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POSTED BY September 13, 2021

From the highest mountain in the UK to bizarre rock formations on the Isle of Skye, there are countless beautiful mountains in Scotland with miles of hiking trails to explore. A number of Scottish long-distance hiking routes also pass close to some of these mountains. So here are our top 10 beautiful mountains in Scotland.

1. Buachaille Etive Mor

The dramatic volcanic valley of Glen Coe is one of the highlights of the Scottish Highlands and the world famous West Highland Way. This photogenic part of Scotland is characterized by the “Three Sisters”, a striking three-peaked ridge, and Buachaille Etive Mor, an iconic pyramid-shaped mountain. As one of the most recognizable mountains in Scotland, this natural phenomenon appears on numerous postcards.

Glencoe from the Devil's Staircase
Glencoe from the Devil’s Staircase, West Highland Way

2. Morve

Anyone traveling to the absolute north of Scotland will come close to Morven. The volcanic appearance of this mountain, with its steep walls and somewhat flat peak, makes it one of those incredibly beautiful mountains for which Scotland is so famous. The top of Morven offers a nice view over the Moray Firth, the estuary that cuts through the north of Scotland and marks the end of the Coast to Coast Great Glen Way.

3. Ben Nevis

Those who like a challenge will not shy away from the highest mountain in Scotland! With a peak of 1,344 meters, Ben Nevis is not only the highest mountain in Scotland, but also the highest point in the British Isles. This mighty rock towers over Fort William and is regularly shrouded in clouds. Reaching the top is quite a challenge, but there are many options to climb it and plenty of local guides are available.

Ben Nevis on the West Highland Way

4. Ben Venue

Not just the highest mountains are worth visiting – sometimes small mountains can have just as much charm as their big siblings. The top of Ben Venue is about 725 meters high and can be easily reached via the gradually ascending slopes. The mountain is one of the highest points in the Trossachs, a national park through which many hiking trails pass such as the Rob Roy Way.

5. Stac Pollaidh

Few mountain ranges are as iconic as Stac Pollaidh, a dramatic rocky ledge that is affectionately known as ‘Stac Polly’. Despite the imposing appearance of the mountain, Stac Pollaidh is quite easy to climb. The summit, made up of impressive sandstone pillars, can be covered in less than three hours.

6. The Storr

The Isle of Skye is arguably one of Scotland’s most photographed regions, mainly for its breathtakingly beautiful mountains, valleys and coastal areas. And of all those mountains that can be found on Skye, there is one that immediately stands out: the Storr. This magical looking rock, with bizarre natural pillars, is the result of a major landslide. Either way, make sure to bring a camera when you climb here!

Old Man of Storr, Skye. Photo Credit: Jon Mountjoy / CC BY 2.0

7. Ben Vrackie

Located in the heart of the Scottish Highlands, this mountain may not look that special at first glance – especially when compared to Scotland’s many iconic beautiful mountains. The best thing about Ben Vrackie is not the view of the mountain, but the panorama that can be seen from the viewpoint on the mountain. Highly recommended for those looking for a day of adventure near Pitlochry which is also the end point of the Rob Roy Way hiking trail.

8. The Cobbler

Also known as ‘Ben Arthur’, this recognizable mountain is one of the most popular peaks in the Southern Highlands. The mountain range has three peaks, the middle one being the highest. At the top is a curious rock formation that forms the highest point of the mountain. Those who are not afraid of heights can climb on it and enjoy an unforgettable view!

top 10 beautiful mountains in Scotland Ben Vrackie Scotland mountains
Ben Vrackie (left) offers an incredibly beautiful view of the area. Photo: Neil Williamson / CC BY-SA 2.0

9. Suilven

In the northwest of Scotland lies this iconic mountain, which seems to protrude almost vertically from the ground like a dorsal fin. The steep ridge is about two kilometers long and the highest point is around 731 meters. Those who want to enjoy Suilven don’t have to climb – this fascinating mountain looks impressive enough from the ground!

10. Ben Lomond

This Scottish giant lies on the eastern bank of Loch Lomond. Of all the mountains in Scotland, Ben Lomond has perhaps the most options for visitors. It is set in a conservation area, surrounded by an area ideal for outdoor activities (from fishing to golf and from kayaking to camping) and has a fascinating history. In short: an unmissable sight along the long distance hikes through the Scottish Highlands such as the West Highland Way!

Looking south from Ben Lomond
Looking south from Ben Lomond

We hope that you enjoyed this guide to the Top 10: Beautiful mountains in Scotland. If you’re interested in hiking one of the best long-distance trails in Scotland, just get in touch.