10 Highest Mountains in Scotland

The 10 Highest Mountains in Scotland can be found in three distinct areas within the Highlands

Map of 10 Highest Mountains In Scotland


1) Ben Nevis, Lochaber  1,344m
Highest Mountain in Britain with walking route from Glen Nevis. The classic mountaineers route is along the Carn Mor Dearg arete with breathtaking  views of the 2,000 ft high north face

snowy picture of Ben Nevis highest mountain in the UK

2) Ben Macdui, Cairngorms 1,309m
Located in the wild and exposed Cairngorm plateau. Ben Macui can be climbed from the ski center or Linn of Dee near Braemar

Ben MacDui rising above Loch Etchachan. blue sky background

Ben MacDui Nick Bramhall

3) Braeriach, Cairngorms 1,296m
Wild location with dramatic corries. The most popular route starts from the Cairngorm ski road and goes through the Chalamain Gap in the famous Lairig Ghru pass

Braeriach mountain in cairngorms

Angus / Braeriach and An Garbh Choire

4) Cairn Toul, Cairngorms 1,291m
Towering over the Lairig Ghru, can be combined with Braeriach to make a memorable traverse

Carn Toul mountain in cairngorms

Photo © Donald Thomas (cc-by-sa/2.0)

5) Sgor an Lochain Uaine, Cairngorms 1,258m
A remote mountain also known as Angel Peak, often climbed with Cairn Toul

Sgor an Lochain Uaine mountain

Sgor an Lochain Uaine

6) Cairn Gorm 1,244m
The northern slopes of Cairn Gorm have been developed for skiing, the high level car park provides easy access to the mountain and the easiest route to the summit

Cairn Gorm and Strath Nethy in cairngorms

Cairn Gorm and Strath Nethy Nick Bramhall

7) Aonach Beag 1,234m
Overlooking Ben Nevis, often climbed with it’s sibling Aonach Mor from the ski center

Aonach Beag in winter with snow and clear blue sky

Jim Barton / Aonach Beag and Beinn Eibhinn

8) Aonach Mor 1,221m
Opposite Ben Nevis, developed as a ski centre with Gondala access to the upper slopes, giving a short route to the summit

Aonach mor ridge and summit

9) Carn Mor Dearg 1,220m
A terrific ridge scramble, standing in the Shadow of Ben Nevis with superb arete linking the two summits

carn mor deag arete with clear sky

10) Ben Lawers 1,214m
Overlooking Loch Tay with Nature reserve on the lower slopes. UK Hillwalking Route guide

Summit of Ben Lawers on clear day


I have climbed the 10 Highest Mountains in Scotland over a number of years.

There are also Maverick guides to the 10 Highest Mountains in England, 10 Highest Mountains in Wales and Top 10 Iconic British Mountains

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