The UK’s Highest Mountains to Climb

Continue reading to learn more about the UK’s highest mountains, their classifications, and terminology.

First, what is a mountain? According to the Simms classification, a mountain is a natural elevation that rises to a peak, reaching an altitude of more than 1,969 feet (600m), with a prominence at least 98 feet (30m) above all other landscapes.

Scotland is the UK’s most mountainous country with the highest number of peaks in Scotland’s Highlands. This area lies north and west from the Highland Boundary Fault. The Lake District is the area in the northwest that has the highest peak in England, and Snowdonia National Park in Wales has the highest.

Taken as two countries, these are the highest mountains in Britain:

  • Ben Nevis, at 4,411ft (1345m), is the highest mountain in Scotland and in mainland UK.
  • Snowdon, at 3360 feet (1085m), is the highest mountain in Wales. It can be found in Gwynedd in the northwest.
  • Scafell Pike is England’s highest mountain at 3,209ft (978m). It is located in Cumbria’s Lake District National Park, in northwest England.
  • Slieve Donard, at 2,789ft (850m), is Northern Ireland’s highest mountain. It is located in the Mourne Mountains about 33 miles south from Belfast and it is the 7th highest mountain overall in Ireland.

Mount Hope, British Antarctic Territory, is Britain’s highest mountain, at 10,626ft (33239m) Mount Hope officially became Britain’s highest peak in 2017 after its true elevation was determined using GPS. But, it is still not as high as Mount Everest (8848m) in the Himalayas and Mont Blanc (French-Italian Alps), both at 15,781 feet (4810m).

Highest Mountains in the UK Map

This map shows the UK’s highest mountains above 600m. Click on the icons for the names and the heights in meters and feet.


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