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Maoile Lunndaidh and the Archies

June 3, 2018 Comments off

hlicon57 With the introduction of the Archies list in my last update, observant users (like Barry Owen!) might have noticed that Maoile Lunndaidh (a Munro) is not included.

Archies are hills in Scotland with a height of 1000m or more and with a drop or prominence of 100m or more. You would therefore assume Maoile Lunndaidh at 1004.9m would be an Archie, however the nearby top Creag Toll a’ Choin is actually the higher summit at 1005.2m.

This hill has been surveyed by Alan Dawson and team, and the Database of British and Irish Hills includes the higher top as a HuMP (hills with 100m prominence). Since I build the Archies list from the HuMPs, with the additional height classification of 1000m or more, Maoile Lunndaidh is not included.

Paul Fettes (author of the Archies book) is aware of this (anomaly), and he mentions both tops in his book.

At some stage, the Ordnance Survey will measure these tops, and when they do it is likely that Creag Toll a’ Choin will be promoted to be the Munro.

If you are up there doing this very remote hill, you are likely to walk over both tops anyway. Do them both and enjoy the views, they are great!