The Scottish Mountaineering Club (SMC) have confirmed that Beinn a’Chaidheimh has been demoted from Munro to Corbett status, in a story broken by Dave Hewitt on Grough, which has been confirmed to Walkhighlands by the SMC. This follows a survey carried out by the Munro Society back in August last year, which found that height of the hill to be 913.96m, just short of the 914.4m needed for Munro status. The SMC initially responded in a website statement to that “bearing in mind the marginality of these measurements, the SMC has undertaken to consider the implications for Munros and Corbetts Tables when the Ordnance Survey update their maps of the area,” and that “We need hardly add that anyone who walks the mountains and hills of Scotland out of a love for their ambience, will continue to appreciate this fine mountain, whether it be classified as a Munro or a Corbett. For the moment at least, Beinn a’Chlaideimh remains in Munro’s Tables®.”
The Ordnance Survey confirmed the new height in its latest maps, but still there was no official statement from the SMC. The wait was finally ended when Harvey Maps requested the SMC to confirm the status of the peak for a new edition of their popular hill-bagging map. It was then confirmed that the peak should now be regarded as a Corbett.
Rab Anderson, Editor of the SMC Hillwalkers Guides, told Walkhighlands on Thursday 6 September, “Since we work on information from the OS and they have confirmed that they are happy with the new height and shown it on their mapping, then we accept it.
“As Editor of SMC Hillwalkers’ Guidebooks I will therefore be removing Beinn a’ Chlaidheimh from The Munros book when we next revise this and adding it to The Corbetts book. Our Website will reflect this in due course, as will Munros Tables.”
Walkhighlands will update all users’ Munro- and Corbett-bagging maps and totals automatically to reflect the new status. Beinn a’Chlaidheimh again becomes a Corbett, a status it had previously held until 1974 when it had been promoted to become a Munro.
UPDATE: The Walkhighlands site has now been fully updated to take into account the new status of Beinn a’Chlaidheimh.