Glen Doll

Where we are

Wander through the glen, past alpine wildflowers

There’s something for everyone at Glen Doll. Picnic beside the South Esk burn, choose from six scenic trails or head for the amazing natural amphitheatre at Corrie Fee, a National Nature Reserve.

The trails meander beside rushing burns in the valley floor or climb through the woods to breathtaking viewpoints. Watch for climbers exploring the craggy valley sides, golden eagles circling overhead and rare alpine plants that arrived here during the last Ice Age.

Walking trails

Walking

South Esk Trail

A magical walk beside the babbling River South Esk. There are great views up into the hills and a chance to see dippers and grey wagtail in the stream.  

Sections of uneven grassy and earthy path with narrow, rocky and muddy parts. Short fairly steep slopes with rough stone steps. Includes one bridge and a section along the road.

Moderate
2 miles / 3.4 km

Allow
1 hour

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Don't forget to look up when the trail opens out at the top of Glen Clova – if you're lucky, you may spot golden eagles circling overhead.

Walking

White Water Trail

Walk alongside the rushing White Water, which can froth with foam at certain times of year as meltwater pours down from the Cairngorms.

Uneven gravel surface with some narrow, grassy and potentially muddy sections. Some short fairly steep slopes. 

Moderate
2 ½ miles / 3.9 km

Allow
1½ hours

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Listen for flocks of siskins twittering in the forest canopy and watch out for red squirrels and roe deer amongst the pines.

Walking

Corrie Fee Trail

Head into the heart of nature’s amphitheatre to be surrounded by alpine landscape and flowers.

Firm but uneven gravel surface. Continuous slope for ¾ mile with some fairly steep sections. Includes narrow bridge and uneven rocky steps leading up to viewing area. 

Moderate
4 ¼ miles / 6.9 km

Allow
2½ hours

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There's a real wow factor when you arrive at the great bowl of Corrie Fee, a vast amphitheatre carved out of the hillside by glaciers. Although the ice is long gone, plants still grow here that thrive in an arctic climate. Look out for purple coltsfoot clinging to the corrie's craggy slopes – this is the only place in Britain where it grows.

Corrie Fee is one of the Cairngorms National Park's National Nature Reserves because of its remarkable geology, wildlife and rare arctic alpine plants. Signal posts along the route will tell you more of its remarkable story.

From the entrance to Corrie Fee you can continue into the reserve and onto the plateau of the Cairngorm Mountains. This longer route is 6 miles (10 km): allow 4 hours.

Walking

Dounalt Trail

A trail notice is in effect

Due to recent storms fallen trees have blocked the Jocks road leg of the Dounalt trail.  The remaining section of the Dounalt trail remains open for those accessing Jock Road outwith the forest boundary.

Follow the course of the White Water through colourful larch forest for some breathtaking views up Glen Doll and a chance to glimpse red deer.

Uneven but generally wide gravel surface, with rough rocky and muddy parts. Some fairly steep slopes. Includes one bridge with steps and a few shallow fords. 

Moderate
5 ¼ miles / 8.3 km

Allow
3 hours

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This trail follows part of Jock's Road, an ancient sheep-droving route to Braemar on Deeside that was also popular with cattle rustlers and whisky smugglers!

Watch out for red deer on the craggy slopes above you – in autumn you may hear the stags roaring as they challenge each other for a mate.

Activities

Bag a Munro or two

Glen Doll is a popular starting point for hill walks to two Munros called Dreish and Mayar. These routes are suitable for experienced and well-equipped walkers only – check our advice about hillwalking before you set off.

Facilities & access

Parking (charge)
Parking (charge)
Picnic area
Picnic area

Life’s essentials

There are toilets available on site, or alternatively the nearest toilets and places to eat are in Clova village.

Car parking charges

It's £2 to park here all day. Find out about pay parking.

Ranger Service

The Angusalive Ranger Service has a base at Glen Doll car park, full of fascinating information about the glen. Staff are here most days to help you get the best out of your visit. The rangers also run a regular series of special events.

Telephone: 01575 550233 Email: GlenDollRanger@angusalive.scot

Getting here

Take the B955 north from Kirriemuir to the head of Glen Clova, then follow the minor road to Glen Doll car park. 

Using SatNav?

DD8 4RD is the closest postcode.

Public transport

There is a limited postbus service to Clova village from Kirriemuir, operating daily except Sundays.

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Phone
0300 067 6380
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