A hill is classified as a Furth if it is a hill outwith Scotland of at least 3000 feet in height (914.4m) as listed, curiously enough, by the Scottish Mountaineering Club (SMC).
It's essentially the equivalent to Munros and Munro Tops for the rest of Great Britain and Ireland and the name is really a shortening of "furth Munro" or "furth Munro Top" because "furth" is a Scots English word for "outside" or "outwith" (another primarily Scots English word), in this case outwith Scotland1.
Two Furths, Ill Crag and Broad Crag, would only qualify as Munro Tops in Scotland and not full Munros as they do not have enough "drop off" between them.
There are currently
6 in England,
15 in Wales, and
13 in Ireland
but as revisions to the list are still ongoing, mainly as a result of more accurate surveying this may change.
Click on any Furth on the map below to find out more about it (the two "tops" are shown in purple) or search our database using the hill finder:
David Stone has extended this classification scheme to define other classes of Furth based on Scottish hill criteria e.g. Furth Murdos and Furth Corbetts. We have a copy of his booklet on this available online (Adobe PDF, 223KB).
WalkLakes recognises that hill walking, or walking in the mountains, is an activity with a danger of personal injury or death.
Participants in these activities should be aware of and accept these risks and be responsible for their own actions.