The difference between a hill and a mountain

Here is an simple infographic of the definition of a hill and a mountain that I found on the internet. I realise it’s not always easy to be definitive about the difference between the two, but I generally like to use 3,000 feet as the dividing line between the two, the same height used by the Sir Hugh Munro in 1891 when he devised his list of Scottish mountains – lower and it’s a hill – higher and it’s a mountain. Chris Fawkes generally makes no distinction between the two, in fact in his broadcast today he just called them all hills, which living in Scotland infuriates me. But then he seems to have a knack of doing this with me anyway, because he normally ends up each of his broadcasts with that annoying catchphrase “and that’s your forecast”. I sometimes think it would be a good idea if all weather presenters spent a day on one of them, preferably in winter, just to get an appreciation of the difference between the two. Here’s a quick look at where all the real mountains are across IONA:

Hills >= 3,000 feet Hills >= 2,000 feet Hills >= 1,000 feet
Data from the Database of British and Irish Hills

And finally here’s a picture of one of those hills that Chris Fawkes likes to go on about.

An Teallach 1062 Metres

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