Munros are mountains in Scotland with a height of over 3000 feet (914.4 metres), and are named after Sir Hugh Munro, 4th Baronet of Lindertis.
Sir Hugh was a keen mountaineer and a founding member of the Scottish Mountaineering Club, created in 1889. In September 1891 he published a list, known as Munro’s Tables, of 283 Scottish mountains over 3000 feet in the 6th issue of the Scottish Mountaineering Club Journal. Prior to this 19th century estimates at the number of peaks of that height ranged from 31 to 236.
He also listed a further 255 “tops” or secondary summits not considered mountains in their own right due to their proximity to higher peaks without sufficient separation between them.
Over the years the list has been revised several times by the Scottish Mountaineering Club, most recently in 2012, and now consists of 282 Munros and 227 tops.
The practice of attempting to climb all of the Munros is known as Munro-bagging.