• Andrew Alexander

48 Hours In The Angus Glens

Trees sway in the wind and the silhouettes of mountains loom large overhead. It’s dark and cold, yet a warm feeling flows through my body - it feels like I’m meant to be here.

I am standing in the Glen Doll carpark at the head of Glen Clova. An area of The Cairngorms National Park which is regarded as one of the quietest. This is the beginning of what I hope will be an epic 48 hours in a corner of Scotland which is completely new to me.

DAY 1 - Corrie Fee

The dark morning sky makes way for brighter hues as I follow a meandering track which leads me gently uphill through the forest to an outstanding viewpoint at the foot of the Corrie - this is dramatic. A massive bowl scooped out from the rugged mountainsides by a glacier during the Ice Age, Corrie Fee is a natural amphitheatre of rocky landscape like nothing I’ve ever seen before. I push on towards the rear of the Corrie and as I ascend the steep path beside the waterfall, the mountains and crags begin to feel as they’re closing in around me - I suddenly feel very small.

The higher I climb, the better the view looking back down into the Corrie and as I almost reach the top of the waterfall, I find myself a rocky slab to sit and take it all in.

After a while, I continue onto the Cairngorm Plateau - the UK’s largest area of high mountains, and from here, the views stretch on for miles. If you’re a confident walker and have the right outdoor gear, you can continue onto the summits of Mayar and Driesh, a pair of popular Munro’s, but I was desperate to spend time soaking in the Autumn colours in the forest and opted to retrace my steps back through the Corrie.

My Accommodation - Glen Clova Hotel & Lodges

Glen Clova Hotel is a small country hotel dating from the 1850’s. Situated at the foot of Glen Doll and perfectly located for an adventure in the Angus Glens, this is my base for the next two nights.

I am excited about staying here as I've heard about their positive approach to sustainability, which sees the hotel use its surrounding natural resources to heat and power all of their buildings - including the steadings, and lodges. The going green movement is something which is really close to my heart, as I believe it’s the direction we all need to try and take for the benefit of the planet.

I am met with a warm welcome and a member of staff directs me to my room at the front of the hotel. Tired from my days adventure at Corrie Fee, I spend a while looking out the window and taking in the views across the Glen.

I love the stag print cushions and throw which adorn the bed. They serve as a nice reminder to the beautiful Highland location in which the hotel is set.