GPS data for Munro, Munro Tops, Corbetts and other UK mountain summits

(plus data file(s) for spreadsheets or databases)

Data is provided for private use only; please contact me, Henry Marston, if you wish to use the data for commercial purposes; there may be copyright implications for the original data.
GPS format
GPS data for Munros and Tops
Munro routes
Mobile Munros
.csv data files

GPS data using OS format for Garmin GPS units using the precise format required by PCX5 software.
Note: according to Garmin Technical Support, PCX5 is now obsolete. It is very difficult to get it to run on Windows XP and it is not supported by newer software versions on Garmin products. However, this format can be read by
GPS Utility, a shareware product written by Alan Murphy (contactable via his site) and from that it can be uploaded to any GPS unit,
Garmin, Magellan etc. If you have problems uploading, Alan can usually help, updating his programme to accommodate new GPS units if necessary.

(There is a restricted freeware version of GPSU with limited data set sizes and a full bells-and-whistles version available on payment of a fee).

Format of GPS data - the 6-character identification code, 10 digit Grid Reference, height, truncated name (16 characters) and data point symbol. Spurious dates and times are included as required in the PCX5 format (date is generally the date of latest update). 

Note: according to Garmin Technical Support, "PCX5 is now obsolete. It is very difficult to get it to run on Windows XP and it is not supported by newer software versions on Garmin products."  PCX5 is a standard format, but arguably remains as good a standard to use as any other, readable for example into GPS Utility.  Whichever GPS package you use, you will need a connecting cable.

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The original versions of these Munro files are included on the SMC CD the Munros - the definitive CD-ROM.

All Munros and Tops based on map sources such as the 1980/91and 1997 tables

.  There are over 500 waypoints, so the file needs editing before uploading if your GPS has a 500 waypoint limit.

Current from-the-ground GPS lists in Garmin PCX5 format
(view in Notepad to see the grid reference data)

GPS data only (for around 200 summits)  (also 120 Corbetts)

GPS data plus trig point and data from SMC Tables (the 'best' available data)

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Numbering system: I have changed section numbers to letters, adding leading zeros for sequence numbers 1 to 9 in each section, and adding the suffix M for Munros, T for Tops, X for deleted tops (going back to the second edition). In each section, summits are in order of precedence, based on occasion of first appearance in The Tables (following Robin Campbell's concept in his Munroist's Companion -Variorum Tables).  The order in the lists generally has the Munro first, its Tops next and finally its deleted tops. The description is a name condensed to 16 characters. Thus:

A01M is Section 1 No 1 Ben Lomond 
is Section 1 No 17 Beinn a' Chroin
A28T B A CH: NEW MUN is Section 1 No 28 Beinn a' Chroin:
(another) W Top, The New Munro (when ratified)

The Symbol on a Garmin GPS 12 is a flag for a Munro, T in a circle for a top, a wrecked ship for a demoted top. Corrections will be included when identified.

UPDATE:  Significant developments have been made recently.  New files are presented using the best estimates of Munro, Top and Deleted Top waypoints by taking the average of known derivations of determinations from maps.  These files include GPS data where available (currently for about 200 summits).  Where a trig points is known to be at the summit, the 10-figure grid reference supplied by the OS is taken as the 'best' figure.  The suffix of the name indicates the source: G=trig point, a number the number of GPS averaged, otherwise the average of SMC 1981/90, SMC 97, Blanco's and Gerry Bye's data (where available).  One file has all 594 summits, which have also been split into two groups South (Sections 1 to 9) and North (Sections 10 to 17). 

Best Map   Best Map South   Best Map North  

By section: 

Section 1, Section 2, Section 3, Section 4, Section 5, Section 6, Section 7, Section 8, Section 9,

Section 10, Section 11, Section 12, Section 13, Section 14, Section 15, Section 16, Section 17

Corrections included in these files:
Section 13 (M)
Code M14 Beinn Eighe:Spidean Coire nan Clach
Summit is not the 972 m trig point (NG965596) but a point at 993 m (NG966597). This is based on discussion on the SMC web pages, with information provided by Robin N Campbell from his Munroist's Companion.

Section 1 (A)
Munro summit dodges around - News Update From SMC website: Beinn a'Chroin (now 941.5m O.S. 50/56 388 186) Two keen walkers became suspicious of the heights as given for the various bumps on the summit ridge of Beinn a'Chroin. The O.S. was tackled, and found that the cairn at the east end of the summit ridge (940m) is in fact slightly lower than one of the cairns at the west end of the ridge, the cairn being the fairly large one above a small crag, and with a new height of about 941.5 m, making it the new summit.

In these tables, A28T is the proposed New summit of Beinn a'Chroin, given as NN 3880 1856 and rounded to 942 m.  It has the T subscript because it has not officially been given Munro status as A28M - that still belongs to the East Top, A17M
(Statistical principle: round 0.5 to nearest even number; overall it's as good as anything, and PCX5 requires whole numbers)
The old summit A17M is expected to be demoted to a top, A17T Beinn a'Chroin, E top, at NN 3941 1858 and 940 m
whilst the old West top, A16T, too close to the new summit to merit top status to be retained, is expected to become a deleted top,
A16X Beinn a'Chroin W top at NN 3858 1854 and 938 m
(If you thought the 1997 tables were the last word, think again! See the next Munro Tables or SMC Journal as to whether the E top retains even Top status)

Typographic errors or 'new' data (from comparison of the 1990 SMC Munros tables with data from Liverpool University hill walking site )
Further analysis is in progress - 31 summits differ by more than 3 m in height or 200 m in Easting or Northing in the grid reference! Fortunately all but two are Tops rather than Munros)

Changes made to data files so far
Section 3 (C)
3. Meall Cuanail (Top) height 918 m not 1009 m (typo)
13. Ben Starav - Stob Coire Dheirg (Top) height 1028 m more likely than 1068 m in tables
Section 4 (D)
4. Aonach Mor - Stob an Cul Choire (Top) height 1069 m more likely than 1097 m in tables
Section 11 (K)
25. Sgurr nan Ceathreamhnan (Top) Grid Ref is NH035185, not NH135185, which is 10 km to the east! (typo)

GPS readings for Munros and Tops has direct GPS measurements of cairns at Munros and Tops. This table gives the 'traditional' values and GPS determined grid reference and altitude (sorry, some altitudes missing; you need to remember to check altitude separately with basic GPS receivers - in the past, altitude was more or less a random number, so I guess manufacturers thought it not worth the effort to include it in the waypoint data). GPS data has a numerical suffix to indicate the number of duplicate measurements (different walkers or repeat readings by one walker, often where the outcrop corresponding to the true summit is ambiguous).
The current files have over 250 summits: lets have some more!

Update: data is building up. There are now almost 200 waypoints of direct measurements of Munros and Tops (including some itinerant Beinn a' Chroin tops) and OS trig point data. Thanks to  Phil Newby, Rob Milne, Graham Scott-Hartley, Doug Meiklejohn and Alan Shepard for supplying a number of waypoints. Please send me more (plus routes determined on the ground, waymarking critical points). GPS waypoint file, in Garmin waypoint format, only has the GPS data, not comparison data with map data.

The GPS waypoints have a numeric suffix, to indicate the number of duplicate readings.  
In the next update, the identification letter for the reporting walker(s) will be given, within the constraint that the identification code cannot be longer than 6 characters.  If there should be more suffix letters than permitted, the number of readings is indicated.
For the 'Best' data set, if the source is the trig point data, the only suffix is G.  Walkers' GPS readings are used for verification purposes, and are still valuable.
Duplicate readings (suffixes 2, 3, 4 etc) are used for multiple readings at summits, whether a result of multiple readings by one walker, either because of ambiguity near the summit or a repeat visit, or visits by more than one walker. See Hunt the Munro for assessments of ambiguities on Beinn a' Chroin and Beinn Achaladair. Both Carn an t-Sagairt Mor and Meall na Teanga have two cairns on the summit ridge, but which is the Munro? The duplicate GPS readings for Derry Cairngorm, Ben Challum and Beinn Tulaichean correspond to repeat visits, consistent to 7 m at most.

Acknowledgements/expanation: additional suffixes in these lists
B for data taken from Bergleiter,
E for Henry Marston
H for Graham Scott-Hartley
M for Doug Meiklejohn
N for Nigel Cliffe
R for Rob Milneś
S for Alan Shepard
G for Trig Point (using OS data supplied by Phil Newby)
2 for second (repeat) measurement

See Format of GPS data to see how data is arranged

Please let me know if you have problem downloading the files.

NEW: GPS waypoints for Corbetts (height 762 to 914 m with re-ascent of 152 m on each side):
Files in Garmin format split into 3 groups,
South (Munro Sectors 1-9),
North (Munro Sectors 10-16) and
Islands/Southern Uplands (Sectors 17-28)

On-the-ground GPS data for about 120 Corbetts is available, plus trig points 

Numbering: in each sector, Corbetts are ranked in height order. The same main sector numbers are used as for the Munros, but many of the sectors are further split into sub-sectors A, B, C, etc. There are additional sectors 18 to 28 (Munro-free zones). The last file includes outlying areas as well as the islands.  

The GPS Identification Code is Section letter (AA for Section 1A, AB for Section 1B) - Sequence Number in section (highest =1) - C for Corbett, e.g. AA1C for Creagan na Beinne. Galloway and the Borders corresponds to sectors 27 and 28, coded as Z1 for 27, Z2 for 28. Thus Merrick is Z1B1C (The highest Corbett in Sector 27 B). As with the Munros, names have been shortened to 16 characters. The Garmin symbol is a deer (code 13).

Grid Reference data was taken from the listing from the Liverpool University hill walking site compiled by Alan Dawson and Brenda Lowndes for which I am grateful.

A similar arrangement is planned for the Grahams, Suffix G, Symbol anchor (code 6)

Coming: GPS waypoints for Grahams (height 610 m up to 762 m with re-ascent of 30 m on each side)

Data has been posted in the TACit Tables (TAC = The Angry Corie):
It is hoped to be able to post files in Garmin format split into 3 groups,
South (Munro Sectors 1-9),
North (Munro Sectors 10-16) and
Islands/Southern Uplands (Sectors 17-28)

Where noticed, duplicate names in a sector have been given the suffix -1, -2 etc (in height order)

Grid Reference data was taken from the listing from the TACit tables in the Relative Hills of Britain referenced from the Liverpool University hill walking site.

Disclaimer: Whilst every care has been taken in preparing these list, no responsibility can be accepted for any errors or omissions.

The Sections of Scotland

Section Waypoint files with all Munros, Tops, Deleted Tops (1990/1997) and Corbetts in a section.

Sectionwpts 1, Sectionwpts 2, Sectionwpts 3, Sectionwpts 4, Sectionwpts 5, Sectionwpts 6,
Sectionwpts 7, Sectionwpts 8, Sectionwpts 9, Sectionwpts 10, Sectionwpts 11, Sectionwpts 12,
Sectionwpts 13, Sectionwpts 14, Sectionwpts 15, Sectionwpts 16, Sectionwpts 17


Data file for reading into a spreadsheet.
This can be used to generate files for GPS for other formats, for drawing maps (see below), generating your own database or indeed any other purpose that you can dream of. At present this .csv (comma separated variable) file only has the Munros and Tops. Corbetts and other summits will be added shortly.

You probably don't just want the GPS location of the summit, but also the GPS routes from the car park.   Munro routes: waypoints to guide you up (and down) Munros - this needs updating

Disclaimer: Whilst every care has been taken in preparing these list, no responsibility can be accepted for any errors or omissions.

Background information page

Details of GPS file format

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