The Legacy of Hugh Munro

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In 1890, armed with Ordinance Survey maps, Admiralty charts, and an aneroid barometer, 34 year old Hugh Munro, an enthusiastic and seasoned hillwalker set out to chart Scotland’s highest peaks.

Since the publication of Hugh’s results in 1891 the term ‘Munros’ has been used to describe Scotland’s mountains of 3,000 feet and over.

This year will mark the 100th anniversary of the death of Sir Hugh Munro, the man who gave his name to Scotland’s highest This exhibition charts the men and women who have found adventure, friendship and personal triumph at 3,000 feet. mountains. Through an exhibition of photography, objects and archives, The Munro Society will present the fascinating story of one our greatest mountaineers.

From the early pioneers and first ‘completers’ to modern day milestones this exhibition charts the men and women who have found adventure, friendship and personal triumph at 3,000 feet.

The display will also explore the impact that humankind has had on these mountains over the years and the changes that have further shaped our landscape and the way we view it.

The Munro Society archive is held at the AK Bell Library, Perth and the Legacy of Hugh Munro exhibition will be on display there from 5th March to 18th May 2019.

Walkers and climbers of all ages and abilities from across the globe are drawn to the beauty and challenges of the Scottish mountains.

Many of these enthusiasts will have climbed the likes of Ben Nevis, Ben Lomond and Aonach Mor without even realising they were climbing a ‘Munro’. Others are well aware of the status of these peaks and, so far, over 6,000 ‘Munro baggers’ have undertaken to climb all 282 Munros.


The Munro Society was established in 2000 with the purpose of bringing together all those who have successfully completed a round of Munros. Through shared experiences of hillwalking in Scotland, and around the world, its members are in a strong position to advocate for the continued protection of, and access to, all Scottish mountains.

Despite giving name to this group of mountains Sir Hugh Munro never managed to ‘bag’ them all. He died at the age of 63 with two ‘Munros’ left to climb. 2019 marks the 100th anniversary of Sir Hugh Munro’s death and The Munro Society is delighted to present an exhibition celebrating the work and legacy of this prolific mountaineer.

Whether you are a seasoned Munroist or someone who enjoys the great outdoors, The Munro Legacy will show you the wonderful world that lies on your doorstep.


Find out more on The Legacy of Hugh Munro Exhibition at AK Bell Library, Perth from 5th March to 18th May 2019

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