List of mountains of the British Isles by relative height

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This is a list of peaks in the British Isles, with a relative height of 600 m or more, in descending order of relative height.

There are 120 in total: 82 in Scotland, 24 in Ireland, eight in Wales, four in England and one each in Northern Ireland and the Isle of Man. Of these, the top 110 are above 2000 feet (610 m).

For a longer list, see the lists of Marilyns which include all 2008 hills and mountains in the British Isles with a relative height of at least 150 m.

The relative height is the minimum height of climb to the summit on any route from a higher peak, or from sea level if there is no higher peak on the same landmass. The higher peak is known as a 'parent'. In this table, the prominence parent is used, as opposed to any other definition of 'parent'. The prominence parent of peak A can be found by dividing the island or region in question into territories, by tracing the runoff from the key col of every peak that is more prominent than peak A. The parent is the peak whose territory peak A resides in.

Most of these peaks make it into this list by virtue of the fact that they are the highest point in their local areas. To help readers identify the locations of the peaks, the topographic area of which these peaks are the highest point is listed in the 'Highest point of...' column.

Breakdown by region and height[edit]

Country Total 4000 ft+ (1219.2 m) 3500–4000 ft (1066.8-1219.2 m) 3000–3500 ft (914.4-1066.8 m) 2500–3000 ft (762.0-914.4 m) 2000–2500 ft (609.6-762.0 m)
Scotland 82 2 21 31 21 7
Ireland 24 0 0 4 8 12
Wales 8 0 1 2 5 0
England 4 0 0 3 1 0
Northern Ireland 1 0 0 0 1 0
Isle of Man 1 0 0 0 0 1
Total 120 2 22 40 36 20

List[edit]

  Peak Absolute
height (m)
Relative
height (m)
Parent Country Highest point of...
1 Ben Nevis 1344 1344 none — HP Great Britain  Scotland British Isles
2 Càrn Eige 1183 1147 Ben Nevis  Scotland Northwest Highlands
3= Snowdon 1085 1038 Ben Nevis  Wales Wales
3= Carrauntoohil 1038 1038 none — HP Ireland  Ireland Ireland
5 Sgùrr Alasdair 992 992 none — HP Skye  Scotland Hebrides
6 Ben More (Crianlarich) 1174 986 Ben Nevis  Scotland Loch Lomond & Trossachs
7 Ben More (Mull) 966 966 none — HP Mull  Scotland Mull
8 Liathach 1055 957 Càrn Eige  Scotland Torridon
9 Ben Macdhui 1309 950 Ben Nevis  Scotland Cairngorms
10 Mount Brandon 952 930 Carrauntoohil  Ireland Dingle Peninsula
11= Ben Lawers 1214 915 Ben Nevis  Scotland Southern Highlands
11= Sgùrr Mòr 1110 915 Càrn Eige  Scotland Fannaichs
13 Scafell Pike 978 912 Snowdon  England England
14 Ben Cruachan 1126 879 Ben Lawers  Scotland Argyll and Bute
15 Ben Lui 1130 875 Ben Lawers  Scotland
16 Goat Fell 874 874 none — HP Arran  Scotland Arran
17 Sgùrr Dhòmhnuill 888 873 Càrn Eige  Scotland Moidart
18 Creag Meagaidh 1128 867 Ben Nevis  Scotland Monadh Liath
19 Blà Bheinn 928 861 Sgùrr Alasdair  Scotland East Skye
20 Beinn Bhàn 896 851 Sgùrr Mòr  Scotland Applecross
21 Lugnaquilla 924 849 Carrauntoohil  Ireland Wicklow Mountains/Leinster
22 Bidean nam Bian 1150 845 Ben Nevis  Scotland Argyll
23 Gaor Bheinn 987 842 Càrn Eige  Scotland
24= Sgùrr na Lapaich 1150 839 Càrn Eige  Scotland
24= Sgùrr na Cìche 1040 839 Càrn Eige  Scotland Knoydart
26 Ben More Assynt 998 835 Sgùrr Mòr  Scotland
27 Ben Vorlich 985 831 Ben More  Scotland
28= Galtymore 917 825 Carrauntoohil  Ireland
28= Slieve Donard 850 825 Carrauntoohil  Northern Ireland Ulster
30 Ben Lomond 974 820 Ben More  Scotland
31= Sgùrr a' Choire Ghlais 1083 818 Sgùrr na Lapaich  Scotland
31= Ben Klibreck 962 818 Ben More Assynt  Scotland
33 Askival 812 812 none — HP Rùm  Scotland
34 Beinn Dearg 1084 810 Sgùrr Mòr  Scotland
35 Clisham 799 799 none — HP Lewis and Harris  Scotland Western Isles
36= Meall a' Bhuiridh 1108 795 Ben Lawers  Scotland Blackmount
36= Ladhar Bheinn 1020 795 Càrn Eige  Scotland Western Knoydart
38 A' Chràlaig 1120 786 Càrn Eige  Scotland
39 Beinn an Òir 785 785 none — HP Jura  Scotland Jura
40 Ben Alder 1148 783 Ben Nevis  Scotland
41 Mweelrea 814 778 Galtymore  Ireland Connaught
42 Rois-bheinn or
 Beinn Odhar Bheag 1
882 774 Gaor Bheinn  Scotland North Moidart
43 Ben Hope 927 772 Ben Klibreck  Scotland
44 Nephin 806 768 Mweelrea  Ireland
45 Gleouraich 1035 765 A' Chralaig  Scotland South Glen Shiel Ridge
46 Binnein Mòr 1130 759 Ben Nevis  Scotland Mamores
47 An Teallach 1062 756 Sgùrr Mòr  Scotland
48 Creach Bheinn 853 755 Sgùrr Dhòmhnuill  Scotland
49 Carnedd Llewelyn 1064 750 Snowdon  Wales Carneddau
50 Beinn a' Bheithir 1024 729 Bidean nam Bian  Scotland
51 Sgorr Ruadh 962 727 Sgùrr Mòr  Scotland
52 Mount Leinster 795 725 Lugnaquilla  Ireland
53 Schiehallion 1083 716 Ben Lawers  Scotland
54 Sgùrr na Coinnich 739 714 Blà Bheinn  Scotland
55= Beinn Ìme 1011 712 Ben Lui  Scotland
55= Helvellyn 950 712 Scafell Pike  England Eastern Lake District
57 Skiddaw 931 709 Helvellyn  England Northern Lake District
58= Sgùrr a' Mhaoraich 1027 706 Gleouraich  Scotland
58= Barrclashcame 772 706 Mweelrea  Ireland
60 Merrick 843 705 Helvellyn  Scotland Southern Uplands
61= Beinn Mhòr (Cowal) 741 696 Beinn Ime  Scotland
61= Beinn na Caillich 732 696 Sgùrr na Coinnich  Scotland
63 Doune Hill 734 695 Beinn Ime  Scotland
64= Ben Wyvis 1046 691 Beinn Dearg  Scotland
64= Canisp 847 691 Ben More Assynt  Scotland
66 Foinaven 914 690 Ben Klibreck  Scotland
67= Errigal Mountain 749 688 Galtymore  Ireland County Donegal
67= Croaghaun 688 688 none — HP Achill  Ireland Achill
69 Garbh Bheinn 885 687 Sgùrr Dhòmhnuill  Scotland
70 Benbaun 729 686 Barrclashcame  Ireland
71 Knockmealdown 794 676 Galtymore  Ireland
73 The Storr 719 671 Sgurr Alasdair  Scotland North Skye
74= Aran Fawddwy 905 670 Snowdon  Wales South Snowdonia
74= Lochnagar 1155 670 Ben Macdhui  Scotland
75 Pen y Fan 886 668 Snowdon  Wales Brecon Beacons
76 Beinn a' Ghlò 1129 665 Lochnagar  Scotland
77 Sgùrr Fhuaran 1067 663 A' Chralaig  Scotland Five Sisters
78 Beinn Sgulaird 937 662 Bidean nam Bian  Scotland
79 Dùn da Ghaoithe 766 659 Ben More  Scotland
80 Fionn Bheinn 933 658 Sgùrr Mòr  Scotland
81 Ben More Coigach 743 657 Beinn Dearg  Scotland
82 Broad Law 840 653 Merrick  Scotland
83= Cross Fell 893 651 Helvellyn  England Pennines/Northern England
83= Cùl Mòr 849 651 Beinn Dearg  Scotland
85 Beinn a' Chreachain 1081 650 Schiehallion  Scotland
86 Chno Dearg 1046 649 Ben Alder  Scotland
87 Slieve Cor 721 648 Nephin  Ireland
88 Beinn Fhada 1032 647 Càrn Eige  Scotland
89 Ben Chonzie 931 645 Ben More  Scotland
90 Glyder Fawr 1001 642 Snowdon  Wales Glyders
91 Baurtregaum 851 642 Mount Brandon  Ireland
92= Beinn an Lochain 901 640 Beinn Ime  Scotland
92= Croagh Patrick 764 640 Barrclashcame  Ireland
94 Slievenamon 721 638 Galtymore  Ireland
95= Beinn Eighe 1010 632 Liathach  Scotland
95= Ben Vorlich 943 632 Beinn Ime  Scotland
97 Barrslieveanroy 702 629 Croagh Patrick  Ireland
98 Slioch 981 626 Sgùrr Mòr  Scotland
99 Over Fauscoum 792 625 Knockmealdown  Ireland
100 Sgùrr nan Eugallt 898 623 Ladhar Bheinn  Scotland
101= Aonach Eagach 967 622 Ben Alder  Scotland
101= Sron a' Choire Ghairbh 937 622 Sgùrr na Cìche  Scotland
101= Waun Fach 811 622 Pen y Fan  Wales Black Mountains
104 Snaefell 621 621 none — HP Isle of Man  Isle of Man Isle of Man
105 Beinn Mhòr 620 620 none — HP South Uist  Scotland Uists
106= Sgùrr Thuilm 963 614 Gaor Bheinn  Scotland
106= Sgùrr Ghiubhsachain 849 614 Sgùrr Dhòmhnuill  Scotland
108 Càrn Mòr 829 613 Sgùrr na Cìche  Scotland
109 Ben Gorm 700 612 Barrclashcame  Ireland
110 Stob Coire Easain 1115 611 Ben Nevis  Scotland
111 Ben Loyal 2 764 609 Ben Hope  Scotland
112= Cadair Idris 893 608 Aran Fawddwy  Wales
112= Maumtrasna 682 608 Barrslieveanroy  Ireland
114= Ben Hee 873 607 Foinaven  Scotland
114= Slievekimalta 694 607 Galtymore  Ireland
116 Cuilcagh 665 603 Slievekimalta  Ireland
117 Beinn Alligin 986 601 Beinn Eighe  Scotland
118= Knockboy 706 600 Galtymore  Ireland
118= Slieve Snaght 615 600 Errigal Mountain  Ireland
118= Moel Siabod 872 600 Snowdon  Wales

Near misses[edit]

  Peak Absolute
height (m)
Relative
height (m)
Parent Country
121= Mullach Coire Mhic Fhearchair 1019 595 Sgùrr Mòr  Scotland
121= Ben Cleuch 721 595 Ben Vorlich  Scotland
123 Moruisg 928 594 Sgùrr a' Choire Ghlais  Scotland
124 Beinn Bhuidhe 948 592 Ben Lui  Scotland
125 Carn Dearg 945 590 Creag Meagaidh  Scotland
126 Tigra Mor 679 588 Clisham  Scotland
127 Moel Hebog 783 585 Snowdon  Wales
128 Cairnsmore of Carsphairn 797 582 Merrick  Scotland
129 Beinn Heasgarnich 1078 579 Ben Lawers  Scotland
130 Sgùrr a' Mhuilinn 879 576 Moruisg  Scotland
131 Stob Coire a' Chearcaill 771 575 Sgùrr Ghiubhsachain  Scotland

Notes[edit]

^1 Rois-Bheinn and Beinn Odhar Bheag both have a height of 882 m and are separated by a 524 m drop. They are collectively separated from Gaor Bheinn (their parent) by a 774 m drop making one of them eligible for inclusion in this list. However, without more accurate heights, it is impossible to say which should be included making them an example of a twin peak.

^2 Ben Loyal was at one time shown as having a height of 765m and drop of 610m. The current OS 1:25000 map gives 765m in brackets, presumably an air height. The height of the flush bracket on the trig is 764.1m so even 764m is a rounded-up height. The col is a 155m air height. From site visits there appears to be no evidence for any ground 1m higher than the trig.

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. Dawson, Alan (1992). The Relative Hills of Britain. Milnthorpe, Cumbria: Cicerone Press. ISBN 1-85284-068-4. 
  2. Clements, E.D. 'Clem' (1998). The Hewitts and Marilyns of Ireland. Cambuskenneth, Stirling: TACit Press. ISBN 0-9522680-8-6. 
  3. Maizlish, Aaron; Dawson, Alan; Woodall, Rob; Trengove, Mark. "Great Britain P600m summits". Retrieved 2006-08-10. 

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