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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.
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.
Allow 1 hour
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.
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.
Allow 1½ hours
Listen for flocks of siskins twittering in the forest canopy and watch out for red squirrels and roe deer amongst the pines.
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.
Allow 2½ hours
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.
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.
Allow 3 hours
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.
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.
There are toilets available on site managed by Angusalive Ranger Service, or alternatively the nearest toilets and places to eat are in Clova village.
The charge to park at Glen Doll is £2 for the day.
Payment options: Coin only
Blue badge holders park free in this car park. Please park with care and consideration. In particular please park in designated parking areas only and do not block entrances or gates. Nearby car parks with free parking can be found in our local forest list without the £ symbol.
Annual parking passes available:
Blue Badge Holders: The Tay & Tentsmuir pass above is available to Blue Badge holders for £20 (which covers the electronic parking pass for the Tentsmuir barrier).
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
Take the B955 north from Kirriemuir to the head of Glen Clova, then follow the minor road to Glen Doll car park.
DD8 4RD is the closest postcode.
There is a limited postbus service to Clova village from Kirriemuir, operating daily except Sundays.
Classic Deeside scenery of pine, heather and blaeberry
Pleasant community woodland on the edge of Laurencekirk