Craig Mellon (NO 262773, 866m)Cairn Broadlands (NO 270777, 852m)Craig Damff (NO 247777, 846m) 15.5 kilometres800 metres of ascent Craig Mellon and Cairn Broadlands dominate the view up Glen Clova as you approach the road-head—neatly paired humps with Glen Doll on the left and upper Glen Clova on the right. The broad slope between the two … Continue reading Glen Doll: Craig Mellon to Cairn Damff
At the end of my previous post, I left you gazing at the blind end of the old railway bridge over Lochee High Street.
Back in the ’70s, there used to be several of these bricked-off gaps along the line of the old Dundee-Newtyle railway, But this is the last one left—it doesn’t even have a partner on the other side of the road.
This one follows the route of the old Dundee-Newtyle railway, as it weaves around town. The track bed is long gone (I can only just remember the occasional goods train plying this route in the early 1960s), and subsequent demolition and building work has left little of even industrial-archaeological interest —but it’s a pleasant route to follow, and wide enough to allow two-metre distancing throughout, with a little care (and occasional willingness to step off the path).
Sandy Hillock (NO 266804, 768m) Dog Hillock (NO 286793, 732m) Ferrowie (NO 303794, 801m) 20.4 kilometres 1020 metres of ascent I’ve had it in mind to take this obscure little jaunt for some time—a trip along the crags on the north side of upper Glen Clova, linking the two main routes across the hills between … Continue reading Glen Clova: Allan’s Hut To The Capel Mounth
2.6 kilometres 25 metres of ascent This one’s just a short, level stroll along one of the more interesting sections of Dundee’s waterfront on the Tay estuary. It also goes off-book a bit by being a one-way stroll—linking the two ends of the journey is left as an … ahem … exercise for the interested reader. Even … Continue reading Lock-down Walks: Three Ships, Two Bridges, And A Bad Poet
Carn Chomh-Stri (NO 137719, 718m) Creag Leacach SW Top (NO 149741, 943m) Creag Leacach (NO 154745, 987m) Carn Ait (NO 142734, 865m) Carn an Daimh (NO 135712, 755m) 17.3 kilometres 890m of ascent Another southerly approach, to a hill on the opposite side of Gleann Beag from my previous venture on Carn a’ Gheoidh. Again, … Continue reading Glen Shee: Creag Leacach From The South
Eildon Mid Hill (NT 548323, 422m) Eildon Wester Hill (NT 548316, 371m) Eildon Hill North (NT 555328, 404m) 10.8 kilometres 530m of ascent The Eildons, like the Pentlands, are hills I’ve glimpsed from the air, but never visited until now. The classic cluster of three peaks makes them unmistakable, and gave its name to the … Continue reading Borders: Eildon Hills
A short update on a remarkable phenomenon encountered earlier this year. You may remember the picture above from a previous post. It’s the Pitroddie Burn disappearing down a sinkhole in the Den of Pitroddie. It emerges from the ground a couple of hundred metres downstream, apparently none the worse for the experience. I first encountered … Continue reading Braes Of The Carse: Den Of Pitroddie Update
Mayar (NO 240737, 928m) Driesh (NO 271735, 947m) 20.4 kilometres 860m of ascent I’ve climbed these two hills from all sorts of directions, including a previous report from Glen Doll. But I’ve never come at them from the Glen Prosen side. While Glen Doll has a sort of bustling cosmopolitan feel to it, with its … Continue reading Glen Prosen: Mayar and Driesh
Druim Mor (NO 190771, 961m) Cairn of Claise (NO 185789, 1064m) Glas Maol (NO 166765, 1068m) Little Glas Maol (NO 175759, 973m) Monega Hill (NO 186756, 908m) 25 kilometres 1060m of ascent Embarrassing to admit that, after more than forty years wandering the Angus hills, I’d never walked up to the head of Glen Isla … Continue reading Glen Isla: Caenlochan Circuit