Glen Clova and Glen Esk
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Travel
Apparently a postbus service exists from Kirriemuir to Glen Clova. This reaches Glen Clova Hotel at around 10.30am and heads back about an hour later.

Scottish Citylink provides a service to Forfar which is the most convenient place from which to reach Glen Doll.


Driesh as seen from the head of Glen Clova


Glen Clova
Glen Doll is in the South Eastern Grampians. The river in Glen Doll drains into Glen Clova, which extends out south eastwards to the flatter country on the coast of Angus. It is therefore a long drive to reach other parts of the Scottish Highlands. Most of the available walks are hence confined within the glen. There are six munros that can be reached with relative ease from this glen along with one Corbett.


Glas Moal as seen from Mayar


Driesh as seen from near Jocks Road

Driesh seen from Mayar
Glen Clova topographical map

Mayar and Driesh
The most obvious hills to climb include Mayar and Driesh on the southern side of the Glen. These summits include an ascent through fine corries to reach the extensive plateau high up. The summits by themselves involve a relaxed walk. This can be extended, however, by walking out across vast plateaux to climb the summits of Tolmount and Tom Bhuide before descending via Jocks Road to the glen.

The hills of the White Mounth to the north(which includes some Lochnagar summits) can also be climbed. They are also ascended via Jocks road and include some extensive high plateau crossings. A great place for cross country skiing. The munros of Broad Cairn and Cairn Bannoch are the most accessible summits to the north.

Ben Tirran
At 896m, this mountain provides some beautiful corries that are filled by lochs. As such it is probably the best hill to climb in the area. The ridge is a broad whaleback ridge that runs southeast to northwest. From the summit of Ben Tirran (The Goet), the views along to the the other corries are particularly fine, as is the view looking up Glen Doll to Mayar and Driesh on the other side. To the northwest, Lochnagar features prominently but appears very distant. Mount Keen to the northeast also draws the eye.

Access is typically made up from the Adielin Plantation on the north Glen Clova Road where a path is followed to a bigger track just above the plantation. This track degrades to a large path and is followed to a point above Loch Wharral, where it splits into smaller, but well worn paths. The terrain becomes more cropped and then you reach the summit. Here you meet a double electric fence, that essentially follows the ridge line.


Looking northwest into Glen Clova
 

The Lochnagar hills rising north of Ben Tirran
 

The corries of Lochs Wharral and Brandy
seen from Ben Tirran

From the summit, the walk can be ecxtended northwestwards to rather imaginatively named summits including Green Hill, Benty Roads, Boustie Ley and Lair of Whitestone. All along their south sides are scenic corries . Paths can be followed down to Loch Brandy and then down to Clova.

Glen Esk & Glen Tanar
The drive up Glen Esk is a long one. From the B966, the end of the road lies 15miles away at Invermark. Mount Keen is most easily accessible from the top of Glen Esk at Invermark and Mount Battock is best accessed from Tarfside. Both summits are worthy of note, Mount Keen being the most easterly munro while the other is noted as being the most easterly Corbett.


Looking up Glen Mark
 

Mount Keen seen from Ben Tirran
to the southwest

Mount Keen
The walk to Mount Keen takes a 3km walk up a track in Glen Mark to the Queens Well, an interesting structure. Beyond Glen Mark Cottage, the landrover track leaves Glen Mark continues to ascend quite steeply up the slopes of Ladder Burn to the plateu above where Mount Keen reveals itself fully as a gentle summit dome. The landrover track continues up to the 670m conotur where a very well contructed path branches off the track to ascend Mount Keen. The path is in excellent condition right up until the boulder fields that occupy the last 100m of slope. It is probably one of the few munros that you can cycle up nearly all the way to its summit.


Mount Keen seen from the Ballater approach
at Lach na Gualainn

Looking north from Mount Keen back
down the path to Glen Tanar

The alternative route to Mount Keen is from the north, where the mountain rises steeply from the upper reaches of heather clad Glen Tanar. A well worn path makes the final ascent up to the summit from the waters of the Glen. The approach to this point can either be made from Glen Tanar house or Ballater. The approach along Glen Tanar is spent following a very good track for 11km where most of the route is spent immersed in the Forest of Glen Tanar.


The faint path from Ballater at Lach na Gualainn

Looking out from Mount Keen to the Cairngorms with Lochnagar on the left

The approach from Ballater is more varied, but longer and also follows a good moorland track initially to the first ridgeline. Here the second juction on the ridge sees another track on the left followed for 1km before branching off to follow a path that is faint at times. This path is followed over a second ridgeline where Mount Keen comes into view and the path is followed down to the upper reaches of Glen Tanar.

Glen Isla
Glen Isla is a little known glen that lies just east of Glen Shee and two glens west of Glen Clova. Running north to south, it's public road doesn't penetrate far into the mountains. At the end of the glen lies two deep corries known as Caenlochan Glen and Canness Glen. Some of the cliffs here rise 150m. Beyond these corries lie the munros that are typically associated with eastern Glen Shee, though from this angle they look somewhat more impressive.


Finalty Hill in Glen Isla

Monamanach
At 807m, this Corbett is an easy half day for climbing from Glen Isla. It offers a good view of the eastern Glen Shee summits, along with the perthshire lowlands. The hill is easily reached from Auchavan farm where a landrover track is followed upto the 600m contour from where you follow a continuing fence upto the summit.