SCOTLAND’s highest summit has been crowned the "world’s best mountain peak", according to a new study.

The study, conducted by Slingo, looked at how many people had climbed each mountain.

Ben Nevis came top of the list, with over 1000 ascents.

It also looked at the number of natural adventure spots including volcanoes, coral reefs, mountain ascents and waterfalls to reveal the best countries to visit for an adventure holiday. 

The study said: “Ben Nevis can be a challenging climb, being the tallest mountain in Britain. However, anyone who is in good physical condition can make it to the peak. With over 1000 ascents you will be able to find the ideal climb for your abilities. 

"Many mountains have tens if not hundreds of access points where you can make your ascent, so you can always find the best route based on your skill set and how long you want your journey to take."

Ben Nevis, the tallest point in the UK, reaches 1345 metres above sea level and is the highest land in any direction for 459 miles.

Kilimanjaro, Pico de Orizaba, and Mont Blanc also featured in the list.

The research also revealed:

  • Indonesia is home to 17.95% of the Earth's coral reefs, followed closely by Australia with 17.22% (48,960 km2). 
  • Australia is home to the most national parks in the world, totalling 685.
  • The USA has the most volcanoes in the world, with 162 across all 50 states. The country is home to over 10% of the world’s potentially active volcanoes. 
  • Norway is home to 78 of the world’s longest waterfalls, the highest total of any country. Vinnufallet is the tallest waterfall in Norway falling over 800 metres. 

Here is the full list of the world’s best mountain peaks:

  1. Scotland, Ben Nevis          
  2. Tanzania, Kilimanjaro       
  3. Mexico, Pico de Orizaba 
  4. France, Mont Blanc                     
  5. Italy, Mont Blanc                     
  6. Germany, Zugspitze           
  7. Japan, Fuji-san Japanese Archipelago   
  8. Australia, Mount Kosciuszko         
  9. Czech Republic, Sněžka
  10. Ireland, Carrauntoohil   


The ranking was concluded by analysing the number of ascents recorded from