The Grampian's occupy a considerable portion of the north-east Scottish Highlands, they were formed by distinct geological sheets which slide in along lines of weakness like the Great Glen Fault, colliding and fusing together. The Grampian's extend south west to north-east between the Highland Boundary Fault and the Great Glen, occupying almost half of the land-area of Scotland, this includes the Cairngorms and the Lochaber hills. You will find all types of holiday accommodation in and around the Grampians.
- Grampian Longitude 57.228° N Latitude -2.988° E
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The range includes Ben Nevis being the highest point in the British Isles at 1,344 metres above sea level and Ben Macdui the second highest at 1,309 metres. The mountains are composed of granite, gneiss, marble, schists and quartzite. they are one of the three major mountain ranges in Scotland, including the high mass of the Cairngorms with large areas of flat summits exceeding 4,000 feet with a considerable number of Munros, as drawn up by Sir H.T. Munro of the Scottish Mountaineering Club and produced in the Mountaineering Club Journal in 1891, it was an unfinished at the time of his death, his intention was to list the Scottish mountains of 3000ft and over which were of 'sufficient separation' from neighbouring tops to merit a listing, he did not write down a precise definition of what he meant by separation, though the character of a mountain did enter into it, over time Through regular use they have become known as the Munros, the current list of 282 Munros and 509 tops is from the 2012 revision, under the metric system. Munro’s Tables were specifically aimed at the mountaineer, they are systematic, thorough, and they have two unique features: the seventeen Sections, which are based on the natural divisions of the landscape, with mountain groupings, and points of access, and the distinction between separate mountains and the Munros. The Grampians intersect the ridge known as Drum Alban the back bone of the country situated near the watershed, this ridge extends north from Ben Lomond and then to Ben Hope, the most northerly Munro in the country.
The passes across the Grampian's were used by the invading armies of the Romans and the English, the best known are the pass of Leny near Calender, the Cairnwell pass with the devil's elbow which is the highest main road in Britain, the Drumochter pass traversed by General Wades great highway linking Dunkeld to Inverness, the famous Lecht road linking Cock Bridge in the Don vally with Tomintoul the highest village in the Highlands and the Cairn O' Mount from Strathmore to Strathdee west of the Dromochter pass, all offering accommodation to suite all pockets from Bed and Breakfast, Hotels, Hostels, Caravan and Camping to Self Catering. John Rooke Corbett was a district valuer based in Bristol and a keen member of the Scottish Mountaineering Club (SMC) in the years between the two World Wars.
He was a distinguished student at Cambridge University and an original member of the Rucksack Club. Out of this extensive experience and knowledge came Corbett's eponymous tables in which he listed all those hills of height between 2500ft (762m) and 3000ft (914.4m) with a drop of at least 500ft (152.4m) between each listed hill and any adjacent higher one As has been the case with the Munros, the list of Corbetts has changed over the years as a result of changes in hill and bealach heights measured by the Ordnance Survey, the present list contains 220 Corbetts. Hill walkers who concentrate their efforts entirely on the Munros will be in danger of missing many of the best of Scottish mountains. Height alone is no criterion and there are in the ranks of the Corbetts many peaks of great character, interest and beauty that are the equal of all but a few Munros.
The glens contain land-cover types rough and improved grassland interspersed with mixed woodland and coniferous plantations which are surrounded by heather moorland and large coniferous plantations,Aberdeen is the nearest city and is only 45 miles south. The city has an international airport, railway and bus stations providing onward travel links throughout the UK and beyond. The highland capital of Inverness is the next nearest city and like Aberdeen has an airport and good train links.
It is advisable to have use of a car to fully appreciate what the area has to offer. There are many good golf courses in the North of Scotland. encompasses a huge triangle of land that thrusts towards, then dives into, the vast North Sea. With a coast fringed by golden sand beaches, pretty coastal towns and harbours, and an idyllic rural landscape inland, this area offers holiday options to celebrate some of the best that Scotland has to offer. Self catering opportunities are plentiful, with cottages, houses, apartments and more all available as great bases for your holiday in Scotland’s North East.