Hills & Mountains
The Angus Glens
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The Five Glens of Angus are the five Highland glens located in the western portion of the Angus region of Scotland. They are, from west to east: Glenisla, Glen Prosen, Glen Clova, Glen Lethnot and Glenesk and much of the adjacent area is of prime agricultural land.
Loch of Lintrathen
Loch of Kinnordy
The RSPB Loch Kinnordy Reserve lies 1.5 miles (2.4km) west of Kirriemuir, beside the B951 road to Glen Isla. Apart from the small car park, information board and three hides overlooking the loch itself there are no other facilities. Admission is free although donations are welcome.
The middle hide, known as `The Gullery`, takes its name from the Black-headed Gulls that nest on the vegetation-covered islets in front of it. In years gone by, almost 7,000 thousand pairs bred here but nowadays numbers are greatly reduced.
The location is particularly scenic, especially on still days when shallow Loch Kinnordy mirrors the surrounding landscape. It lies in a natural basin surrounded by nutrient-rich farmland and consequently attracts a wide variety of wildlife including roe deer, red squirrels and otters.
Various species of duck are usually present as are Coot, Moorhen, Heron and Water Rail. Ospreys are frequent visitors during the summer months. Whooper Swans and several species of geese join the waders and waterfowl in winter. Brambling can often be seen at this time of year too, along with Redwing and Chaffinch and several tit species make good use of the feeders. Great Spotted Woodpeckers are present year round.
Glen Prosen info*
Village / church info*
Glen Clova is the most famous and of the Angus Glens and consequently sees the most visitors. It runs for almost 29 km (18 miles) north, then northwest from Kirriemuir before it meets the southern end of Glendoll which continues to push further into the Cairngorms. Weather permitting, the mountain scenery becomes grander as you head for the large car park at the Glen Clova Hotel with 3,000 footers Dreish and Mayar in the distance, seemingly barring any progress further northward.
BEN TIRRAN (896m)
Glen Doll info*
I only took a few shots when I made my one and only ascent of these two Munros (Dreish and Mayar) and the slides have since been binned. (*to edit). etc
I visited the area for the second time on Saturday 16 September 2017 which, by chance coincided with the Glen Clova Extreme Duathlon. Competitors set-off on bikes from the Glen Clova Hotel, cycled for 27km then climbed and crossed Dreish and Mayar on foot, a distance of 14km then at the foot of these Munros got back on their bikes for a 6 km bike ride back to the START/FINISH LINE, all with a cut-off time of 8 hours.
This glen, hidden away behind a maze of country roads to the northwest of Brechin is the least visited of the five Angus glens and I`ve still to check it out. In years gone by, the local burn was used by local distillers who concealed their illicit stills in the mountain corries and the track here is still known as the Whisky Trail.
Glen Shee is covered in the Drumochter to Braemar section: Click here to view.