The National Trust for Scotland (NTS) is planning to raise awareness of the large number of Scotland's Munros it owns by having its staff and volunteers climb them all before October 16th 2011, which would be the 155th birthday of the man they are named after.
Corporate relationships manager David McKinnon told Grough there is little awareness of how many of the peaks - first catalogued by Sir Hugh Munro in the late 19th century - it owns and the NTS aims to publicise this with the challenge.
He remarked: "So few people seem to know that the trust owns 46 Munros, so we've decided to take action and spread the word about the fantastic countryside that is in our care."
Already the NTS has had staff put on hiking boots and climb Beinn Lawers and Beinn Ghlas, with tomorrow (November 5th) set for ascents of the neighbouring peaks of Meall Garbh, An Stuc and Meall Greigh.
These five Munros are north of Loch Tay in the Breadalbane area of the southern Highlands and there are many more mountains over 3,000 ft nearby, such as Meall nan Tarmachan, Meall a' Choire Leith and Sgiath Chuil.
Posted by Elaine Arthur