Glossary – Hill Terms

When I started hill walking people would be referring to things like the ‘bealach’ and I hadn’t a clue what they were meaning. So here I’ll list some of the terms I’ve come across and what they mean. Most of the terms are Gaelic from what I can tell, which is what you’d expect seeing as the names of the hills are in Gaelic.

  • Arete – ridge
  • Bealach – Mountain pass
  • Belay – A means to attach a rope to a safe anchor point
  • Bothy – Mountain hut/refuse/shelter
  • Broch – Circular dry stone dwelling/tower
  • Burn – Stream
  • Cairn – Pile of stones marking a route or summit
  • Corbett – Hill between 2500 and 3000 feet
  • Cornice – Dangerous overhanging snow on a steep slope or cliff
  • Corrie – Rounded mountain valley
  • Glen (Gleann) – Valley
  • Lairig – Sloping hillside, deeply incised mountain pass
  • Lochan – Small loch
  • Munro – Hill over 3000 feet
  • Scree – loose, weathered rocks fragments.
  • Strath – flat floored wide glen/valley

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