The Eastern Glens

7th and 8th of July 2005

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North of Dundee and West of Aberdeen is an area of mostly gentle hills a few of which roll up above the 3000 foot contour and attain Munro status. Driesh and Mayar lie overlooking Glen Doll which itself lies at the head of Glen Clova so from Dundee there is some distance to drive on narrow lanes to reach the traditionally inseparable Munro twins. I stayed at the Steading Bunkhouse hostel of the Glen Clova Hotel the night before my walk. I made my way up there from Sheffield taking the alternative route via the A1 and Forth Bridge as there was a protest blocking my habitual route via the M9.

My car was the first in the Forestry Commision car park and I set off along Jock's Road through the trees in Glen Doll and then into Corrie Fee and the open space of the Caenlochan Nature Reserve to climb up beside the Fee Burn onto the open moor and the summit of Mayar. From there a gentle descent and stiffer reascent leads to Driesh some 3 km away to the East. I returned to the car park by way of the excellent Kilbo path down the Shank of Drumfollow into the cool of the forest, a welcome respite from the sun. The warm weather meant I walked at a leisurely pace taking seven hours over the 16 km walk.

The next day I made the long out and in drive from Glen Clova to Glen Esk to walk from the end of the road up Glen Mark past The Queen's Well following the Mounth Road almost to the summit of Mount Keen.

Being reluctant to do a simple out and back walk I struck off over the mostly trackless shoulder of Braid Cairn to find a landrover track leading over Round Hill into Glas Coire and down to Invermark.