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Dec 11

Mountain Day

Ben Dubh (The Black Mount)
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Glencoe Starscape
photo by Grant Glendinning
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"The birth-place of Valour,
the country of Worth;
Wherever I wander, wherever I rove,
The hills of the Highlands forever I love."

~ “My Heart’s in the Highlands”, Robert Burns (1759-1796)

Scotland's mountain peaks are categorised by heights and other criteria into groups with the following colourful names: Munros, Corbetts, Grahams, Donalds, and Marilyns! In a bit of classification whimsy, the "Marilyn" classification (defined as peaks with a prominence above 150 m, regardless of height) was created by Alan Dawson in his 1992 book, The Relative Hills of Britain, as a punning contrast to the Munro classification (defined as Scottish mountains above 3,000 feet, 914.4 m), being homophonous with the name of iconic actress (Marilyn) Monroe. As of October 2018, there were 2,011 Marilyns in the British Isles, with 1,219 Marilyns in Scotland, including 202 of the 282 Scottish Munros; Munros with a Marilyn-prominence are sometimes called Real Munros.

December 11th, Mountain Day, is observed every year to create awareness about the importance of mountains to life and to build alliances that will bring positive change to mountain peoples and environments around the world.

The Black Mount is a mountain range located in Argyll and Bute, Scotland, situated between Glen Orchy and Glen Coe. Its four Munros (mountains with a height over 3000 ft) include Stob Ghabha "Goat's Peak", Stob a' Choire Odhair "Peak of the Dun colored Corrie", Creise (possibly meaning "grease" or "fat" referring to the rich grazing land for fattening cattle), and Meall a' Bhuiridh "Hill of the Roaring".

The mountain-inspired tartan is unusual for the combination of two shades of black which form a tartan pattern by a special weaving technique. 

The photograph, "Glencoe Starscape," features the snow capped Black Mount mountain range. Recognizable stars in this image include Sirius, the brightest star in the night sky (at the bottom left) and the constellation of Orion, including the Orion nebula.

For more spectacular photographs of the Scottish skyscape and landscape by photographer Grant Glendinning,  click the photo.