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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