Distinct Mountains of the Far North

These are distinct mountains that do not belong to a logical or easily definable “mountain range” in the far north of the Scottish mainland. Notably these include Ben Hope and Ben Loyal two of the iconic mountains of Sutherland. In addition Beinn Leoid and Meallan a’ Chuail are covered – they are remote peaks in the area between Loch Merkland and Glen Coul north west of Loch Shin. To the north of these, lone Ben Stack is also included.

Accommodation can be booked in the Durness, Tongue or Lairg areas, any of which are ideal locations for exploring these mountains and the wonderful wider area – you can see and read more about Northern Sutherland here.

Table of Distinct Mountains of the Far North

DoBIHIDMountainHeightClassificationPagePhoto  
1123Ben Hope927m/3041ftMunroMountain PageContext Image
1132Ben Loyal - An Caisteal764m/2507ftCorbettMountain PageContext Image
1189Beinn Leoid792m/2598ftCorbettMountain PageContext Image
1193Meallan a' Chuail750m/2461ftGrahamMountain PageContext Image
1194Ben Stack720m/2362ftGrahamMountain PageContext Image
Beinn Leoid and the wilderness at the head of Glen Coul from the east ridge of Glas Bheinn
Beinn Leoid and Meallan a’ Chuail
Beinn Leoid and Meallan a' Chuail are remote charismatic peaks in the area between Loch Merkland and Glen Coul north ...
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Ben Hope at Dawn from Beinn Direach, Northern Sutherland
Ben Hope – the most northerly Munro
Ben Hope is famed as the most northerly Munro and is an iconic mountain of Sutherland and the far north ...
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