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.
Additional walk on Dreish and Mayar, the two nearest Munros, in Glen Doll
Contributed by: Andrew Llanwarne
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|Location||Glen Clova, Angus, Eastern Scotland|
|Date walked||February 2005|
|Walk type||High hills and mountain hikes|
|Difficulty||Requires mountaineering skills and lots of stamina|
|Time taken||4 hrs 30 mins|
|Map used||Ordnance Survey 1.50,000 Landranger map, sheet 44|
|Walk source info||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)|
|Other features||13 km, 8 miles approx (but shorter 8km / 5 miles alternative around Loch Brandy also described here)|