Glen Doll - Jock's Road - Bachnagairn
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Jock's Road is a well-known high-level route across The Mounth, linking Glen Clova to Braemar via Glen Doll and Glen Callater. It is named after Jock Winter, a local shepherd who in 1887 along with the Scottish Rights of Way Society, successfully challenged the landowner and established the route as a Right of Way. The complete route from Glen Doll to Auchallater Farm is 20km, however this walk follows Jock's Road north for only 7km before branching north-east across the plateau to Loch Esk and returning down Glen Clova.
The walk begins at the car park in Glen Doll and for the first 3.5km follows forest roads and paths as it climbs gradually into Glen Doll. As you leave the forest the view changes dramatically and the rugged upper reaches of the glen rise before you. 400 metres beyond the forest the climb begins but, thanks to the path rebuilding in 2006, the steeper sections are now stone staircases making the ascent quite straightforward. After climbing for 1.5km the path levels off below Cairn Lunkard and a rough shelter, Davy's Bourach, is a few metres ahead. Close to the shelter is a small hilllock, from where you have superb views all the way back down the glen.
Beyond the shelter the route leaves the security of Jock's Road and climbs over rough grass and heather to the summit of Cairn Lunkard, before continuing across the plateau to join another footpath leading from Loch Esk to Bachnagairn in upper Glen Clova. After visiting the bridge and waterfalls at Bachnagairn, follow a rocky track down the glen passing Moulzie Farm to reach Glen Doll Forest.
In the forest a new footbridge opened in 2005 crosses the South Esk and a new path follows the west bank of the river to the Glen Doll picnic area and car park. Back at the car park you can relax at the picnic area and cool your feet in the South Esk. Try feeding the birds; the chaffinches here will eat from your hand.
Scotland - Northeast Scotland - Angus - Angus Glens
Great Views, Lake/Loch, Mountains, River, Waterfall, Wildlife, Woodland
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