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Last Updated: Friday, 7 September 2007, 10:55 GMT 11:55 UK
Highland candidate comes up short
Beinn Dearg
The mountain is just 2.24ft short of Munro status
Surveyors have revealed that a mountain in Wester Ross, thought to be a contender for Munro status, does not measure up.

Beinn Dearg in Torridon stands at 2997.58ft but its height is 2.42ft short of the 3000ft (914.4m) needed to qualify as a Munro.

Larbert-based surveyors CMCR Ltd checked the stature of the summit.

Munros are the highest of Scotland's mountains, with many people pursuing the goal of "bagging" all 284 of them.

Two surveyors from CMCR Ltd, along with members of the Munro Society, took the new measurements for Beinn Dearg during a trip in April.

The peak will now remain a Corbett, the name given to mountains measuring between 2,500ft and 3,000ft.

A similar exercise conducted on Foinaven in Sutherland in June by the firm found the Corbett was 12ft short of a Munro.

Team members revealed their findings during a media conference in Falkirk on Friday.

The Munro Society was formed in 2002 and has more than 3,000 members who have climbed all of Scotland's Munros.

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