Corrie Fee National Nature Reserve
Like a giant stone armchair, Corrie Fee is a wild amphitheatre of rocky landscape sculpted by the power of ice and water. The area is now a haven for the plants, birds and animals that are equipped to cope with the challenges of this harsh mountain environment. If you're lucky, you might spot a golden eagle or peregrine falcon soaring overhead.
This National Nature Reserve, managed by NatureScot, was sculpted thousands of years ago by ice which left behind corries, cliffs, moraines and a meandering river. Corrie Fee's path is popular all year round with hill walkers and the crags are well known for winter climbing. Watch out for beautiful alpine flowers, rare mountain willows clinging to the crags, golden eagles and peregrines. Whether you want to walk along the Fee trail to the edge of the forest to enjoy the views of this natural amphitheatre or take a full day to explore the uplands, there is plenty to explore and enjoy at Corrie Fee.
The best time to visit for alpine plants is between mid June and mid August, and all year round for the breathtaking scenery.
There is a visitor reception at the Angus Glens Ranger Base offering informative displays and a wide range of Cairngorms National Park leaflets, including walks in Glen Clova and Glen Doll, Glen Esk and cycling in the Angus Glens.
Public toilets (open 24 hours) and picnic benches are also available.
From the Angus town of Kirriemuir, follow the B955 for 9.3 miles north to Clova Hotel at the end of Glen Clova, then take a left over a small bridge and follow the road for 3.1 miles to the Forestry & Land Scotland car park at Glen Doll. There is a £2 charge for parking and there are no vehicle height or width restrictions.
Cars are not permitted beyond the Glen Doll car park - the entrance to the NNR is accessed on foot 2.2 miles further along the forest tracks.
Public Transport Directions
By Public Transport: The nearest standard bus stop is in Kirriemuir,17.7 miles from the NNR entrance. Alternatively, the Royal Mail Post Bus will take you as far as Glen Doll youth hostel near the Glen Doll car park (2.2 miles from the entrance to the NNR).
By Bike: Leave NCN Route 77 (Dundee - Pitlochry) at Dundee and head north on the A90 to Forfar and on to the A926 to Kirriemuir. From Kirriemuir follow the B955 to Glen Clova, directions as per travel by car. The total distance is 32 miles
On Foot: The Cateran Trail (a circular route which begins and ends in Blairgowrie) surrounds Glen Clova. If you are really enthusiastic and relatively fit, you could walk in from Glenshee on the Trail! For more information see the Perth & Kinross Countryside Trust's website at http://www.pkct.org. From the Forestry & Land Scotland car park take 'Jock's Road' and then follow the Fee Burn, up through Glen Doll forest for a distance of 2.2 miles, to the stunning view at the entrance of the NNR.
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