Hill of Wirren: Edzell Approach

Fionas: Hill of Wirren

Date walked: 21/08/2011

Time taken: 4 hours

Distance: 15km

Ascent: 700m

Having been in the midst of my football pre season and a trip to Egypt; it meant that I hadn't been out on the hills since the beginning of July. I had a few days to spare before going back to work but sadly had fixtures on the Sat & Monday meaning I couldn't go overboard on hills; I decided on a quick blast up the Hill of Wirren in Angus.

There are many different routes up this; I had done a reccy on the MIlden Lodge and Glen Lethnot approaches previously but chose to go from the back of Edzell to save on fuel costs.

our_route.gpx Open full screen  NB: Walkhighlands is not responsible for the accuracy of gpx files in users posts

It was a nice Sunny day and I parked up beside the farm entrance track to Cowiehill farm and headed off up the track.
Cowiehill Track

When you reach the cottage; head out the back but head directly up alongside the trees as opposed to along the "track" and fencepost as you end up in marshy cow pat territory...


I crossed the stream at the farm fence and continued on the landrover track up towards the Hill of Corthathro; or so I thought. I stupidly went along the wrong landrover track and ended up striking heather up the hill. My tip is to stay on the most visible landrover track and don't deviate :?

From Cotharthro; you enjoy great views in all directions over the Montrose, Glen Esk, Glen Lethnot and some of Glen Clova. There is a clear landrover track all of the way to East Wirren with the option to go direct to the summit about halfway up East Wirren.
East Wirren
. Good views.
Hill of Garvock & Montrose

Here I reached the summit of East Wirren and enjoyed a banana and soaking in the views; just a few days ago I was sitting in the Sinai Desert in Egypt; the heather clad Angus Glens (and temperature!) were quite a different kettle of fish.
East Wirren Summit

There doesn't appear to be any clear route to the Hill of Wirren Summit other than through a load of Peat Hag; as such I decided to descend across the Grassy Moorland and join the track which runs parrallel with Hill of Wirren and acess from the Mount Battock side. The Hill of Wirren itself is a large boggy plain full of peat hag and fence (both electric and standard); East Wirren is def the highlight of the two!
Hill of Hag
. The Sumit does have a good view of Mount Battock and Clachnaben....
Mount Battock

I headed back through the peat hags and back the way I came stopping of for a few photos along the way.
Hill of Sturdy
Way Back Home (no bike sadly!)

Good to get back out on the hills again and it's nice to know that I have the gems of Angus literally 15 mins from the house!

Click to mark this as a great report. Register or Login
free to be able to rate and comment on reports (as well as access 1:25000 mapping).

Comments: 6

It was very sunny and I ain't Lyon.....

Attachment(s) Munros: Càrn Gorm, Càrn Mairg, Creag Mhòr (Meall na Aighean), Meall Garbh (Càrn Mairg)
Date walked: 03/07/2011
Distance: 17km
Ascent: 1395m
Comments: 14
Views: 8584

Ossian Overnighter; a few happy accidents....eventually

Attachment(s) Munros: Beinn na Lap, Càrn Dearg (Corrour), Sgòr Gaibhre
Corbetts: Beinn Pharlagain
Date walked: 26/06/2011
Distance: 36km
Ascent: 1950m
Comments: 12
Views: 9061

Glen Lee & Monawee

Attachment(s) Date walked: 05/02/2011
Comments: 7
Views: 6326

Cairn O' Mount - Bike & Foot

Attachment(s) Date walked: 01/01/2011
Distance: 7km
Comments: 11
Views: 9477

Mount Battock Circular

Attachment(s) Corbetts: Mount Battock
Date walked: 22/12/2010
Distance: 15.5km
Comments: 8
Views: 6499

Cat Law above the the clouds

Attachment(s) Fionas: Cat Law
Date walked: 12/10/2010
Distance: 6km
Ascent: 400m
Comments: 4
Views: 4666

East Lomond overnighter

Sub 2000s: East Lomond
Date walked: 20/02/2010
Distance: 3km
Ascent: 434m
Comments: 3
Views: 3603

Mount Blair

Attachment(s) Fionas: Mount Blair
Date walked: 09/01/2010
Distance: 3km
Comments: 1
Views: 5041

Lochnagar & Loch Muick circuit

Munros: Lochnagar
Date walked: 16/10/2009
Distance: 19km
Comments: 2
Views: 6175

Gable Gable End

User avatar
Location: Houston, TX
Interests: Football, Outdoors & Camping, Squash, Golf, Music, Travelling
Activity: Mountaineer
Pub: Bob Scotts ;)
Mountain: The
Place: Loch Avon
Gear: Inov-8 Roclites
Ideal day out: Nice blue skies is my only demand!

Munros: 64
Corbetts: 6
Fionas: 4
Sub 2000: 7

Filter reports



Trips: 5
Distance: 75 km
Ascent: 4045m
Munros: 7
Corbetts: 1
Fionas: 1


Trips: 4
Distance: 27.5 km
Ascent: 834m
Corbetts: 1
Fionas: 2
Sub2000s: 1


Trips: 1
Distance: 19 km
Munros: 1

Joined: Apr 28, 2009
Last visited: Apr 07, 2022
Total posts: 568 | Search posts