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  The Scottish 4000's                                                 Scotland

 The Angel's Peak, looking towards Ben MacDui across the Lairig Ghru.
© Copyright Graham Ellis and licensed for re-use under a Creative Commons Licence.

Rucksack Club members Frank Williamson and Philip Brockbank are credited with the first traverse of twelve 4000' peaks (Munros and tops) as a long distance walk in a time of around 52 hours in 1954. Later there were traverses by Stan Bradshaw and John Eastwood (1967), John Richardson and Mike Cudahy (1977) and Alan Heaton (1980) before Chris Dodd (Dark Peak Fell Runners) broke the 24 hour barrier in 1980 with a time of 23 -14 with an east-west traverse (see article below ). This was improved on first by Stan Bradshaw Jr (1982) and then by Martin Stone (1986) in a solo unsupported run of 21-39. In 2007 Stephen Pyke (Staffordshire Moorlands) lowered the record to 20-23 (see article below). 

Initially there were some variations in the start and finish points as well as the peaks included. The route is now considered to be some 83 miles with 17000 feet of ascent starting at Glen Nevis Youth Hostel and finishing at the Norwegian Stone near Cairngorm Lodge Youth Hostel. In between it takes in the four  Munros of Ben Nevis, Carn Mor Dearg, Aonach Mor and Aonach Beag before heading east for some 50 miles to bag the Cairngorm Munros of Cairn Toul, Angel's Peak (Sgor an Lochain Uaine), Braeriach, Ben Macdui and Cairngorm.  

Another notable traverse of the 4000's was that by Ian Leighton (Holmfirth Harriers) and Robin Price (Clayton-le-Moors) in 1983.  They completed a Scottish Coast to Coast route from Inverie to Montrose which incorporated the 4000's plus a further 10 Munros and 15 tops. Their 230 mile run involving some 35000 feet of climbing took them just 4½ days (see article below).


The start is from Glen Nevis Youth Hostel  GR 128 717 and the finish is at the Norwegian Stone, 100m from Cairngorm Lodge Youth Hostel (formerly Glen More YH) GR 977 098. The 9 summits listed below must be visited.

*Also known as Sgor an Lochan Uaine

Use in conjunction with OS Explorer Maps (1:25000): 392 Ben Nevis & Fort William, 393 Ben Alder, Loch Ericht & Loch Laggan,  393 Atholl, 402 Badenoch & Upper Strathspey and 403 Cairn Gorm & Aviemore.


Click the icon to view or print Stephen Pyke's schedule of actual times.

Click the icon to view or print Martin Stone's schedule of actual times.


This is an informal route without registrations or time limits.  Why not share your experience on facebook to encourage and inspire other runners to have a go!

 Links and Further Information




UK Big 3 Rounds
Challenges by Region

Records & Logs


Route Index

Andy's  Southern Fells

Assynt Traverse
Bala Challenge

Bay Limestone Round

Bob  Baxter  Traverse
Bob Graham Round
Bowland Dozen
Bowland 1500’s
Broxap Round

Cairngorm Munros
Canary Islands 3 Peaks
Charlie Ramsay Round
Charnley Way

Cleveland Hills Challenge
Cuillin Round
Cumbrian Traverse
Dales Skyline
Dales Top Ten
Dales 2000’s

Dark Peak County Tops

Dark Peak 15 Trigs

Dartmoor Round

Denis Rankin Round

Dragon’s Tongue
Durham Hewitts

Etive Munros Round

Freeman Round

George Fischer Tea Round
Glen Lyon Corbett Round
Great North Inns Run
Harvey Howgill Tops

John Fleetwood Lakes 40

John Fleetwood Lakes Routes

John Fleetwood Scottish Routes

John Fleetwood Welsh Round

Joss Naylor Lakeland Challenge

Knoydart 7
Lakes 24

Lakes 25@25
Lakes 2500’s

Lakes Sea to Summits

Llangollen Hills Run

Loch  Lomond  Round

Leventon’s Line
Meirionnydd Round
National & Yorkshire 3 Peaks
No Cure Always Hope
Over The Hill Round
Paddy Buckley Round

Peak Traverses & Rounds

Pikes of the Lakes

Rigby Round - Cairngorms

Run the Line - Dales

Ring of Fire - Galloway

Saddleworth 10 Trigs
Scottish 4000’s
Six County Tops - Peak
Snowdonia Skyline
Snowdon to Pumlumon

South Pennine 39 Trigs
South Wales Traverse

Steve Parr Round

Tan Hill to Kirkstone Pass Inn
Tranter’s Round

Tyndrum Round
Upper Calder 13 Trigs
Wainwright 7 Summits

Wainwrights 30@30

Wicklow  Round
Yorkshire Round
Yorkshire 2000’s


More Challenges

Links & Articles

Sub-ultras (under 50 km)


Where there is a recorder please contact them to log your completion. In addition, or if there isn't a recorder, you are invited to share your experience on the gofar facebook page to encourage and inspire other runners to have a go!



All the routes on this site require proven mountain running experience. You undertake them entirely at your own risk. Please take full mountain safety precautions at all times.  Always ensure you carry sufficient clothing, food and equipment to cope with dramatic changes in the weather conditions!  Appropriate insurance cover is recommended.


The object of this website is to provide a single, ready source of information on the ultra-distance mountain challenges which have been developed over the past four or more decades. It now offers a diverse range of long and "short", old and recent, formal and informal routes from around the UK to encourage runners of all ages and abilities to have a go, subject to proven mountain experience in all conditions.




Please send details of any record-breaking runs and the like to Martin Stone who maintains records on behalf of the Fell Runners Association. Email:

Please also refer to the guidelines and definitions in the FRA Handbook.


If you can improve on the accuracy of this resource, spot any errors in grid references, names, heights, spelling or punctuation, or find a link which does not work please email Tony Wimbush.:

Similarly, if you wish to submit any new (or old) routes for inclusion see the contact page for the information and format that is required:. 

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