pinn)