Hill News

Beinn Dearg and Creag na h-Eararuidh [Stùc na Càbaig] (Glen Artney) - 26 October 2017

This surveys confirms the higher top as Creag na h-Eararuidh (708.3m) rather than Beinn Dearg (706.7m). The results from this survey have been accepted by Ordnance Survey and have been forwarded to OS Cartography for relevant map changes.

This survey confirms that Creag na h-Eararuidh is the Graham (elevated from Graham Top) and Beinn Dearg is a Graham Top (demoted from Graham).

You can read more about this survey in the official Beinn Dearg and Creag na h-Eararuidh survey report.


Beinn Tharsuinn & Sidhean a' Choin Bhain (Strath Rory) - 10 May 2017

Previously a twin Graham, this surveys separates the twin tops and confirms Beinn Tharsuinn as the highest point.

You can read more about this survey in the official Beinn Tharsuinn & Sidhean a' Choin Bhain survey report.


Doune Hill (Luss) - 25 April 2017

Not part of the SMT funded survey programme, this survey confirms the highest point of Doune Hill to lie at a small cairn 47m SSW of the Trig Point.

You can read more about this survey in the official Doune Hill survey report.


Little Wyvis (Strathgarve) - 25 March 2017

Being one of the lowest Corbetts the height of Little Wyvis was checked and the survey confirms its height to be 763m and therefore above the 762m (2500ft) requirement.

You can read more about this survey in the official Little Wyvis survey report.


A' Bhuidheanach Bheag (Drumochter) - 24 March 2017

OS maps show three 930m ring contours on the summit of this Munro; A' Bhuidheanach Bheag (Trig Point), A' Bhuidheanach Mhòr (NE top) and the West top, with heights of 936m for A' Bhuidheanach Bheag and the West top. This survey confirms the highest point to be 936m at the Trig Point on the recognised summit of A' Bhuidheanach Bheag (or to be more precise at NN66060 77585, some 11m from the trig point on a bearing of 240 degrees).

The West top was measured at 935m and A' Bhuidheanach Mhòr was confirmed to be lower at around 933m. There is now no need to cross the 600m of fairly featureless intervening ground to find the West top to be assured of attaining the actual summit; A' Bhuidheanach Mhòr is normally crossed on the way to A' Bhuidheanach Bheag so was easily picked up.

You can read more about this survey in the official A' Bhuidheanach Bheag survey report.


Meall Garbh & An Stuc (Lawers) - February 2017

The OS have confirmed the heights of these two hills to be 1123m and 1117m respectively. Previously they were both given 1118m. There is no change in their status as Munro Tops.


SMT Funded Heightings Project Update - 23 September 2016 (Ben Aslak Survey)

This survey found the height of Ben Aslak (Skye) to be 609.0m and therefore below the 609.6m (2000ft) requirement for it to be a Graham. The results have been accepted by Ordnance Survey and forwarded to OS Cartography for relevant map changes.

You can read more about this survey in the official Ben Aslak survey report.


Drochaid Ghlas (Cruachan) - September 2016

Formerly recorded as 1009m, the OS have confirmed the height of Drochaid Ghlas to actually be 1024m. There is no change in its status as a Munro Top.


SMT Funded Heightings Project Update - 16 September 2016 (Stob na Boine Druim-fhinn Survey)

For details of the SMT funded heightings project see the 6 May 2016 news item. Below we present a further finding from surveying commissioned for this project.

Surveys of Stob na Boine Druim-fhinn and its bealach (col) were carried out by G&J Surveys and the OS has accepted the data for inclusion on their future mapping.

  • Boine Druim-fhinn was measured on 6 May 2016 and found to be 658.37m (+/-0.05m).
  • Boine Druim-fhinn's highest bealach was measured on 6 May 2016 and found to be 508.78m (+/-0.07m).
  • Thus, the drop (relative height) was estimated to be 149.59 +/-0.09m on the day. However, it was estimated in very dry conditions the drop could increase by ~0.3m to 149.9m. (NB: It rains ~3days per week at the nearest weather station [average over 29 years].)

Therefore Stob na Boine Druim-fhinn does not have the required 150m of drop for it to qualify as a Graham.

You can read more about this survey in the official Stob na Boine Druim-fhinn survey report.


SMT Funded Heightings Project Update - 5 July 2016 (Cnoc Coinnich, Cruach nan Capull and Cruach nam Mult Surveys)

For details of the SMT funded heightings project see the 6 May 2016 new item. Below we present further outcomes from surveying commissioned for this project.

Official surveys of Cnoc Coinnich, Cruach nan Capull and Cruach nam Mult (all previously listed as Grahams) were carried out by G&J Surveys and the OS has accepted the data for inclusion on their future mapping.

  • Cnoc Coinnich was measured on 7 May 2016 and found to be 763.51m (+/-0.05m).
  • Cruach nan Capull was measured on 8 May 2016 and found to be 611.97m (+/-0.05m).
  • Cruach nam Mult was measured on 9 May 2016 and found to be 611.22m (+/-0.05m).

Thus Cnoc Coinnich is duly promoted to Corbett status whilst Cruach nan Capull and Cruach nam Mult remain Grahams.

You can read more about these surveys in the official Cnoc Coinnich, Cruach nan Capull and Cruach nam Mult surveys report.


SMT Funded Heightings Project Update - 10 May 2016 (Beinn na h-Uamha, Corra-bheinn and Cruachan Dearg Surveys)

For details of the SMT funded heightings project see the 6 May 2016 new item. Below we present further outcomes from surveying commissioned for this project.

Official surveys of Beinn na h-Uamha (Corbett), Corra-bheinn and Cruachan Dearg (twinned Grahams) were carried out by G&J Surveys and the OS has accepted the data for inclusion on their future mapping.

  • Beinn na h-Uamha was measured on 17 April 2016 and found to be 762.38m (+/-0.05m).
  • Corra-bheinn was measured on 19 April 2016 and found to be 704.94m (+/-0.05m).
  • Cruachan Dearg was measured on 19 April 2016 and found to be 704.08m (+/-0.05m).

Thus Beinn na h-Uamha remains a Corbett and Corra-bheinn can be considered a distinct Graham whilst Cruachan Dearg is no longer a (twinned) Graham. Poor Cruachan Dearg is now merely a hill of equal or more than 2000ft but less than 2500ft (~2310ft as it happens) with a prominence of less than 150m (~130m, if you're interested).

You can read more about these surveys in the official Beinn na h-Uamha, Corra-bheinn and Cruachan Dearg surveys report.


SMT Funded Heightings Project - 6 May 2016 (Corwharn and Ladylea Hill and Meikle Millyea Surveys)

G&J Surveys, with support from the SMC and funding from the Scottish Mountaineering Trust (SMT) have undertaken a programme to conduct surveys to accurately measure the heights of a number of Scottish hills with the aim of providing the OS with this information to include on their future mapping for the benefit of all. Below we present the outcomes of the first surveys of this project.

Official surveys of Corwharn and Ladylea Hill (both listed as Grahams) were carried out by G&J Surveys and the OS has accepted the data for inclusion on their future mapping.

  • Corwharn was measured on 18 March 2016 and found to be 609.05m (+/-0.05m).
  • Ladylea Hill was measured on 19 March 2016 and found to be 609.08m (+/-0.05m).

Both Corwharn and Ladylea Hill will be shown as 609m on OS maps. The hills are both less than 2000ft (609.6m) so can therefore no longer be considered Grahams.

An official survey of Meikle Millyea (listed as a Donald) was carried out by G&J Surveys on 23 October 2015. There had previously been some confusion as to the position of the summit of this hill, with the OS (in their modern mapping) marking a spot height for the North East top only. The survey team recorded measurements for:

  • The South West Top (an embedded rock at NX 51617 82556) was measured to be 748.64m (+/-0.05m)
  • The North East Top (an embedded rock at NX 51831 82871) was measured to be 746.73m (+/-0.05m)

The South West Top of Meikle Millyea will now be considered the summit of this Donald. The OS has accepted the data and will amend their future maps.

You can read more about both surveys in the official survey reports:


Creag na Caillich (Tarmachans) and Carn na Caim South Top Surveys - 29 & 30 July 2015

Official surveys of the above two hills were carried out by G&J Surveys and the OS has accepted the data for inclusion on their future mapping. Creag na Caillich was measured on 29 July 2015 and found to be 914.3m (to be shown as 914m on OS maps) and therefore less than 3000ft, so this hill can therefore no longer be considered a Munro Top.

Carn na Caim South Top was measured on 30 July 2015 and found to be 914.6m which is over 3000ft (OS maps currently show 914m and will be amended to show 915m). This hill is passed en-route to or from Carn na Caim and after consideration the SMC has decided that there is merit in it becoming a Munro Top. After consultation with various people including the landowner and tenant farmer the name Mullach Coire nan Cisteachan is being applied to this hill.

See full details of both these surveys…


Knight's Peak and Basteir Tooth Surveys - 23 Nov 2013

Following accurate measurement of the heights by G&J Surveys, and final corrections made by the Ordnance Survey, the summit of Knight's Peak is the north spike at grid reference NG 47185 25415. Its height is 914.24m (2999.3ft). The nearby south spike is 914.16m. Knight's Peak is therefore no longer a Munro Top. See full details of Knight's Peak Survey…

The summit of the Basteir Tooth is a solidly attached boulder at grid reference NG 46513 25268. The height of the Basteir Tooth is 917.16+/-0.06m. The Basteir Tooth is above 3000ft and so remains a Munro Top. See full details of Basteir Tooth Survey…


Twin Corbetts Separated - November 2012

The conjoined Corbetts, Buidhe Bheinn and Sgurr a' Bhac Chaolais, are both given 885m by the Ordnance Survey. With a drop of 120m between the summits, both could not be Corbetts but they had been listed as a single entry with twin status.

A surveying team of John Barnard, Graham Jackson and Myrddyn Phillips (G and J Surveys) asked the SMC Committee if they would support a survey to measure accurately which was higher. Support was given, with the only condition being that the Ordnance Survey had to accept the result. Andy Nisbet and Dave McGimpsey accompanied the team in mid-September.

Both summits were surveyed simultaneously, using two GPS receivers, in order to give the most accurate result. Three hours of measurement from the highest rock (ignoring the cairn) were submitted to the OS for final correction, with the result that Buidhe Bheinn is 885.50m and Sgurr a' Bhac Chaolais is 885.21m, plus or minus 0.05m.

Although Buidhe Bheinn is now the Corbett, the recommended walk is still to climb both, as it offers an unusual day of views into both Glen Shiel and Loch Hourn, and may persuade the enthusiast to ignore the 29cm.

The online Corbetts Table has been updated to reflect the results of the survey.


Demotion of Beinn a'Chlaidheimh (Fisherfield) - September 2012

And then there were 282… Following confirmation that the Ordnance Survey has adopted the height information from last year's independent survey of Beinn a'Chlaidheimh, The Scottish Mountaineering Club can confirm that, at 914m, the mountain falls short of the 914.4m height required to be considered a Munro. As a result it has had its relatively short lived Munro status rescinded. Up until 1974, following a new OS height for the mountain, Beinn a'Chlaidheimh had appeared on John Rooke Corbett's table of Scottish hills between 2500 feet and 3000 feet. The Scottish Mountaineering Club will therefore reinstate Beinn a'Chlaidheimh into Corbett's Tables; with the inclusion of this mountain and the other demoted Munro, Sgurr nan Ceannaichean, there are now 221 Corbetts.

The Munro's Table and Corbett's Table on the website have been updated and future publications of these Tables together with The Munros and The Corbetts books will also reflect this change.

We need hardly add that anyone who walks the mountains and hills of Scotland out of a love for their ambience will continue to appreciate this fine mountain regardless of the category the mountain finds its self placed.