Definition of Munro in English:



  • Any of the 277 mountains in Scotland that are at least 3,000 feet high (approximately 914 metres).

    • ‘I'm convinced the reason people regard certain hills as uninteresting is because they climb them by uninteresting routes, usually a line of least resistance linking a couple of other Munros.’
    • ‘Greg, a traffic warden, has climbed at least 130 of the Munros - the name given to mountains over 3,000 ft in Scotland.’
    • ‘Walks up Munros, such as Schiehallion, Buachaille Etive Beag or Ben Lomond, fall into this category.’
    • ‘The jagged Cuillin ridge, featuring 12 of Scotland's 284 Munros forms a glorious backdrop.’
    • ‘We dutifully climbed to the summit then retraced our steps back down the ridge to the bealach that separated the two Munros.’
    • ‘The first time I climbed these Munros everything was covered in snow and the steep, craggy face of Sron na Garbh-bheinne looked fairly intimidating.’
    • ‘Away from work, I've been keen on hill walking for the last 10 years and my dream is to conquer all of Scotland's Munros, and maybe also all of the Corbetts.’
    • ‘These mountains are known as Munros, after the man who published a list of them in 1891.’
    • ‘There is often a perceived notion among hill-bashers that Corbetts, because they are lower in height than Munros, must be easier to climb.’
    • ‘Educated at both Cambridge and Harvard, Smith is an obsessive hill walker, having scaled all of Scotland's Munros.’
    • ‘For the romantic these are the hills of home, scattered with Munros and sufficiently unpeopled to turn a day's ridge-walk into an adventure, an open-air playground with soaring eagles and far-off deer for company.’
    • ‘These are steep-sided hills and thoughts of combining the Munros with the Corbetts or even climbing both Corbetts in one single day are tempered by the realisation that big ascents and descents are involved.’
    • ‘The idea was to try to encourage enough hillwalkers to stand atop all of Scotland's Munros, the mountains over 3000 feet in height, at 12 noon on the first Sunday in May.’
    • ‘Many walkers come to Coire Lair and climb the two Munros leaving the best hill in the area for another time, probably post-Munro completion.’
    • ‘I keep my mind occupied by adding up the totals: seven climbing days, almost 30,000 vertical feet, 11 Munros, and two completely dead big toenails.’
    • ‘He climbed all the Munros within reach of Tayside and took annual trips to the Dolomites in Italy where expeditions with his sons included hair-raising scrambles along sheer cliff faces and up metal ladders.’
    • ‘Munro himself never quite got there, dying in 1919 with two Munros unclimbed.’
    • ‘As is often the case, the second experience was more memorable than the first, which is a good reason for climbing all the Munros twice-over.’
    • ‘The rather grand ridge formed by the four Munros of Carn Dearg, Geal Charn, Aonach Beag and Beinn Eibhinn is as remote as any in the central highlands and requires a big walk-in.’
    • ‘Something like 2,000 hill-walkers have now climbed all the Munros so a large percentage of those have doubtlessly turned their attention to the Corbetts.’
    mountain, hill, height, alp, aiguille, serac, puy, crag, tor, inselberg
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Early 20th century: named after Sir Hugh Thomas Munro (1856–1919), who published a list of all such mountains in the Journal of the Scottish Mountaineering Club for 1891.