Walk: Lethnot - hidden Angus Glen gem

[Lowly West Craig is a magnificent viewpoint for the glen]

Angus famously has five glens. Glen Clova, Glen Esk, Glen Isla - all these are deservedly popular walking destinations. But what about Glen Lethnot? Stranded just outside the Cairngorms National Park and accessing few high hills, this is a lonely valley neglected by visitors. In bygone days this was good news for whisky distillers, who hid their illicit stills in the glen away from prying eyes. It's also good news for us: Glen Lethnot's quietness makes this a superb place to get away from it all, and useful coverage by tracks and stalkers paths make exploration of the upper glen easy. Once your wanderlust is satisfied, head back over the prow of West Craig for great views downstream. Consider yourself unlucky if you meet another soul all day.

[View into the upper glen from the Shank of Donald Young]

Name: Walk: Lethnot - hidden Angus Glen gem ★☆☆
Length: 11 km / 7 miles
Ascent: 420 metres
Points of interest: Glen Lethnot / Water of Saughs; West Craig viewpoint
Start / finish: Car park at minor road end in Glen Lethnot, G.R.: NO 465716 / bystander keen trails

Route: Car park - cross footbridge at G.R.: NO 438734 - Shank of Donald Young - cross Water of Saughs at G.R.: NO 419741 - West Craig - rejoin outward route below West Craig - start
Terrain: Mostly good tracks. Stalker's path to Shank of Donald Young is clear but has some wet sections, followed by a short pathless stretch alongside grouse butts. Burn crossing of Water of Saughs could be difficult in spate.
Wildlife today: Mountain hares higher up.
Weather today: Mostly sunny but cold, with numerous snow patches, icicles and areas of running water frozen.

[The walk-in along tracks is typical of the Angus Glens, but with a distinct lack of crowds]


Route credit: Scotland off the beaten track

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