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EXPLORE THE UK’S MOST EPIC MOUNTAINS

In a world of natural adventure, majestic mountain peaks have always been some of the most awe-inspiring places to admire, explore and conquer. Whether you’re testing yourself on the steepest of slopes or taking a leisurely trek up gorgeous gradual inclines, the UK is home to some truly epic upland terrain.

Here, we guide you through our definitive list of mountains to suit all adventurers, including the most accessible to climb and the most challenging to climb based on height and average time to the top, the most popular on Tripadvisor, and even the most Instagrammable.

TOP 10 MOST CHALLENGING UK MOUNTAINS

For many, the satisfaction of scaling the most challenging mountains is second to none. And it’s little wonder that Scotland is home to some of the highest peaks with the longest ascent time in the UK. Located about 3km east of Ben Nevis on the north side of Glen Nevis, Anoach Beag takes our top spot. With an average of six hours to reach the highest point and boasting one of the remotest mountain tops in Scotland, it’s nothing short of a breathtaking and challenging all-day adventure.

As with any exploration in the great outdoors, we recommend checking the weather for optimal conditions, creating and sharing your itinerary with a friend or relative and saving your mobile phone emergency numbers before you head off. More safety tips can be found at the bottom of the page.
Rank Mountain Name Location Height in Metres Average Time (Hrs) to the Top
1 Aonach Beag Scotland 1234 6
2 Snowdon Wales 1085 6
3 Braeriach Scotland 1296 5
4 Cairn Toul Scotland 1291 5
5 Sgor an Lochain Uaine Scotland 1258 5
6 Ben Nevis Scotland 1344 4
7 Càrn Mòr Dearg Scotland 1223 4.5
8 Ben Macdui Scotland 1309 3.5
9 Aonach Mòr Scotland 1221 3.5
10 Cairn Gorm Scotland 1245 3

TOP 10 MOST ACCESSIBLE UK MOUNTAINS

With more favourable gradients and fewer hours before your reward of spectacular views, our top 10 most accessible mountains are perfect for families looking for an unforgettable outing on high ground. Sawel Mountain is one of eight peaks from Northern Ireland that make up our top ten. The highest peak in the Sperrin Mountains, it offers lush green panoramas overflowing with wild flowers and a climbing time of just one hour.
Rank Mountain Name Location Height in Metres Average Time (Hrs) to the Top
1 Sawel Mountain Northern Ireland 678 1
2 Slieve Bearnagh North Tor Northern Ireland 680 1.5
3 Slieve Muck Northern Ireland 674 2
4 Slieve Meelmore Northern Ireland 682 2
5 Slieve Lamagan Northern Ireland 704 2
6 Slieve Meelbeg Northern Ireland 704 2
7 Slieve Bearnagh Northern Ireland 727 2
8 Slieve Commedagh Northern Ireland 767 2
9 Glyder Fach Wales 994 1.5
10 Glyder Fawr Wales 1001 1.5

TOP 10 MOST POPULAR UK MOUNTAINS ON TRIPADVISOR

Reflecting the UK’s reputation as a hotspot for outdoor adventure and escapism, Tripadvisor features thousands of reviews for our most famous and not-so-famous mountainous walks. As the highest mountain in Wales and England, Snowdon tops the Tripadvisor charts, with 2665 reviews and an average score of five stars. Featuring stunning 360-degree views of deep green valleys and shimmering lakes, the option of a railway trip to the top, and a sheltered viewing station, it’s an experience well worthy of the online fanfare.
Rank Mountain Name Location Total # Tripadvisor Reviews Average Tripadvisor Stars Score
1 Snowdon Wales 2665 5
2 Ben Macdui Scotland 2542 4.5
3 Cairn Gorm Scotland 2538 4.5
4 Ben Nevis Scotland 2498 4.5
5 Scafell Pike England 546 4.5
6 Slieve Donard Beg Mor Northern Ireland 296 4.5
7 Helvellyn England 295 5
8 Skiddaw England 184 4.5
9 Slieve Meelbeg Northern Ireland 123 5
10 Sgor an Lochain Uaine Scotland 110 5

TOP 10 MOST INSTAGRAMMABLE UK MOUNTAINS

Cameras at the ready. Whether you’re capturing the biggest of blue skies, dreamy clouds covering rolling valleys, or the intensity of the rain and wind swirling overhead, there is always time for an Instagram moment on a majestic mountainside. Based on its number of hashtags, the popularity of Snowdon’s green and pleasant lands shine through for selfie-snappers across the UK. Cairn Gorm in Scotland takes second place, with its summit amongst the highest land mass in Britain surrounded by stunning lochs and deep valleys.
Rank Mountain Name Location Total No. of # Instagram
1 Snowdon Wales 422998
2 Cairn Gorm Scotland 242505
3 Ben Nevis Scotland 209731
4 Scafell Pike England 80935
5 Skiddaw England 36126
6 Slieve Donard Beg Mor Northern Ireland 32621
7 Great Gable England 16727
8 Ben Lawers Scotland 13449
9 Glyder Fach Wales 9780
10 Y Garn Wales 9439

PUTTING YOUR SAFETY FIRST

Regardless of your experience on high ground, we always recommend running through a checklist of essential safety information and equipment before every trek:

• Pack a first aid kit
• Plan your navigation: map, compass, and GPS
• Prepare for all weathers: insulation jacket/raincoat, gloves, hat, hiking boots/socks.
• Pack illumination: torch, lantern, or headlamp
• Bring water and snacks
• Bring your phone in case of an emergency: save local search and rescue phone numbers to your phone
• Identify emergency shelters and mountain rescue information, including: 999 – UK national emergency number, Scottish Mountain Rescue, Mountain Rescue England and Wales and Northern Ireland Rescue

Methodology:
We’ve collated a list of the tallest mountains in the UK. Then we combined different metrics such as the height in metres and average time to climb to the top of these mountains, to rank the top 10 most challenging and least challenging mountains in the UK. Then, we looked at the number of Tripadvisor reviews and the average score (4.5 -5 stars) to define the most popular mountains in Tripadvisor. And finally, we looked at the number of hashtags for each mountain on Instagram to determine which mountains are the most Instagrammable.

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