Guest post by Ordnance Survey’s Gwyn Hughes-Jones
This walk uses OS Explorer Map - 388 Lochnagar, Glen Muick and Glen Clova.
This is a great walk taking in 2 of the most easterly Munros: Driesh (947m) and Mayar (928m). These 2 Munros lie just inside the Cairngorms National Park in the Angus glens. The 2 hills are typical of many in the Cairngorms with a pudding shape and grassy slopes. They are ideal for beginners to hill walking and dog walkers, and are easily accessible from Dundee.
This walk starts from the Forestry Commision car park at NO 282 761. The car park is situated at the Glen Doll visitor centre and is a reasonable £2 for all day parking. Sadly the visitor centre does not appear to have a café so no bacon rolls to start the walk(!), but they do have toilets!
Follow the road to the left of the visitor centre as it passes Glendoll Lodge on the right. Then follow Jock’s Road (an old drover’s track) for just over a kilometre until you get to a fork in the road. Jock’s Road takes the right hand turn but we take the left here. This track crosses the river leading to another fork (in about 250 meters) where you again take the left hand fork. Follow the track as it eventually becomes a path for a kilometre until you emerge from the trees at the dramatic Corrie Fee National Nature Reserve. The view from here is truly stunning with dramatic cliffs, bountiful Rowan trees, and fantastic waterfalls all in one glacier formed valley. It is a super example of a valley sculpted out by ice thousands of years ago.
Follow the path as it wanders up the Corrie and emerges to the left of the Fee Burn. From here it’s an easy 1.2 km to the top of Mayar and the completion of the first Munro of the walk, all by a clear path.
From Mayar follow the remains of a fence due east for just over 3km to the top of Driesh, and the second Munro on the walk. The summit of Driesh is marked with a trig point with a handy wind break built around it. Unfortunately the next bit of the walk means retracing your steps back to the shank of Drumfollow, were you take the right hand path as it descends down the side of this arm into Corrie Kilbo.
After 1 km you again enter the woods and follow the footpath for 1.5km back to Glendoll Lodge. Follow Jock’s Road for 500m back to the car park.