Mountain range in north central Scotland that includes Ben Nevis
, the highest mountain in the British Isles at 1,343 m/4,406 ft, and the Cairngorm Mountains, which include the second highest mountain, Ben Macdhui
1,309 m/4,295 ft. The region includes Aviemore, a winter holiday and sports centre.
The mountains are composed of granite, gneiss, quartzite, marble, and schists. The chief river flowing from the watershed north is the Spey; those flowing east are the Don and the Dee; those flowing south are the Esk and the Tay.
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