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Hill does not measure up to Munro
Foinaven. Picture courtesy of Scottish Natural Heritage

A summit in the far north of Scotland has failed to measure up to Munro status denying it entry on an exclusive list of peaks over 3,000ft (914.4m).

Larbert-based surveyors CMCR Ltd used new technology to check Foinaven in Sutherland to see if it qualified, but found it falls short by 12ft (3.4m).

The study was commissioned by the Munro Society. At an announcement in Falkirk was declared to be 2,988ft (911m).

Another mountain Beinn Dearg in Torridon will be measured in August.

Munros are the highest of Scotland's mountains and many hill walkers and mountaineers pursue the goal of "bagging" all 284 Munros.

Two surveyors from CMCR, along with members of the Munro Society and various mountaineering clubs, took the measurements of Foinaven on 12 and 13 May.

Media conference

The expedition surveyed the Corbett, Foinaven, and its summit Ganu Mor using satellite positioning equipment.

A Corbett is the name for peaks in Scotland between 2,500ft and 3,000ft.

Team members revealed their findings at a media conference in Falkirk.

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

Debate over whether Foinaven is a Munro or one of Scotland's 220 Corbetts has raged for a number of years.

English translations of its Gaelic name include a wart hill and white mountain.


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