Mountain environments cover some 27% of the world’s land surface, and directly support the 22% of the world’s people who live within mountain regions. The mountains, which appear to us so gigantic, are really, compared to the size of the earth, only small irregularities on the earth’s surface. All mountains and hills are formed of hard rock, otherwise they would long ago have been leveled to flat plains. Mountains occur on all continents, in all latitude zones, and within all the world’s principal biome types – from hyper-arid hot desert and tropical forest to arid polar icecaps – and support a wide variety of ecosystems.
In this article, we want to provide you with the list of the top 10 mountains in the UK.
1. An Teallach, Dundonnell ★★★★★
Imposing sandstone mountain in a wild landscape, a traverse of the ridge is one of the best scrambles in Britain.
2. Blencathra, Lake District ★★★★
Alfred Wainwright described Blencathra as “one of the grandest objects in Lakeland”. Dominating the landscape above Keswick with six tops spanning 3 miles.
3. Buachallie Etive Mor, Highlands ★★★★★
One of the most photographed mountains in Scotland, located at the head of Glencoe. The classic curved ridge winds its way up the seemingly impregnable north face.
4. Cadair Idris, Snowdonia ★★★★
A gem of a mountain in southern Snowdonia with an excellent horseshoe walk around Llyn Cau. The summit has terrific views to the coast and it’s possible to see both Snowdon and Pen Y fan on a clear day.
5. Great Gable, Lake District ★★★★
Pryamid shaped mountain steeped in history with excellent panoramic views due to central location. Climb from Wasdale to avoid crowds and enjoy the hospitality at the Wasdale head Inn.
6. Tryfan, Snowdonia ★★★★★
The north ridge of Tryfan dominates the Ogwen valley and provides some of the best scrambling in the UK.
7. Sgurr Nan Gillian, Isle of Skye ★★★★★
Striking mountain with distinctive triangular profile when viewed from Sligachen. This is a climbers mountain with is no easy route to the summit.
8. Sgurr Dearg and the Inaccessible Pinnacle, Isle of Skye ★★★★★
The only Munro you need a rope to climb to the top. The pinnacle is a flake of rock that rises over Sgurr Dearg, it’s a moderate rock climb followed by an abseil.
9. Slioch, Wester Ross ★★★★★
One of the classic Scottish mountain scenes when viewed across Loch Maree. The ascent of Slioch is a long adventure giving ample time to soak up views over the Fisherfield wilderness.
10. Suilven, Sutherland ★★★★★
Distinctive mountain in a vast wilderness. A boggy walk is required to reach the mountain so many people choose to approach by canoe.