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Glen Clova: Boustie Ley, Loch Brandy and Loch Wharral, Angus, Scotland


An enjoyable short winter outing, easily accessed from the Clova Hotel.  It provided impressive views of the two corrie lochs of Loch Brandy and Loch Wharral, and down Glen Clova, an area rich in scenery left by glaciation.  


  • The most memorable aspects were the impressive views down to Loch Brandy, and later across the corrie containing Loch Wharral.
  • The worst bits were the tricky climb up the gully on Ben Reid (although this can be avoided) and the bitterly cold north wind.
  • The funniest bit was when our legs sank several feet in a deep patch of snow where we stopped for lunch.
  • A word of warning to others is to take care if climbing the rocky buttress on Ben Reid.  For those of a nervous disposition, this was a scary bit, getting higher on a long continuous slope.  Some care is also needed close to the edge of the corries, but the tops of the hills provide easy hiking in clear weather.

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Background page on Glen Clova

Additional walk on Dreish and Mayor, the two nearest Munros, in Glen Doll

Contributed by: Andrew Llanwarne

Walking around the Corrie of Clova towards The Snub

Walking around the Corrie of Clova towards The Snub

Key Facts

Location Glen Clova, Angus, Eastern Scotland
When it was walked February 2005
Walk type High hills and mountains
Difficulty Requires mountaineering skills and lots of stamina
Distance approx 13 km, 8 miles approx (but shorter 8km / 5 miles alternative around Loch Brandy also described here)
Height climbed approx 750 m / 2250 ft
Time taken approx 4.5 hrs
Map used if any Ordnance Survey 1.50,000 Landranger map, sheet 44
Source of info on walk Previous visit
Getting there Car from Dundee
Places to stay Clova Hotel at start and finish of walk, Brandy Burn House B&B and tea shop (just across the road from the Clova Hotel). Other hotels at Dykehead (16km/10 miles) and Kirriemuir (24km /15 miles)
Places to eat/ buy food Clova Hotel for meals, Brandy Burn House B&B and tea shop (just across the road from the Clova Hotel). Shops in Kirriemuir