What Is the Highest Mountain in the UK?

What Is the Highest Mountain in the UK?

The highest mountain in the UK is the iconic Ben Nevis, standing at an impressive 1,345m tall. Ben Nevis is located in the Lochaber area of the Scottish Highlands, close to the town of Fort William. The UK’s tallest mountain is part of the Grampian Mountain Range and attracts over 100,000 visitors every year – and with very good reason. Ben Nevis is truly stunning.

The most popular route to the summit is via The Mountain Track, with incredible views of the surrounding countryside. For more information on how to climb Ben Nevis, and summit the UK’s highest peak, click here.

Including Ben Nevis, the UK is home to over 200 mountains that rise above 1,000m – with the majority of these in Scotland. In fact, 192 of the highest 200 mountains in the UK can be found in Scotland. Here is a list of the top 10 highest mountains in the British Isles;

Top 10 Highest Mountains in Britain And Ireland

 

Name

Region

Height (m)

1

Ben Nevis

Grampians, Scotland

1345

2

Ben Macdui

Cairngorms, Scotland

1309

3

Braeriach

Cairngorms, Scotland

1296

4

Cairn Toul

Cairngorms, Scotland

1291

5

Carn na Criche

Cairngorms, Scotland

1265

6

Sgor na Lochain Uaine

Cairngorms, Scotland

1258

7

Cairn Gorm

Cairngorms, Scotland

1245

8

Aonach Beag

Grampians, Scotland

1234

9

Aonach Mor

Grampians, Scotland

1221

10

Carn Dearg

Monadh Liath, Scotland

1221

 

The highest mountain outside of Scotland, is Mount Snowdon, located in the picturesque Snowdonia National Park. Snowdon is the highest mountain in Wales and England and is one of Wales’ most famous landmarks. There are six different paths that lead to the summit of Snowdon, which can all be found here. Climbing Mount Snowdon is an adventure that should be on everyone’s bucket lists!

Despite Snowdon’s popularity, Wales’ other 1000m peaks are lesser known. Here is a list of Wales’ top 5 highest mountains –

Top 5 Highest Mountains in Wales

 

Name

Region

Height (m)

1

Snowdon

Snowdon, Snowdonia

1085

2

Garnedd Ugain

Snowdon, Snowdonia

1065

3

Carnedd Llewelyn

Carneddau, Snowdonia

1064

4

Carnedd Dafydd

Carneddau, Snowdonia

1044

5

Glyder Fawr

Glyderau, Snowdonia

1001

 

Ireland is also home to a few peaks over 1000m tall, including Carrauntoohil – Ireland’s tallest mountain. Carrauntoohil is part of the Macgillycuddy’s range and stands at an impressive 1038m tall. The most common route to the summit is via the Devil’s Ladder, attracting thousands of people from all over the world every year.  On a fine day, the views from the summit are magnificent – and it’s definitely worth the hike!

Top 5 Highest Mountains in Ireland

 

Name

Region

Height (m)

1

Carrauntoohil

MacGillycuddy's Reeks

1039

2

Beenkeragh

MacGillycuddy's Reeks

1008

3

Caher

MacGillycuddy's Reeks

1000

4

Knocknapeasta

MacGillycuddy's Reeks

988

5

Bearna Rua

MacGillycuddy's Reeks

973

 

Scafell Pike is England’s highest mountain (978m) and can be found in the stunning Lake District National Park. The hike to the summit is long, but well worth the effort – as you’ll be rewarded with stunning views of the surrounding areas. For more information on Scafell Pike click here.

Top 5 Highest Mountains in England

 

Name

Region

Height (m)

1

Scafell Pike

Lake District (SW)

978

2

Scafell

Lake District (SW)

964

3

Helvellyn

Lake District (NE)

950

4

Ill Crag

Lake District (SW)

935

5

Broad Crag

Lake District (SW)

934

 

Are you looking to summit one of the highest mountains in the UK? Why not take on one of our UK trekking challenges. You’ll be supported by a highly experienced event team who will be motivating you from start to finish. Our trekking challenges range from something for the complete beginner to those looking to push themselves out of their comfort zone and take on a multi-peak adventure!

 

Our UK Trekking Adventures

Summit the highest mountain in the UK on our Ben Nevis Trek. This weekend challenge takes us to the heart of the Scottish Highlands, as we trek along the Tourist Path to summit the magnificent Ben Nevis.

 

Take on the tallest mountains in Scotland, England and Wales on our classic Three Peaks Challenge. This trekking adventure will test us both mentally and physically as we hike to the summit of some of the UK’s giants, one after another! The aim of the challenge is to keep our trekking time under 15 hours. The sense of achievement as you reach the bottom of Snowdon, will be second to none!

 

Challenge yourself on our Lakes 4 Peaks challenge and summit four of the highest mountains in England. This is the perfect challenge if you are looking to take on your first multi-peak adventure – as we spend two days hiking Scafell, Scafell Pike, Helvellyn and Skiddaw, surrounded by the stunning views of the Lake District National Park.

 

Climb to the highest point in Wales on our classic Snowdon Trek or Snowdon at Night adventure! Witness the stunning scenery of Snowdonia as we take the picturesque Pyg Track up to the summit on our Snowdon Trek. Or conquer Snowdon with a twist as we take on Wales’ highest mountain at night. Both challenges will leave you memories to last a lifetime.

 

If you are looking to push yourself outside your comfort zone, then our 24 Peaks Challenge is for you. The aim is to conquer 24 peaks in the stunning Lake District, over two consecutive days.

 

For more trekking challenges, head over to the challenge pages on our website, or call us on 01244 676454 and a member of our events team will be happy to discuss our challenges!

 

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