Whats in a name?
These were first compiled by Sir Hugh Munro in 1891 but have since been revised several times currently totalling 283 Scottish Mountains over 3000ft (914.4m)
Munro Baggers are the name given to those enthusiasts who endeavour to complete the 'circuit' some of whom attempt it as one continuous trip and others who take years. Over 4,500 walkers are now listed as having bagged all the Munros, please refer to The Munro Society website.
These were compiled by John Rooke Corbett and are 220 Scottish hills between 2500 and 2999 feet high with a drop of at least 30 metres on all sides.
Nothing to do with Miss Munro but listed by Alan Dawson as British hills of any height with a drop of at least 150 metres on all sides. The geographical area includes the Isle of Man and the islands of St Kilda.
Also compiled by Alan Dawson, Grahams are 224 Scottish hills which are between 2000 and 2499 feet high with a drop of 150 metres on all sides. He names them after the late Fiona Graham who made her own list about the same time.
These are the 214 fells that Alfred Wainwright loved and immortalised in his 7 Pictoral Guides to the Lakeland Fells.
253 English and 189 Welsh hills over 2000ft. These were listed by John and Anne Nuttall’s Mountains of England and Wales. There are 253 Nuttalls, of which 178 are Hewitts, and 51 are Marilyns
This list by Alan Dawson again and a list of Hills in England, Wales and Ireland over 2000ft.
Within Great Britain and Ireland, a mountain is now usually defined as any summit at least 2,000 feet (or 610 metres) high, whilst the official UK government's definition of a mountain is a summit of 600 metres or higher. In addition, some definitions also include a topographical prominence requirement, typically 100 feet (30 m) or 500 feet (152 m). For a while, the US defined a mountain as being 1,000 feet (304.8 m) or more tall. Any similar land form lower than this height was considered a hill.
Unfortunately, there is no universally accepted standard definition for the height of a mountain or a hill although a mountain usually has an identifiable summit. In the United Kingdom, a mountain must be over 600 metres (1969 feet) or over 300 metres (984 feet) if it's an abrupt difference in the local topography. However, some hills can be called mountains and some mountains can be called hills - it's just a matter of the original name given to the relief.