Sgurr nan Ceannaichean. Photo Nick Bramhall

Sgurr nan Ceannaichean. Photo Nick Bramhall

So, it’s official: Scotland has one fewer munro. There are now only 283 of the 3,000-footers to bag, and those walkers who slogged up Sgurr nan Ceannaichean, near Achnasheen, have reason to feel a little miffed.

The mountain formerly graced the Ordnance Survey maps at 915m, just beating the metric munro equivalent of 914.4m. But, following scrutiny by amateur hill sleuths John Barnard and Graham Jackson, it will be demoted to the ranks of the corbetts, junior cousins of the Scottish mountain aristocracy.

The mountain has failed to measure up to munro status and now joins the other 220 corbetts that can’t reach the magic 3,000ft height.

Sgurr nan Ceannaichean was surveyed at 913m by the pair’s ultra-accurate Global Positioning System apparatus.

The announcement was made at a press conference this afternoon at the Kincaid House Hotel in Milton of Campsie, hosted by Barnard and Jackson. The Ordnance Survey has verified the changes, which just leaves the Scottish Mountaineering Club to change its ‘official’ list.

The survey was commissioned by the Munro Society, which is an organisation set up in 2002 for those who have completed the full round of munros, named after Sir Hugh Munro, the original chronicler of the lists.