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Completing the TACit Tables listing of British Isles summits above 610m (2000ft) and with at least 30m drop on all sides, this eagerly awaited booklet features the 999 summits in the 761m (2499ft) to 610m Graham Top category. The list is subdivided into 224 Grahams such as Ben Stack, 206 Graham Tops of Grahams (eg the trig point on top of Ben Venue), 375 Graham Tops of Corbetts (eg Mainnir nam Fiadh on Mull), 193 Graham Tops of Munros (eg Gearr Aonach in Glen Coe) and just the one - Windy Gyle - Graham Top of a Hewitt. The summits range from the fairly familiar - A'Chir, Hallival, Parlan Hill, Beinn Edra - to the utterly unfrequented. So if you fancy a stroll over Carabad or Crungie Clach, Bodnasparet or Big Garvoun, Manywee or Gob a'Chairn, then this is the booklet for you. And if you've ever woken up worrying about the whereabouts of The Ca or Sgurr a'Gharg Gharaidh Far North Top, then turn to this list and fret no more.
Complementing the main hill data compiled by Alan Dawson, Clem Clements and James Gordon are details of near-miss summits that don't quite make it (but which might come the next remapping), a list of known Grahamists, and some historical background.
First published February 2004 by TACit Press
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ISBN 0 9534376 2 0
Table information copyright © Alan Dawson 2004
Docharty/Graham research pp38-40 copyright © Dave Hewitt 2004
Illustrations copyright © Chris Tyler 2004
All rights reserved. No part of this publication may be republished or redistributed in any other format without permission.
Cover illustration: Beinn Bheag, a 737m GTM in Section 6B.
Back cover illustration: Slioch and Meall Daimh, a GTM in Section 14A.
Proof-reading: Tessa Carroll
Series Editor: Dave Hewitt
Printed by: Clydeside Press, 37 High Street, Glasgow Cross, Glasgow G1 ILX
Particular thanks are due to David Purchase for numerous helpful comments on a draft version of this booklet. Thanks are also due to Hugh Barron of the British Geological Survey for consulting OS 1:10000 digital data, and to Jean Dalton at the Ordnance Survey for taking the trouble to try to find answers to some awkward questions.
The series editor would like to thank Ian Angell for his continuing good stewardship of the Scottish Mountaineering Club library in Glasgow, where various pieces of research, particularly relating to the work of William McKnight Docharty, have been pursued. The Glasgow University map library has been much used, as has the manuscript section of the National Library of Scotland in respect of general research in the SMC archive (lodged there and maintained by Robin N Campbell) and in regard to Docharty's hill diaries.
Thanks also to the various Grahamists (see page 40) who took the trouble to rummage through hill logs and supply their first and last hill details. Also to Jill Dodgson and Harry Griffin for information on the late Colin Dodgson, and to Anne Littlejohn for helping to clarify her own completion status. And thanks, once again, to Tommy Kayes and all at Clydeside Press. Apologies to anyone else who provided help, information or encouragement but who is omitted here.
"I should like to record once more the pleasure and satisfaction these maps provided in the winter evenings, as they welcomed me in spirit to the freedom of the ridges which they delineate so faithfully. Then, no less than when they piloted me over the ground on excursion, did they prove themselves to be among the closest and friendliest of companions."
William McKnight Docharty, The Supplement to A Selection of Some 900 British and Irish Mountain Tops and a Selection of 1,000 Tops under 2,500 feet, December 1962
TACit Tables aim to provide walkers with definitive, highly accurate, easily affordable, up-to-date lists of British and Irish hills. An important feature of this series of booklets is that the height of each hill is given in both absolute and relative terms: as well as the height above sea level, the lists show the drop from each hill, ie the amount the hill rises above the surrounding land.
The tables provide precise measurements of the location and significance of the summits, but convey nothing about distance, topography, terrain or other characteristics of the hills. Maps provide much of this detail, and the tables are intended to be used alongside a map. No attempt is made to suggest routes or starting points for walks.
Details of all current titles in the TACit Tables series are given on the inside back cover.
A Graham is a Scottish hill from 610 metres to 761 metres high inclusive (2000-2499 feet), with a drop of at least 150 metres all round (492 feet). The list of hills with this definition was first published in April 1992 in The Relative Hills of Britain1, which lists all the British Marilyns, ie hills of any height with a drop of at least 150 metres all round. Originally, Scottish hills in this height range were referred to as Lesser Corbetts (abbreviated to LCs or Elsies). This subset of the Marilyns was renamed Grahams in memory of the late Fiona Torbet (née Graham) who published her own list of Scottish hills between 2000 and 2500 feet in The Great Outdoors magazine in November 1992. Torbet's list had no precise definition; 54 of its 244 hills had a drop of less than 150 metres, and 16 had less than 100 metres drop. Interesting though this list is, there were also numerous inaccuracies, and 34 current Grahams were omitted altogether. Torbet had been unaware of the existing list but soon realised it was more accurate and complete than her own. She therefore agreed to accept the relevant Scottish Marilyns as the definitive list of such hills, provided the name Grahams was used for them and some minor changes were made.
The 224 current Grahams therefore comprise the 222 such hills listed in The Relative Hills of Britain plus Beinn Talaidh2 and Ladylea Hill3. The majority of Grahams (199) are on the Scottish mainland, with the remaining 25 distributed among seven islands; ten on Skye, seven on Mull, three on Harris, two on Jura, and one each on Arran, Rum and South Uist.
A Graham Top is a Scottish hill between 610 metres and 761 metres high inclusive (2000-2499 feet) with a drop of at least 30 metres all round (98.4 feet). The Graham Tops therefore include all the Grahams, just as the Munro Tops include all the Munros, and Corbett Tops include all the Corbetts. However, the term 'Munro Tops' is usually taken to mean 'Munro Tops that are not Munros', and similar usage will probably come to be applied to the Graham Tops.
Now that the list of Corbett Tops4 has been published, the Graham Tops complete the set of Scottish hills over 2000 feet, and indeed the set of all hills in the British Isles over 2000 feet with 30m drop. The total of 2638 such hills comprises 2111 in Scotland, 177 in England, 136 in Wales, one on the border of England and Wales, 19 in Northern Ireland, 193 in the Republic of Ireland, and one in the Isle of Man.
Although this publication provides the first list of Graham Tops to be readily available, it is not the first list of 2000-foot Scottish hills to go beyond the Grahams:
The list of Tops published in this TACit Table was compiled independently, without reference to any previous work. Much of the initial research was carried out by James Gordon and Clem Clements, who provided lists of summits based on Ordnance Survey 1:50000 and 1:25000 maps. All these summits were then checked against 1:10000 maps (where available), which provided additional and more precise figures for heights and cols in numerous cases. The extra detail shown at this scale also enabled several further tops to be located, which were not apparent from study of smaller-scale maps.
The total of 998 Graham Tops comprises five classes of hill between 2000 and 2499 feet high:
|GTM||193||30-150m||Graham Tops of Munros, ie Tops connected to a Munro|
|GTC||374||30-150m||Graham Tops of Corbetts, ie Tops connected to a Corbett|
|GTG||206||30-150m||Graham Tops of Grahams, ie Tops connected to a Graham|
|GTH||1||30-150m||Graham Tops of Hewitts, ie Tops connected to a Hewitt (in England)|
The different classes are indicated in the tables by the code G, GTM, GTC or GTG in the first column of each entry. Those Tops located between two higher hills are judged to be connected to whichever hill has a higher intervening col, regardless of distance or appearance.
The layout of the tables also highlights the broader distinction between Grahams and Tops, as the names of Tops are indented beneath the name of the relevant Graham, Corbett or Munro. Full details are given of all Grahams, but for Munros and Corbetts only the name is listed (in italics).
Within each section, GTMs are shown first, then GTCs, then Grahams and GTGs. Tops belonging to the same hill are listed in order of relative height (drop), so that more prominent summits are shown first. Information is laid out in the following columns:
This is either G, GTM, GTC or GTG as defined above, making it easy to identify at a glance the four different categories of Graham Top.
Hills are grouped into the geographical regions shown below, with each region subdivided into sections. Region and section numbers are the same as in Corbett Tops and Corbetteers and originally derive from The Relative Hills of Britain.
This column gives the height of the hill above sea level in metres. This is usually taken from the largest-scale metric map of the area published by the Ordnance Survey, which may be at 1:10000 or 1:25000. Spot heights on 1:50000 maps are not generally as accurate as those on larger-scale maps, though some heights are updated as new editions are published. Where differing heights for the same point are given on different maps, the following order of precedence is generally used: 1:10000; 1:25000; 1:50000. The letter c before the height figure means it is taken from a contour ring, as no spot height is given on any map.
Where possible, names are taken from the relevant 1:50000 map. If a hill is not named on this then the name is taken from a larger-scale map. Where no name is given on any map, an appropriate descriptive name is assigned. Such names take one of two forms, based on either the position or the height of the summit, eg Creag Each West Top, or Creag Ruadh point 619m. Care has been taken to ensure that such names do not coincide or conflict with assigned names of Corbett or Munro Tops.
This column gives the number(s) of the Ordnance Survey 1:50000 Landranger map(s) on which the summit of the hill is located.
This column gives the number(s) of the Ordnance Survey 1:25000 Explorer map(s) on which the summit of the hill is located.
The grid reference pinpoints the location of the summit of the hill to within 100 metres. All grid references have been checked for accuracy on 1:10000 maps, or on 1:25000 maps where no 1:10000 map is available.
This column refers to the relative height of the hill. It shows the height difference in metres between the summit and the col connecting the hill to the next higher summit. For example, the drop from Ben Venue is given as 545, which means that anyone on the top of Ben Venue would have to descend for a minimum of 545 metres before being able to reach a higher summit.
The drop figures offer an indication of how much descent and reascent is likely to be involved in climbing two or more hills together, but the figures always refer to the minimum possible descent - if the terrain is uneven or there are intervening minor summits then the actual descent on the ground will be greater. A map or knowledge of the route is required for this level of detail. The letter c before the drop figure means there is no spot height for the connecting col shown on any metric map, so the drop is estimated from the position of contour lines. It is likely to be accurate to within two or three metres.
This column is left blank for entering the date of ascent - a better aid to memory than a simple tick.
|Creagan na Beinne:|
|GTC||1A||665||Meall a'Choire Chreagach||51,52||379||NN792418||c 127|
|GTC||1A||697||Creag an Sgliata||51,52||378,379||NN769399||103|
|GTC||1A||716||Beinn Bhreac||51,52||378||NN733402||c 100|
|GTC||1A||631||Tir Eilde 5||52||379||NN830420||100|
|GTC||1A||619||The Scurran||52||368,379||NN885305||c 114|
|GTC||1A||c 730||A'Chairidh||51,52||379||NN794314||c 72|
|G||1A||759||Shee of Ardtalnaig 6||51,52||378||NN729351||c 224|
|G||1A||730||Beinn na Gainimh||52||379||NN837344||288|
|G||1A||719||Meall Buidhe 7||51||365||NN576275||c 273|
|GTG||1A||620||Cul na Creige||51||365,368||NN620298||c 74|
|GTG||1A||663||Meall na Cloiche||51||365||NN590277||61|
|G||1A||712||Creag Ruadh||51||368||NN674292||c 196|
|GTG||1A||682||Ruadh Mheall||51||378||NN676314||c 115|
|GTG||1A||693||Meall Daimh||51||368,378||NN664306||c 58|
|GTG||1A||619||Creag Ruadh point 619m||51,52||368||NN709272||c 44|
|GTG||1A||612||Meall nam Fiadh||51||368||NN696274||c 34|
|G||1A||690||Meall Dearg||52||379||NN886414||c 173|
|GTG||1A||663||Creag an Loch||52||379||NN878407||62|
|GTG||1A||637||Meall Dearg point 637m||52||379||NN868420||34|
|G||1A||672||Creag Each 8||51||368||NN652263||c 216|
|GTG||1A||659||Creag Each West Top||51||368||NN647264||c 34|
|G||1A||637||Creag Gharbh||51||378||NN632327||c 151|
|GTG||1A||628||Meall Odhar||51||378||NN639322||c 54|
|G||1A||623||Meall nan Caorach 9||52||379||NN928338||321|
|G||1A||620||Meall Reamhar 9||52||379||NN922332||156|
|GTM||1B||c 740||Ben Our 10||51,57||365,368||NN616208||c 89|
|GTM||1B||725||Creagan nan Gabhar||51,57||365,368||NN615200||40|
|GTM||1B||735||Stuc a'Chroin West Top||57||365||NN604169||69|
|GTM||1B||755||Leacann Amarach||57||365,368||NN615164||c 30|
|GTC||1B||694||Beinn Each point 694m||57||365,368||NN617146||35|
|Meall na Fearna:|
|GTC||1B||662||Meall Reamhar||51,57||368||NN663210||c 109|
|GTC||1B||681||Meall nan Saighdearan||51,57||368||NN672212||72|
|GTC||1B||742||Stob Chalum Mhic Griogair||57||368||NN659189||64|
|GTC||1B||692||Black Craig||51,57||368||NN651210||c 54|
|GTC||1B||717||Meall na Fearna West Top||57||365,368||NN643191||c 39|
|GTC||1B||685||Creagan an Lochain||51,57||368||NN646207||c 39|
|GTC||1B||701||Meall na Fearna point 701m||57||368||NN662184||34|
|G||1B||706||Beinn Dearg 11||57||368||NN696197||351|
|GTG||1B||705||Stuc na Cabaig||57||368||NN685190||c 71|
|GTG||1B||618||Sron na Maoile 12||57||368||NN690175||36|
|G||1B||640||Mor Bheinn 13||51,52,57||368||NN716211||327|
|GTG||1B||621||Ben Halton||51,52,57||368||NN720203||c 96|
|GTM||1C||715||Stob Creag an Fhithich 14||50,56||364||NN349190||c 100|
|GTM||1C||654||Ben Glas||50,56||364||NN344190||c 46|
|GTM||1C||719||Meall nan Tarmachan||50,56||364||NN357185||40|
|GTM||1C||c 690||Meall nan Tarmachan West Top||50,56||364||NN354184||c 32|
|GTC||1C||722||Bioran na Circe||57||365||NN558117||c 71|
|GTC||1C||713||Am Fireach||57||365||NN560124||c 30|
|Meall an t-Seallaidh:|
|GTC||1C||675||Meall Reamhar||51||365||NN512227||c 89|
|Creag Mac Ranaich:|
|GTC||1C||c 670||Meall Reamhar||51||365||NN569247||c 100|
|GTC||1C||707||Meall Sgallachd||51||365||NN553260||c 30|
|GTC||1C||697||Creagan nan Sgiath||57||365||NN485143||112|
|GTC||1C||715||Taobh na Coille||57||365||NN466152||c 48|
|GTC||1C||655||Stob an Fhainne||50,56||364||NN358110||68|
|GTC||1C||613||Stob an Eighrach||50,56||364||NN342144||c 48|
|GTC||1C||659||Maol an Fhithich||50,56||364||NN349139||c 41|
|G||1C||753||The Stob 15||51||365||NN491231||228|
|GTG||1C||734||Stob Caol||51||365||NN493220||c 55|
|G||1C||747||Meall Mor||50,56||364||NN383151||c 262|
|GTG||1C||714||An Garadh||56||364||NN404142||c 100|
|GTG||1C||727||Stob an Duibhe||50,56||364||NN397154||80|
|GTG||1C||737||Meall Mor East Top||50,56||364||NN388149||33|
|G||1C||729||Ben Venue 16||57||365||NN474063||545|
|GTG||1C||703||Beinn Chochan 17||57||365||NN453057||c 128|
|GTG||1C||684||Stob an Lochain||57||365||NN465050||c 108|
|GTG||1C||700||Beinn Bhreac||57||365||NN457058||c 52|
|GTG||1C||727||Ben Venue East Top||57||365||NN477061||c 32|
|G||1C||688||Stob Breac||57||365||NN447166||c 243|
|GTM||1D||680||Beinn Chas||50,56||364||NN198162||c 82|
|GTM||1D||694||Beinn an t-Sidhein||50,56||360||NN182195||c 68|
|GTM||1D||647||Stob nan Coinnich Bhacain||50,56||364||NN302145||c 80|
|Meall an Fhudair:|
|G||1D||744||Meall nan Gabhar 18||50||364||NN235240||265|
|GTG||1D||739||Meall nan Tighearn||50||364||NN238234||c 41|
|GTG||1D||645||Maol Breac||50,56||364||NN259158||c 116|
|G||1D||636||Beinn Bhalgairean||50||364||NN202241||c 209|
|GTG||1D||625||Beinn Bhreac||50,56||364||NN201216||c 87|
|G||1E||734||Doune Hill 19||56||364||NS290971||695|
|GTG||1E||701||Doune Hill East Top||56||364||NS296974||79|
|GTG||1E||657||Creag an Leinibh||56||347||NS311919||c 42|
|G||1E||684||Cruach an t-Sidhein||56||364||NS275965||169|
|GTG||1E||632||Ben Reoch East Top||56||364||NN313018||36|
|G||1E||657||Mid Hill 20||56||364||NS321962||430|
|GTC||2A||747||Cross Craigs||42,51||385||NN537523||c 132|
|GTC||2A||741||Meall nam Maigheach||51||378||NN556495||84|
|GTC||2A||653||Meall nan Sac||42,51||385||NN561517||36|
|GTC||2A||736||Creag an Loch||52||386||NN821542||95|
|GTC||2A||654||Creag Chean 21||42,51,52||386||NN795532||c 52|
|GTC||2A||731||Ciochain a'Chop||52||386||NN808551||c 45|
|GTC||2A||678||Meall Odhar Mor||42,51,52||386||NN792543||c 32|
|GTC||2A||691||Beinn Eagagach||52||386||NN855565||c 122|
|GTC||2A||630||Tom an Fhuarain||52||386||NN863562||c 65|
|GTC||2A||656||Creag an Lochain||52||386||NN839567||64|
|GTC||2A||620||Meall a'Choire||52||386||NN881568||c 46|
|GTC||2A||651||Farragon Hill North Top||52||386||NN843562||42|
|GTM||2B||758||Meall a'Chall||51||378||NN436403||c 102|
|Meall nan Tarmachan:|
|GTM||2B||749||Meall Dhuin Croisg||51||378||NN548370||74|
|GTM||2B||712||Sron Eanchainne||51||378||NN481396||c 35|
|GTM||2B||719||Creag Mhor||51||378||NN513340||c 62|
|Meall nam Maigheach:|
|GTC||2B||642||Creag nan Eildeag||51||378||NN597461||76|
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