/ Longest view you've had in the UK?
Must be getting close to the theoretecial maximum view distance in the UK? http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:How_far_away_is_the_horizon.png
Snowdonia to the Lakes, or the Isle of Man must be well over that.
N Wales is regularly visible from the southern Lakes fell tops. Have also seen N Ireland from the Lakes as well. Not sure of distances.
Braes of Angus from The Cheviot and the long tail out to Wick right of Morven from Cairn Gorm. Pretty much the length of Scotland in two!
I saw Southern Ireland from Cadair Idris back in September last year, my friend Arny saw Penyfan from Arenig fawr also last year. The latter must have been a good 100 miles
I've been able to see the hills/mountains of Ireland from the tops of the Glyderau on a clear day - that's about 85 miles.
Yup, comes up from time to time.
I've still to better the Pentland Hills from Macdui which is about 80odd miles.
About 2 weeks I reckon ....... ;0)
I can actually see the sun on somedays too believe it or not , I think thats quite far away isn't it ?
Coniston Old Man to Carnedd llewelyn is 146Km or about 92 miles. (calc done using OS grid refs and pythagoras so might be slightly wrong)
On Hedgehope Hill in the Cheviots one winter we could see large snowy hills in the eastern Highlands. Compass bearing on the biggest one made it to be Ben y Ghlo. That's 182 km (113 miles) by Pythagoras from grid refs.
To extend the question, what's the longest view people have had worldwide? I once saw K2 (unmistakable!) from a mountain near Gilgit: 225 km/140 miles according to Google Earth coordinates.
> About 2 weeks I reckon ....... ;0)
> I can actually see the sun on somedays too believe it or not , I think thats quite far away isn't it ?
Longest claimed is here -
When I was on the Marmolada last year I was hoping to view some of the hills >200km away but unfortunately it was too hazy.
Five minutes usually. Then the clouds come back in!
The other Half. Ive been able to see her for nearly 21 years.
The view has changed but it is still beutiful.
Merrick to Snowdon is supposed to be the longest achievable view in the UK at 232 km.
Not the longest but maybe the widest: from the top of Winter Hill near Chorley you can see Liverpool, North Wales, Blackpool Tower and the South Lakes peninsulas.
> Merrick to Snowdon is supposed to be the longest achievable view in the UK at 232 km.
No reliable reported sightings, though!
This site is a good one for working out what is visible at what distance etc. http://www.udeuschle.selfhost.pro/panoramas/makepanoramas_en.htm
Interesting: Beinn Tarsuinn (NW of Wyvis) ought to be in the way, unless there were some strong refractive effects going on. Creag Meagaidh at 155km is the longest direct sightline from Ben Griam Mor.
> Creag Meagaidh at 155km is the longest direct sightline from Ben Griam Mor.
That's interesting because I was sure Creag Meagaidh was in the view too along with Ben Nevis. It was a very long way for sure and I could obviously be wrong, it just certainly looked like Nevis. How do you know CM is the furthest you can see from BGM?
Moel Famau to Northern Ireland a few years ago. Had to take a bearing and check from the 'big' map as we didn't believe it...
The Lake District from Snowdonia isn't uncommon.
That's according to http://www.udeuschle.selfhost.pro/panoramas/makepanoramas_en.htm
If you get a panorama from BGM on there, it marks the furthest visible point.
Flying south over Montrose on the east coast pieced together landmarks until the Cuillin on Skye could identified.
On a very clear January day a few years ago picked out Arthur's Seat in Edinburgh from Kerloch, a minor hill in Aberdeenshire.
And take a camera with long lens! I do wonder if refraction effects could be part of the story....
Not in a straight line but from the top of Chapel Carn Brea just outside Sennen you can see the whole of the Penwith peninsula from St Ives round to Lizard point. (and the Scillies)
I've heard that this is the longest stretch of coastline visible in the UK but I have no way of knowing if this is true.
> Not the longest but maybe the widest: from the top of Winter Hill near Chorley you can see Liverpool, North Wales, Blackpool Tower and the South Lakes peninsulas.
There was a similar thread on this last year - someone had taken a photo from the moors above Oldham and Tryfan was clearly visible.
i could have thrown a snowball from tiny normans law to ben more crianlarich on sunday -around 87 k . so the limit of what you can see is a lot more. ben nevis is also clearly visble from sgurr alasdair and ben macdui which are both just under 90 k.
One a really clear day you can see the Cheviot from one location near Quarrington Hill in County Durham at a distance 92km away. You are only 188m above sea level so it does need an exceptionally clear day. The Cheviot is also regularly visible from the moorland roads north of Stanhope, for example from Horseshoe Hill which is 76km away.
Probably so, but OP was talking about theoretical maximum for UK and that's it, I believe.
Yes, you're absolutely right!
Backed up by the panorama here - http://www.viewfinderpanoramas.org/panoramas/GRE/MACDUI.gif
(Distances are in miles not km despite what it says)
Looks quite tricky to get a solid ID, though: the surprisingly prominent top of Spartleton in the Lammermuirs lies in almost the same direction. A snowline above 500m would help, I guess.
Looking the other way (i.e from Cheviot) is even worse: only a tiny slice of Macdui is visible over the shoulder of Carn a'Gheoidh.
Maximum that I know of is 93 million miles though some stars may be further away...................
Back of our 'ouse - Darwen Tower to Isle o' Man - 100 miles (160 km in foreign) plus.
Scafell Pike to Snowdon - 100 miles plus.
I was at Kingshouse last November and I'm sure I could make out The Buichaille
Cheviot from Lochnagar.
At first I thought in possible but yeh I reckon st Kilda would be in a nice clear day. I could see it very clearly from the graham peak on Uist so must be visible from Skye.
Impressed you managed to recognise it over the W isles.
You can see Arran from Coatbridge. ( top of the hill at Greenhill Drumpark primary)
> Merrick to Snowdon is supposed to be the longest achievable view in the UK at 232 km.
Well it's certainly the longest view that I experienced on winter's day with stunning clarity. Not only the Galloway hills and the Lakes, but the Wicklow hills and the group of hills south of there.
Apparently from some place in the Brecon Beacons area, because there is no high ground inbetween, all the way to Moscow???
One day from the top of Pillar I could see across to Scotland to the North, the Pennines to the East, the Isle of Man to the West, and Snowdonia far to the South.
The Mourne from Coniston Old Man.
peakfinder also a good site where you can put in your own co-ordinates and get a sketchy view of the panorama from that point.
If you are a Dark Peak regular, however, you will probably find both sites a bit dishonest about the view from the top of Black Hill.
As others have, I've seen both the Pentlands and Morven from Ben Macdui.
Also, back in August I could clearly see the North Sea and the Atlantic (and Hebrides) from Beinn Dearg.
I've also seen St Kilda from Skye, not sure how far away that is, but lovely to see.
> On a really good night you can see the andromeda Galaxy - that's somewhat further.
Oh aye, on a recent visit to the Ling Hut I could see Andromeda on the Friday night... come Saturday morning there was no chance of seeing Liathach!
It is possible (at 106 miles), though Macdui is not very prominent in the view. Glas Maol appears as the highest hill in the Cairngorms from this direction. http://www.viewfinderpanoramas.org/panoramas/UPL/CULTER.GIF
Just under 100 miles from the Cuillin. http://www.viewfinderpanoramas.org/panoramas/ISL/SKYE_Alasdair.GIF
SMF doesn't seem to be visible from the summit of Ben Alder, though Ben Dearg is (at 70 miles)! http://www.viewfinderpanoramas.org/panoramas/GRW/ALDER.GIF
Arran from Scald Law is ~77 miles. http://www.viewfinderpanoramas.org/panoramas/UPL/SCALDLAW.GIF
That's interesting! Apart from the top of Slieve Croob to the north of the Mounres, they should be entirely hidden by the Isle of Man!
Just had a quick look on Google and it's 50 miles north of Cape Wrath. Its claim to fame if Wikipedia is to be believed is that it's the closest neighbour of the Faroe Islands and the remotest of the British Isles ever to have been inhabited on a long term basis.
May not be the longest view on the thread but I feel quite chuffed about it.
I can see the French coast, the cliffs at Cap Griz Nez from Fairlight hill on a good day which must be 30/40 miles. You can also see the headlights of cars in certain weather conditions.
Nice one. It is theoretically visible from most of the main hills north of Ullapool, and even as far south as An Teallach.
It was strange to see a small smudge on the horizon in a place where I was unaware of there being any land. Fortunately the chap I was with confirmed it though it did take a while to discover what it actually was.
One to treasure.
I based my observation that what I could see from Ben Alder was Sgurr Mor Fannaich, on the SMC Central Highlands Guide 5th edition p152. As described "Sgurr Mor.. stands out above Creag Meagaidh" 112Km. Interesting.
> Cheviot from Lochnagar.
Similarly a pal and I could see St Kilda - both main island groups quite distinctly - from the summit of Beinn Edra on the Trotternish ridge on 19 October 1999, a very clear day. Re Lochnagar views, the Cheviot could be seen from the summit on 18 April 1983 (suspect it's in view relatively often).
And rather frustratingly in retrospect, I've been up Merrick on an exceptionally clear day (5 September 1992), but although I can remember seeing Ireland and various Highland peaks (including Cruachan, at 93 miles according to JdF's panoramas), I can't remember looking for Wales. There wasn't any early snow, however, so chances are I'd have struggled to see Snowdon even had I looked.
70 odd miles.
Arthurs seat also visible which on a clear day is a great viewpoint.
Hi Iain, hope you're well. Macdui to Cheviot is a great spot - JdF gives it as 125 miles, which must be one of the longest views from any Scottish hill without Ireland coming into play.
It's interesting how marginal these long views can be. A friend and I once had a great snowy March day on the Coniston fells when from the Old Man a long line of the big hills in North Wales could be seen quite distinctly - we spent some time trying to identify what was what. We then wandered down to Goat's Hawse and up Dow with nothing apparently having changed in weather/light terms, but all the Welsh hills had now vanished despite our being slightly nearer and not much lower.
I've seen Betelgeuse from Stockport.
a couple of weeks ago I could see Black Combe in the southern Lake District from Hoylake on the Wirral, which isn't bad considering I was at sea level.
60 miles from sea level is exceptional but Peakfinder shows it to be possible in your example.
I could clearly see the Isle of Man and some stuff much further away than that. I assumed it was the Mourne.
The Isle of Man was so clear and close you could almost touch it.
Same on the top of Snowdon, winter 1984, the whole Welsh coast was laid out like a map.
If up there, it lines up nicely with the mast on Craigowl.
I've seen attack ships ablaze off the shoulder of Orion.
Possibly Snowdonia to the south, or the Mull of Galloway to the north.
> If up there, it lines up nicely with the mast on Craigowl.
Here's the output from Ulrich Deuschle's site:
The obvious distant summit directly behind Craigowl isn't the Cheviot, its Spartleton! A very thin sliver of the Cheviot is theoretically visible from Carn an t-Sagairt Mor but it lies on a bearing approx. 2 degrees further east.
I'm beginning to wonder if this is a common case of mistaken identity in views from the Cairngorms....
Pentlands were very clear from lochnagar yesterday. Need to have a good look through the zoomed I'm photos to see what else might have been viewable.
I reckon I do have a bona-fide photo of the Cheviot from Lochnagar. Theres a very faint outline of a hill in exactly the right spot for it in one of my shots.
I took a photograph at the time and it matches the panorama exactly - including the unrecognised at the time Cheviot. That was behind the other mast near Dundee. Meanwhile to the north, it was claggy.
View from Carn an t-Sagairt Mor. Bulge in the right place, but I did not spot the signifigance yesterday - fooled by Spartleton, a hill I see nearly every day.
I've seen the low hills east of strangford lough from st bees, in the space between the isle of man and the mull of galloway. Initially i'd assumed it was the mournes, considering the distances involved, until i checked a map. I reckon you've done exactly the same.
The caithness hills can be seen from the top of the cliffs at rosehearty on a good day.
OK, ta. It is a long view.
It's interesting to come across precise dates for these great-view days. I've recently been writing a piece on the late Clem Clements (early Munroist, astronomer, hill-list compiler, lovely bloke), which will appear in the next Marilyns newsletter. During the research I re-read all of Clem's letters to me, and one included mention of Boxing Day 1944, when from Cader Idris he could see the Wicklow hills at 105 miles, along with some Lakes fells at 130 miles. Clem said it was “indelibly etched on my mind more clearly than hundreds of other mountain views since”.
Incidentally, it's not a long view at all, but the time I climbed Beinn na Lice at the foot of the Kintyre peninsula it felt odd to see the glint of car windscreens across in Northern Ireland.
> I've seen attack ships ablaze off the shoulder of Orion.
All these things will be lost like munros in the haze?
> I've seen attack ships ablaze off the shoulder of Orion.
C-beams glittering in the dark by Hadrian's Wall Direct?
Here's a panorama I took a few years ago from Ben MacDui. Ben Hope is very clear at just under 100 miles.
Cracking picture! Our paths must have crossed as I was up there too on that day but didnt think to point the camera in that direction as the inversion was too distracting.
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