The Trail 100 is a tick-list of – you guessed it – 100 UK mountains that you absolutely MUST climb!
Some of them are big, some of them are beautiful, most of them are both. But whether it’s sheer measurable altitude, breath-taking views, or some hard to define quality that you can’t quite put your finger on, each and every one of these peaks deserves your time and attention.
You can download a printable PDF ticklist below, or scroll further down the page to view the full list online.
THE TRAIL 100 LIST
Britain's greatest mountains!
West & South Scotland
Ben Nevis 1345m/4,411ft NN166712 Britain’s highest peak; a stunning, complex labyrinth of routes for all.
Bidean nam Bian 1150m/3,773ft NN143542 A fortress of a mountain, closeted and grand – the highest in Glen Coe.
Ben Alder 1148m/3,766ft NN496717 Fiercely remote and hard-won, but impressive and satisfying with it.
Ben Lui 1130m/3,707ft NN265263 Tall, elegant gatekeeper to the Highlands, defined by amazing NE corrie.
Ben Cruachan 1126m/3,694ft NN069303 A massive presence, once thought to be Scotland’s highest peak.
Sgurr a’ Mhaim 1099m/3,606ft NN164667 Snaggly satellite of the Mamores’ thrilling Ring of Steall horseshoe.
Schiehallion 1083m/3,553ft NN714547 Scientifically important for its symmetry; a wonderful mountain besides.
Buachaille Etive Mór 1021m/3,351ft NN222542 Sentinel of Glen Coe; star of a million postcards. Demanding as a climb.
The Saddle 1010m/3,314ft NG934129 Mighty and sharp, climbing this Glen Shiel hulk via Forcan Ridge is a must.
Ben Lomond 974m/3,195ft NN367028 Most southerly Munro, many people’s first. Scenically stupendous.
The Cobbler 884m/2,899ft NN259058 Collapsed, tortured jumble of a peak with a thrilling summit block.
Merrick 843m/2,766ft NX427856 The highest point in a fascinating zone of incredibly rough uplands.
Ben Macdui 1309m/4,295ft NN988989 Brooding and sprawling, Britain’s deputy is a wilderness of a mountain.
Cairn Toul 1291m/4,237ft NN962972 Bucks the trend of the Cairngorms with dramatic contours and peak.
Lochnagar 1155m/3,789ft NO243861 Scotland’s eastern giant; half sub-Arctic plateau, half vertical cliff.
Sgurr Fhuaran 1067m/3,502ft NG978166 Central of Kintail’s Five Sisters. West ridge a stunningly sustained ascent.
An Teallach 1060m/3,478ft NH063837 Brutally built and terrifyingly sheer; probably our scariest walker’s peak.
Liathach 1055m/3,463ft NG929579 Dominates Torridon like an open bear trap. An awesome expedition.
Sgurr na Ciche 1041m/3,415ft NM902966 Fantastically remote, rough, tough cone on the edge of Knoydart.
Ladhar Bheinn 1020m/3,346ft NG821041 Isolated and complex king of the Knoydart wilderness. One of the best.
Beinn Eighe 1010m/3,314ft NG951611 Immense... a circle of Munro summits enclosing an ancient corrie.
Beinn Alligin 986m/3,236ft NG865612 Charismatic, satisfying and home to Britain’s hardest-won views.
A’ Mhaighdean 967m/3,173ft NH008749 One of the UK’s remotest peaks, part of a fearsome northern wilderness.
Ben Hope 927m/3,041ft NC478501 Most northerly Munro, magical and isolated on the northern coast.
Foinaven 914m/2,998ft NC315507 Bulky, northern ridge walk with incredible views and precipitous screes.
Beinn Dearg Mòr 910m/2,985ft NH030798 Remote and dramatic neighbour to An Teallach. Compact but spectacular.
Garbh Bheinn 885m/2,903ft NM904621 Unexploited and breathlessly rugged... a gem of a rough diamond.
Quinag 808m/2,651ft NC209291 A flail of contours from above, underfoot a stunning set of walker’s ridges.
Suilven 731m/2,398ft NC153183 Fantastically weird, utterly unique and set in a special part of Scotland.
Stac Pollaidh 612m/2,008ft NC109105 Ragged little peak; great scrambling and views that belie its accessibility.
Sgurr Alasdair 992m/3,256ft NG450207 Highest on Skye; a scrambly ridge takes you into the heart of the Cuillin.
Sgurr Dearg 986m/3,235ft NG444215 The ’Inaccessible Pinnacle’. A V Diff climb, but a hell of an ambition.
Ben More 966m/3,169ft NM525330 High point of Mull, a Munro that is often left until last due to its location.
Sgurr nan Gillean 964m/3,164ft NG471252 Cuillin end-stop is horned and scary-looking; easiest way up is a scramble.
Blaven (Bla Bheinn) 928m/3,045ft NG530218 Skye’s most impressive single mountain, and a stunning objective.
Goatfell 874m/2,867ft NR990414 Sharp centrepiece to Arran’s under-rated and dramatic highlands.
Beinn Tarsuinn 826m/2,710ft NR959412 Arran’s most exciting hill; traversed with A’Chir, one of Scotland’s toughest.
Askival 812m/2,664ft NM393952 Most satisfying peak on the utterly extraordinary island of Rum.
Beinn an Oir 785m/2,576ft NR498749 One of Jura’s ’Paps’ – three unique mountains on this sequestered isle.
Slieve Donard 849m/2,786ft J358276 Highest point in Northern Ireland, and a fine figurehead for the Mournes.
Scafell Pike 978m/3,210ft NY215072 England’s highest point; complex, indefinable, essential and satisfying.
Scafell 964m/3,162ft NY205065 Brooding and grand, sees a fraction of the traffic of its inferior neighbour.
Helvellyn 950m/3,117ft NY341151 Striking 3,000ft plateau bitten by walkable arêtes of exceptional quality.
Skiddaw 931m/3,054ft NY260290 Massive and bare; dominates the northern Lakes. Strikingly good views.
Bowfell 902m/2,960ft NY244064 Muscular and feature-packed; ranks among England’s very best.
Great Gable 899m/2,949ft NY212103 A labyrinth of crags, gullies, and cliffs; drips with history and atmosphere.
Cross Fell 893m/2,930ft NY687342 Weather-battered Pennine giant; England’s highest outside Lakes.
Pillar 892m/2,927ft NY174122 Magnificently set, and packed with interest including historic Pillar Rock.
Fairfield 873m/2,863ft NY358117 Grand centrepiece of its namesake horseshoe. Perfect for first-timers.
Blencathra 868m/2,848ft NY323277 Imposing classic, home to superb spurs Sharp Edge and Hall’s Fell Ridge.
Grasmoor 852m/2,795ft NY174203 Bulky Buttermere giant; overlooked and secluded, its top is magisterial.
St Sunday Crag 841m/2,758ft NY369134 Engaging outlier of Fairfield, home to necky (and optional) Pinnacle Ridge.
High Street 826m/2,710ft NY440110 Plateau with a superb eastern ascent. Few Lakeland hills feel this huge.
The Cheviot 815m/2,674ft NT905205 Terminus of the Pennine Way is very wild; splendid for lovers of moors.
High Stile 806m/2,644ft NY167147 Shapely peak and a marvellous, chiselled traverse off the beaten track.
Coniston Old Man 803m/2,634ft SD272978 Southern fells classic; industry-scarred, but rugged and unbowed.
Grisedale Pike 791m/2,593ft NY198225 Sharp and far-flung, the best summit of the Coledale Round.
Glaramara 783m/2,568ft NY246104 Seemingly gentle hill with wonderful, scrambly ground on top.
Wetherlam 762m/2,502ft NY288011 Charismatic hill with great views and greenery to the north and east.
High Raise 762m/2,500ft NY280095 Geographically the centre of the Lakes; worth it just for the setting.
Ingleborough 724m/2,376ft SD741745 Icon of Yorkshire; full of caves, limestone pavement and proud summit.
Pike of Stickle 709m/2,324ft NY274073 Ancient and distinctive highlight of the Langdale Pikes. Utterly unique.
The Calf 676m/2,218ft SD667970 Focal point of underrated Howgill Fells. Northern end wonderfully remote.
High Pike 658m/2,157ft NY318350 Wild summit of Lakeland’s huge-feeling far north, the ‘Back o’ Skiddaw.’
Place Fell 657m/2,154ft NY405169 Often overlooked; rocky and magnificent viewpoint above Ullswater.
Yewbarrow 628m/2,058ft NY173085 Striking and challenging prow above Wast Water; distinctive and grand.
Black Combe 600m/1,970ft SD135854 Outlier of Lakeland; the perfect bridge between land and sea.
Haystacks 597m/1,958ft NY193131 Achingly pretty setting; Wainwright’s most beloved hill.
Clougha Pike 413m/1,355ft SD544595 Viewpoint into the wilds of the Forest of Bowland - climb this, then enter.
Helm Crag 405m/1,329ft NY327093 Dumpling of a hill with a ratty, terrifying summit block. A test of nerves.
Loughrigg Fell 335m/1,101ft NY347051 Quintessential Romantic Lakeland; Wordsworth’s grave is within sight.
Roseberry Topping 320m/1,049ft NZ579125 Tooth of a hill rising above North Yorkshire; grandest thing for miles.
Central and south England
Kinder Scout 636m/2,088ft SK085875 Scene of the famous Mass Trespass; in winter a bleak, white wildland.
Bleaklow 633m/2,077ft SK090957 Atmospheric Peak District highlight. Testing navigation. Air wrecks here.
Yes Tor 619m/2,031ft SX582900 Impressively high Dartmoor summit; nearby High Willhays the true top.
Worcestershire Beacon 425m/1,394ft SO768452 Set amid splendour, a magnificent viewpoint on the Malvern Hills.
Hound Tor 414m/1,358ft SX743787 Weird spot in Dartmoor’s legend-thick south. Atmosphere you can chew.
Snowdon 1085m/3,560ft SH610544 Stupendous; extreme and worthy despite compromised summit.
Carnedd Llewelyn 1064m/3,491ft SH683644 Bulky and knurled, a fitting contrast to Snowdon. Near polar in winter.
Carnedd Dafydd 1044m/3,425ft SH663631 Round and comely from the south; a massive cliff to the north.
Glyder Fach 994m/3,261ft SH656582 Lesser in height but grander in stature than Fawr. Bristly Ridge a hoot.
Elidir Fawr 924m/3,031ft SH612613 A bold, defiant mountain despite industrial flanks and interior.
Tryfan 917m/3,010ft SH664593 Striking, freestanding thorn of fun; perhaps Wales’s finest single peak.
Aran Fawddwy 905m/2,969ft SH862223 Overlooked – a secret mountain of great height and quality.
Y Lliwedd 898m/2,946ft SH622533 Intimidating mirror to Crib Goch; most dramatic way off Snowdon.
Cadair Idris 893m/2,930ft SH711130 Complex and striking, Snowdon’s southern miniature is thick with legend.
Moel Siabod 872m/2,861ft SH705546 Gateway to Snowdonia. Great fun and cracking views of Snowdon.
Cadair Berwyn 830m/2,729ft SJ072324 A remote moorland summit outside Snowdonia. Shapely ridges to north.
Moel Hebog 782m/2,566ft SH565469 Jumbled, volcanic hill that is terrifically sheer from the east.
Rhobell Fawr 734m/2,408ft SH786256 A place of silent solitude; one of Snowdonia’s most remote hills.
Rhinog Fawr 720m/2,362ft SH656289 Rugged, crumbling hill in the phenomenal Rhinogs range. Essential.
Mynydd Drws-y-coed 695m/2,281ft SH548518 Best bit of the Nantlle Ridge; thrillingly airy, with satisfying scrambling.
Cnicht 689m/2,260ft SH645466 Fantastically pointy objective above Croesor; hugely enjoyable.
Arenig Fach 689m/2,260ft SH820415 Dull from afar, this hill rewards the intrepid with perfect Llyn Arenig Fach.
Maesglase 674m/2,211ft SH822151 Green, delightfully different Middle Earth-ish peak with waterfall.
Moel Ysgyfarnogod 623m/2,044ft SH659346 Northern Rhinog, feels like a place from an ancient age. Stone circles add to this.
Central & south Wales
Pen y Fan 886m/2,907ft SO011215 Ever popular; a majestic, uniquely sculpted southern giant.
Fan Brycheiniog 802m/2,631ft SN825218 The Black Mountain. Stunning; a cliff to east, sculpted valleys to north.
Pumlumon 752m/2,467ft SN789869 Rugged, multi-topped and (currently) unspoiled mid-Wales oddball.
Sugar Loaf 596m/1,955ft SO273187 Charismatic nipple with terrific views; gatekeeper to south Wales.