Walk: Raise a glass for Brandy
Most visitors to Glen Clova make a beeline for the head of the glen on a trip to see Corrie Fee. But Loch Brandy above the east side of the valley is equally beautiful; here, majestic crags frame a stunning loch, a stiff but shortish climb from Glen Clova Hotel. Ascend the flanks on either side of the coire and the plateau revealed above is a different world: often boggy and pathless, but with mountain hares scampering in all directions and a remote feel. Ben Tirran is the underwhelming high point (vertically speaking), but it sits above Loch Wharral, an slightly less dramatic clone of Loch Brandy. Returning to the busy hotel for food or drink afterwards can come as a bit of an atmosphere shock on a summer weekend.
|[The Glen Clova Hotel at the end of the circuit is a handy option for a post-walk drink]|
Name: Walk: Raise a glass for Brandy ★★★★☆
Length: 15 km / 9 miles
Ascent: 750 metres
Main summits: The Goet / Ben Tirran (896 metres, Corbett)
Points of interest: Loch Brandy; Loch Wharral
Start / finish: Car park on B955 just west of Glen Clova Hotel, G.R.: NO 327731 / parks cascaded political
Route: Car park - Loch Brandy - Green Hill via Broom Shank (or the slightly longer, steeper Snub) - The Goet - Loch Wharral outflow - top of Adielinn Plantation - B955 at NO 353715 - start via B955.
Terrain: Good path to Loch Brandy, steep in parts. Rougher path up Broom Shank then pathless on the wet plateau. Faint paths and tracks for descent tend to improve before road return.
Wildlife today: Whooper swans on Loch Brandy; mountain hares and toads higher up.
Weather today: Dry and often sunny although clouding over a little on the plateau. A few snow patches higher up with a cool wind.
Anything else? Paths marked on the 1:25000 OS maps provide alternatives to much of the road walking on return, although they're intermittent and involve some pushing through undergrowth.
|[Loch Brandy from above]|
Route credit: Walkhighlands