Climbing & Walking
Beyond the Glen Clova Hotel the glen closes in more. The highest points above the glen are Driesh (947m) on the west and The Goet on Ben Tirran (896m) on the east. The hotel itself is at an altitude of about 220m (700ft).
If you would like to find out more about the area, a visit to the Gateway to the Glens’ Museum in Kirriemuir is recommended. The museum contains fascinating displays and information, and books of local interest are on sale. You can also find more information about Angus here.
Maps For Climbing & Walking in Scotland
The area described on this site is covered by OS Landranger sheet 44 (Ballater & Glen Clova) and Explorer sheet 388 (Lochnagar, Glen Muick and Glen Clova), and one of these maps should be taken with you on all but the lowlevel walks. These maps are usually available at the hotel. The map in this leaflet shows the general line of the routes described, but is not detailed enough to be a safety aid on its own for the medium or higher level walks.
The weather in Scotland can change quite suddenly – not for nothing is it sometimes said that you can experience four seasons in a day! On all but the shortest walks, therefore, you should take with you a rucksack with waterproofs, a fleece or sweater, hat and gloves, and some food and a drink. You should also wear good walking boots or strong shoes. Carry a map as listed above, and also a compass, and know how to use them, as mist can descend rapidly in the hills. Leave word at the hotel as to your route and when you expect to be back, and your mobile phone number if you are carrying one. These notes are not meant to alarm you, but are sensible safety precautions aimed at giving you that little bit of security you may need.
Harmony in the Hills
There is an excellent tradition of mutual respect and co-operation between farmers, landowners and walkers in Scotland which we wish to encourage. A few notes on certain aspects of land use may therefore be helpful. In general, please remember that farming, shooting and stalking are all economically important to the area.
Hill lambing takes place from mid March to May in Angus. At this time please keep to paths across livestock fields, and if possible, please don’t take dogs into fields where there are sheep and young lambs. The presence of a dog is worrying to ewes, and a pregnant ewe can abort if chased.
Similar advice applies to areas where in spring there may be cattle with young calves. A mother cow is very protective and dogs are again a hazard in this situation. If you walk quietly and calmly through livestock areas you should have no problems.
Grouse shooting takes place on the Angus hills from 12 August to December, the main activity being from August to October. The hotel will be able to advise you if grouse shooting is taking place, and which areas you should try to avoid.
The same applies to the stalking of red deer stags. This is an essential part of deer management, and is carried out from mid-August to late October. Again, advice should be available from the hotel.
Public transport is very limited in Glen Clova and visitors should call Angus Council’s Demand Responsive Transport Hotline number on 01307 461775 between the hours of 09:00 and 15:30, Monday to Friday.
The Ranger Service
Angus Council have a ranger base, with two rangers, at Braedownie. You will also find information on walks etc here and at the Forestry Commission carpark at the foot of Glen Doll. The rangers regularly lead guided walks and their programme is available from the base, they can also be booked for private walks too. Going out with them is recommended, as you will learn a great deal about the area, its landscape and wildlife. For more information see the Visit Angus website.
Angus Council Ranger Service, Glen Doll 01575 550233
Glen Clova Hotel 01575 550350
Museum of the Glens, Kirriemuir 01575 575479
Tourist Information Centre, Kirriernuir 01575 574097