The Cairngorm Munros (Rigby Round)                       Scotland

To many the Cairngorms represent an area of unique and unsurpassed wilderness. Nowhere in Great Britain can you stay so high for so long as their arctic-like plateaux roll on for miles before you. The spirit of this wild landscape appears to have cast its own magic spell by inspiring a tradition of true adventure running. In contrast to most other runs it is suggested that the route is completed solo and unsupported and, ideally, there should be no prior reconnoitre! The inaugural round was by Mark Rigby on 24-25 July 1988 in 22-44 ticking off 17 Munros in 75 miles with 19,000 feet of ascent during some horrendous weather. Since then Angel Peak has been elevated to Munro status and there as been steady stream of notable completions - see completions log.

The round, as you may expect, is an informal affair. It may be completed in either direction and, as there are significant route options, the peaks can be visited in any order. In addition, as already mentioned, it has by tradition, become an on-sight, solo run, without support. There is no time limit although 24 hours will be the obvious target for most runners.  Future contenders may find Rob Woodall’s recent report and recommended route helpful – see below. If anyone ever feels completions are becoming too commonplace Rob suggests there is scope for extending the round by taking up Mark Rigby's rather wry proposal: "Purists might even add in all the 'tops'. No prior recce's allowed though!" !!




Note: The route illustrated above is Mark Rigby's original 17 Munro round. Angel Peak (Sgurr an Lochain Uaine) was excluded but is shown as peak 18 as it now has Munro status.


Mark Rigby's schedule - The link to the Scottish Hill Runners website below provides a schedule for Mark Rigby's 17 Munros. Note that some two hours were spent sheltering in bothies and a faulty watch meant some of the later times were estimated. It also excludes Angel Peak which was not a Munro at that time.

Rob Woodall's schedule - The report below includes a schedule for Rob Woodall's route of 18 Munros. 

Use the schedules in conjunction with OS Explorer Map 403, Cairn Gorm and Aviemore (1:25 000).


Finishers are invited to add their name to the completions log - enquiries and reports to

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
Ultras by Region

Completion Logs & Records

Route Index

​Abraham's Tea Round

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
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

Saddleworth  10 Trigs

Ring of Fire - Galloway
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


Other  Ultras



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 three 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.



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