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Year of Natural Scotland 2013
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  • Glen Esk, Angus
    Glen Esk, Angus
  • Glen Isla against the backdrop of the Grampian Mountains
    Glen Isla
  • Walkers making their way along Jock's Road, an old drove route leading over the hills from Braemar to Glen Clova
    Jock's Road, an old drove route leading over the hills from Braemar to Glen Clova
  • The Queen's Well, Glen Esk
    The Queen's Well, Glen Esk
  • A bridge crossing the South Esk, near Moulzie in Upper Glen Clova
    The South Esk, near Moulzie in Upper Glen Clova

Not far from the city of Dundee and the bustling towns of Angus lies a beautiful area full of wildlife and spectacular scenery known as the Angus Glens.

The Angus Glens are made up of six glens which run in the same general direction, giving the impression of the fingers of a hand stretching through the sumptuous Angus countryside and finishing at the outer edge of the Cairngorms National Park.

The Angus Glens make up a truly breathtaking area with heather-clad hills, bubbling streams and forests filled with wildlife and opportunities for activities and adventure.

You can head up to the glens of Glenisla, Glen Prosen, Glen Clova and Glen Doll from the Angus town of Kirriemuir, known as ‘the Gateway to the Glens’. The quaint village of Edzell is the ideal starting point to explore Glen Lethnot and Glen Esk.

Take in the contrasting beauty of the rugged heather mountains and gently undulating pastures of Glenisla, the most westerly of the Angus Glens, and follow in the footsteps of Highland cattle raiders on the Cateran Trail.

Upon entering Glen Prosen from Dykehead, stop by a stone cairn to admire the view believed to be the favourite of Captain Scott of the Antarctic.

Glen Clova is known for its beauty and dramatic scenery and is often regarded as a botanist’s paradise for its meadow flowers and alpine plants. At the top of the glen you'll find Glen Doll, an area of both Corries and Munros, which is part of both Cairngorms National Park and Corrie Fee Nature Reserve.

The stream of Glen Lethnot was used in the past by illicit distillers who hid their stills amongst the corries - today you can follow the Whisky Road which begins in Drumcairn and continues on to the Craig of Finnoch, passing the ruined Clachan of Finnoch, a former Highland village.

At the head of Glen Esk you’ll find the striking Queen’s Well, built in commemoration of Queen Victoria who stopped here for a drink of water on her way from Deeside to Glenesk.

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