Top Gear season 26 launched on Sunday night (February 17th) with Gurlet Hill the centre of attention.

The brand new episode was split up into several stylish segments, although it was the summit of Gurlet Hill that felt most typically Top Gear-ish.

Rory Reid challenged German driver Sabine Schmitz as the pair turned a hill into a mountain during a race to the top – here’s what we mean by that!

Top Gear series 26 – ep 1
Photographer: Roderick Fountain

Where is Gurlet Hill?

Gurlet Hill is located in Scotland.

It’s close to Pitlochry, Perth and Kinross, which is almost bang in the middle of the country.

Is it a Mountain? Or a Hill?

As they pointed out in Top Gear, Gurlet Hill is two-feet away from the classification of a mountain, according to the official Ordnance Survey.

That’s why Rory and Sabine set about stacking a small collection of rocks on top of the hill.

In Top Gear 2019 episode 1, this bad boy became a mountain!

Top Gear series 26 - ep 1
Top Gear series 26 – ep 1
Photographer: Gus Gregory

How High is Gurlet Hill?

According to (riveting sounding website), Gurlet Hill is 609 metres high (1998 ft).

The classification for a mountain in the UK is literally 610 metres!

The highest mountain in the UK is Ben Nevis, standing at 1,345 m, while the world’s highest mountain, Everest, is a colossal 8,845 from bottom to top.

Top Gear: Season 27

Matt LeBlanc will continue to present Top Gear for season 26.

However, the 51-year-old has confirmed that this will be his last series on the show because he can’t commit to the level of work and travel.

Former England international cricketer Freddie Flintoff and TV presenter Paddy McGuinness have been confirmed to take over the reins in 2020.


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