Walk: Heathery Hill of Rowan
|[Hill of Rowan]|
The cone-shaped Maule Monument is a prominent landmark, crowning gentle Hill of Rowan in beautiful Glen Esk. The monument dates from 1866, built as a memorial to the local Panmure family. Beautiful purple hues created by blooming heather makes this an idyllic summer wander starting from the remote hamlet of Tarfside.
|[Heather and grouse butts on the hill's western slopes]|
Name: Walk: Heathery Hill of Rowan ★★★☆☆
Length: 7 km / 4 miles
Ascent: 200 metres
Main summits: Hill of Rowan (380 metres)
Start / finish: Car park on minor road at Tarfside, G.R.: NO 493797 / comedy ignites plants
Route: Car park - leave main track at G.R. NO 475799 - Hill of Rowan - track near Stylemouth - join minor road east of Blackness - start. It may be possible to reduce the road walking on the return by crossing the North Esk near Dalbrack, following the track on the south bank to Buskhead before crossing back. However, the bridge at Buskhead is marked as private and unsafe, so couldn't be recommended.
Terrain: Pleasant tracks, fainter on final ascent to summit and initial descent. Minor road return.
Wildlife today: Hundreds of rabbits and numerous lapwings.
Weather today: Foggy on the east coast but warm and sunny here in Glen Esk with temperatures approaching 20°C.
Route credit: Walkhighlands