This part of Angus offers a landscape of contrasts. The fertile vale of Strathmore is wide and fertile, with some of Scotland's most productive arable farmland; the area is also known for growing soft fruits. Towns such as Forfar, Brechin and Kirriemuir thrived on this agricultural background, whilst the area is also home to Glamis Castle, one of the region's premier attractions.
North of the Strath the landscape quickly changes, with foothills soon giving way to extensive moorland and finally mountains of real Highland stature. This wild land is penetrated by a series of glens of varied character - the Angus Glens. Glen Clova is the best known, steep-sided and majestic, whilst Glen Esk in the east is long and enchanting. To the west are Glen Prosen and Glen Isla - less visited perhaps but equally deserving of an exploration on foot.
|Reekie Linn, Glen Isla||1km||40 minutes|
|Caterthun Forts, near Edzell||3km||1 hour|
|River Esk circuit, Cortachy||3.75km||1 hour|
|Balmashanner Hill, Forfar||4km||1.5 hours|
|Forest Walk up White Water, Glen Clova||4km||1 - 1.5 hours|
|Forfar Loch circuit, Forfar||4km||1- 1.5 hours|
|Kirriemuir Explorer||4.75km||1.5 hours|
|Loch Brandy, Glen Clova||5.5km||2.5 - 3.5 hours|
|Airlie Monument and Dykehead circuit||6.25km||2 hours|
|Hill of Rowan, Tarfside, Glen Esk||7.25km||2 - 2.5 hours|
|Corrie Fee, Glen Clova||7.5km||2 - 2.5 hours|
|Queen's Well, Glen Esk, Invermark||8km||2 - 2.5 hours|
|Rocks of Solitude river circuit, Edzell||10.5km||2.5 - 3 hours|
|Mount Blair||4.5km||2 hours|
|Monamenach, Glen Isla||5.25km||2 - 3 hours|
|Mealna Letter and Loch Beanie||14km||4 - 5 hours|
|Mayar and Driesh, Glen Clova||14.5km||4.5 - 5.5 hours|
|Mount Battock from Glen Esk||15km||4 - 5 hours|
|Loch Lee and waterfalls circuit, Glen Esk||15.75km||4 - 5 hours|
|Mount Keen from Glen Esk||17.5km||5 - 7 hours|
|Cat Law and Corwharn, Glen Isla||18.5km||6 - 7 hours|
|Ben Tirran by Loch Brandy and Wharral, Glen Clova||14.5km||4.5 - 6 hours|
|Monega Hill and Glas Maol round from Glen Isla||20.75km||7 - 7.5 hours|
|The Cateran Trail|
Ben Dolphin investigates one of Scotland's most famous plants.
"If you’ve been out in the hills lately you’ll hopefully have noticed shades of purple and pink standing out against the otherwise green landscape. Certainly that’s been my experience on two recent walks..."