Glen Clunie - Carn an Tuirc

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This walk starts about 2km north of the Cairnwell Pass and makes a direct ascent of Carn an Tuirc ("hill of the boar") from the west, combining points of natural and historic interest.

The bridge at Cairnwell Burn is part of the old military road from Blairgowrie to the castles at Braemar and Corgarff. The road itself forms part of a wider network of fortifications and lines of communication that were built during the Jacobite rebellion.

On the north side of the Allt a'Gharbh-choire by a stream junction find some old shielings. Before about 1700, settlements extended far up the glens, particularly seasonally. A shieling is a temporary or roughly-made hut or shed, especially those used by shepherds and their animals (or by salmon fishermen). They generally predate the highland clearances of the 18th century, but are hard to date without archaeological excavation. As a whole, the deserted shielings and field systems within the Cairngorms area are considered to be of regional or even national historic significance.

Small waterfalls punctuate this stretch of the Allt a'Gharbh-choire, with more old shielings nearby. The slope becomes progressively steeper and the path becomes less distinct, before scree and areas of boulders give way to the stone-covered top. You may see mountain hares near the summit and herds of deer lower down.

Scotland - Northeast Scotland - Perth and Kinross - Glenshee


Birds, Great Views, Mountains, Waterfall, Wildlife

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