So many glens, so little time...
I've made it my mission this year to explore all of the Angus glens, and even if I say so myself, I'm off to a flying start.
Armed with plasters (new walking boots, ouch), hot chocolate and banana sandwiches, I headed out to Glen Clova with a chum who is also keen to notch up some miles in the stunning scenery on our doorstep. It was well worth battling strong winds and squally showers to behold beautiful Corrie Fee. a massive bowl scooped out from the rugged mountainsides by a glacier during the Ice Age. And when we returned from our walk footsore and weary, the Glen Clova Hotel was just the place to thaw out and refuel by a roaring log fire.
My trip to Glen Isla was a much less strenuous affair. My walking boots stayed in the cupboard, instead I took a drive through the hills with a pit stop for lunch at the Glen Isla Hotel. , It's a quirky little place serving good home cooked food. The puddings were particularly tempting,. Lemon curd bread and butter pudding....talk about the icing on the cake! We even made a new friend. (see below).
Determined to build up our stamina, we decided to tackle a longer trek and headed out on a sunny afternoon for an 8 mile walk at Glen Ogil. Our lack of map reading skills soon became apparent. As we reached the top of a summit (who knows which one!), we were face with several paths heading in different directions. We had to admit defeat and re-trace our steps. The bonus was a lovely walk around the reservoir on the way down, and finding a lovely sheltered spot to stop for a breather and a nip from the hip flask.
Here's to many more off the beaten track adventures!