Those who go walking
in the Fisherfield area of the Highlands may have one less Munro to climb than before, but this will not reduce its popularity, the Mountaineering Council of Scotland has said.
Membership development officer Mike Dales said the recent GPS
check on the height of Beinn a'Chlaidheimh by G&J surveys is "likely to be the most accurate measurement that's been made of the mountain," due to the high-tech nature of the equipment.
Using a device capable of measuring height to an accuracy of ten centimetres, the study showed the peak to be 2,998.5 ft, short of the 3,000 required for Munro status and its previous stated height of 3,005 ft.
This will not stop Munroists visiting Fisherfield with their walking boots
, Mr Dales explained.
He said: "It's part of a circuit of six, so if you're going to do the other five remaining ones, you still have to go past this one so you're going to go over it rather than trudging round the bottom of it."
If Beinn a'Chlaidheimh loses Munro status, it will be the second mountain demoted thanks to G&J Surveys, after Sgurr nan Ceannaichean was revealed to be 2,996.7 ft in 2009.