Monday 15 October 2018

Our 5 Favourite Mountains to Climb in the UK and Ireland!

Our 5 Favourite Mountains to Climb in the UK and Ireland!

We love walking here at The Holiday Cottages! There’s no need to go abroad to find a beautiful mountain to conquer. Here, we’ve collected our 5 favourite mountains in the UK & Ireland that we recommend you go and explore. Each of these hikes are for different abilities so there is something for everyone from seasoned climber to first timers.

1. Ben Nevis, Lochaber, Scotland (1,345 metres)

Our personal favourite is the fantastic Ben Nevis in Scotland. This is the tallest mountain on the British Isles and attracts thousands of tourists every year. Most tourists take the Mountain Path which is the easier route and takes between 4-8 hours depending on fitness. The views during the climb up are truly stunning and the feeling when you reach the summit is amazing! 

Click here to find properties nearby to rest your head after a long day climbing. 

2. Snowdon, Snowdonia, Wales  (1,085 m)

This is the most climbed mountain in the UK. There are 6 different paths to choose, each range in difficulty. There’s even the famous Snowdon Mountain Railway if you’d prefer a more leisurely trip! Whichever way you decide the exhilarating view at the top stretches over Snowdonia. The round trip is approximately 6 hours.

Have a look at some cosy Welsh cottages nearby.

3. Cat Bells, Lake District, England (451 metres) 

We think Cat Bells is the perfect starter mountain and is great for introducing kids to the joys of climbing! This mountain is moderate in difficulty and takes around 3 hours. Enjoy sensational panoramic views over Keswick, Derwentwater and Borrowdale during the climb.

There are some beautiful properties in Keswick, have a look at the selection here.

4. Carrauntoohil, County Kerry, Ireland (1,038m)

This is Ireland’s highest peak and it is the central peak of the Macgillycuddy's Reeks range in County Kerry. There are three routes that climbers can take however the most popular is the Devil’s Ladder which takes around 4-6 hours depending on fitness. This is quite a challenging climb, if you’re not confident there are many local guides and tours. We think the view at the summit is one of the most rewarding in Ireland. 

Click here to find friendly Irish cottages nearby. 

5. Ingleborough, Yorkshire Dales, England (470 metres).

This is probably the easiest climb at 470 metres. The route to the summit start from Clapham and provides an interesting climb & there are stunning views at the top. On a clear day you can see all the way over to Morecambe Bay on England’s West Coast. Ingleborough has fascinated archaeologists for years, most visitors are unaware the rocks at the summit were part of an Iron Age ritual site. This walk takes around 2.5 hours. 

Click here to find the perfect base for your adventure in the Dales.

We hope you have fun exploring! 

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