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 safety and 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.
Game shooting starts from July and runs through to the end of January, please call us at the hotel where we will be able to advise if there is any shooting you should be made aware of.
The weather in Scotland can change quite suddenly – it is sometimes said that you can experience four seasons in a day! On all but the shortest walks, you should take a rucksack with waterproofs, a fleece or sweater, hat and gloves, some food and a drink. You should also wear good walking boots or strong shoes. Carry a map and 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.
The Ranger Service
Angus Council have a ranger base at Braedownie. You will also find information on walks 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