Walking in the Angus Glens

By James Carron

A guidebook to 30 walks in the Angus Glens; north of Dundee and south of the Cairngorms. Covering the five Glens of Isla, Prosen, Clova, Lethnot and Esk with routes for competent walkers to explore remote upland areas. From 6 to 25km, the walks visit Munro peaks, glacial valleys, craggy corries, forests and lochs, and treat you to fabulous views.



routes and timings are based on summer conditions but many of the routes offer good winter hikes if properly equipped and experienced


Forfar, Kirriemuir, Edzell and Brechin are gateways to the glens while the city of Dundee is within easy reach


a range of moderate to challenging hill and mountain walks, most circular, suitable for competent hillwalkers all graded according to difficulty and the majority following established paths and tracks; no special equipment is needed
Must See

Must See

Glen Isla, Glen Prosen, Glen Clova (including Glen Doll), Glen Lethnot and Glen Esk; Munros: Glas Maol, Creag Leacach, Broad Cairn, Cairn Bannoch, Tolmount, Tom Buidhe, Driesh, Mayar and Mount Keen; famous rights of way including Jock's Road, Capel Mounth and Monega Road
11 Jun 2013
17.2 x 11.6 x 1.2cm
  • Overview

    This walking guidebook explores the five main glens of Angus – Isla, Prosen, Clova, Lethnot and Esk – stretch from the fertile plains of Strathmore up to the southern ranges of the Cairngorms National Park in 30 routes ranging from 6 to 25km (4 to 15.5 miles). Each glen offers spectacular walking, Munros, remote landscape, deep lochs and quiet, often crowd-free day-long adventures.

    Glen Clova is the most popular of the Angus glens, offering a number of Munros for the discerning peak-bagger. Also on offer here are a number of less well-trod paths; ancient stalkers’ paths and drove routes providing ways through and over the hills.

    Glen Prosen is a sparsely populated valley, and the line of low hills separating Prosen from Clova is one of the area’s finest ridge walks.

    Glen Isla is a land of contrasts, with gently undulating slopes and rough pasture in the south, and a wilder, craggy north with the summits of Glas Maol and Creag Leacach.

    Glen Lethnot is the least visited of the Angus glens, wild and lonely with tempting tracks and paths.

    Glen Esk contains a network of ancient byways that are now the preserve of walkers and backpackers, with a number of mountains worthy of ascent.

    Although the area is rugged, remote and crowd-free it is still easily accessible for walkers and this guidebook offers a wide range of circular and linear routes with which to explore. You’ll need a basic level of hillwalking experience, and the ability to navigate confidently using a map and compass. While the majority of walks follow established tracks, some routes do contain sections that cross open ground with indistinct paths and few landmarks. As such, navigational skills are essential for these routes.

    • 26 circular day walks and 4 linear walks along the historic Mounth Roads that cross between the glens
    • illustrated with OS map extracts
    • historic and geological points of interest highlighted in every route

    For further informatin about this guidebook, and the area it covers, check out author James Carron's dedicated website www.walkangus.com.

  • Contents

    Plants and flowers
    Heritage paths and history
    Deciphering place names
    Hill tables
    Planning and preparation
    Essential equipment
    First aid
    Getting there and where to stay
    Public transport
    Access: Rights and responsibilities
    Using this guide
    Glen Isla
    Walk 1 Monega Hill, Glas Maol, Creag Leacach and Monamenach
    Walk 2 Badandun Hill
    Walk 3 Mount Blair
    Walk 4 Mealna Letter
    Walk 5 Craigie Thieves
    Walk 6 Corwharn and Milldewan Hill
    Walk 7 Craigie Law and Crock
    Glen Prosen
    Walk 8 Tulloch Hill, The Goal and Hill of Couternach
    Walk 9 Cat Law and Long Goat
    Walk 10 Knachly and Hill of Spott
    Walk 11 Hill of Strone and Driesh
    Glen Clova
    Walk 12 Broad Cairn and Cairn Bannoch
    Walk 13 Tolmount and Tom Buidhe
    Walk 14 Driesh and Mayar
    Walk 15 Cairn Broadlands and Craig Mellon
    Walk 16 Ferrowie and Lair of Aldararie
    Walk 17 Ben Tirran
    Walk 18 Green Hill, Boustie Ley and Ben Reid
    Walk 19 Dog Hillock, Finbracks and Manywee
    Glen Lethnot
    Walk 20 Hill of Glansie
    Walk 21 Tamhilt and Hill of Mondurran
    Walk 22 Hill of Wirren and East Wirren
    Glen Esk
    Walk 23 Mount Battock and Mount Een
    Walk 24 Hill of Cat and Hill of Gairney
    Walk 25 Mount Keen
    Walk 26 Craig Maskeldie and Hunt Hill
    Mounth Roads
    Walk 27 Capel Mounth
    Walk 28 Tolmounth
    Walk 29 Firmounth
    Walk 30 Mounth

    Appendix A Walk summary table
    Appendix B Useful contacts

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    November 2014

    Walk 10 Knachly and Hill of Spott

    It is not possible to complete this walk as the gate referred to on page 80 just below the summit of Hill of Spott is padlocked. The gate is too tall to climb and is part of a deer fence that also cannot be climbed.

    with thanks to Mick Flinn

    April 2014

    Page 72 - A new deer fence has been erected in Glen Cally preventing walkers crossing the stream joining a grassy track. Turn right to follow the fence line on the east side of the stream about 250 m northwards to reach the end of the deer fence where a left turn up a short climb provides access to a gate in the fence and enables the original route to be re-gained without difficulty.
    with thanks to Gill Pell

    March 2014

    Scotways has renewed the signs at the start of the walk and the forest road followed at the outset is now signed for 'Forter'.

    While not affecting the integrity of the walk, the Forestry Commission has felled a large portion of its plantation on the western side of Crock, altering the outlook at points along the route. The work is scheduled for completion in spring 2014.

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James Carron

Based in Dundee, James Carron holds an enduring love for the Angus Glens. He also makes regular forays overseas and adores hiking in Eastern Europe. A freelance writer specialising in outdoor pursuits, he has written several walking guidebooks and is a regular contributor to outdoor magazines.

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