Walk: Moo-ching around Craigowl Hill
|[View towards the mess on Craigowl Hill from Balkello Hill]|
The Sidlaws are Dundee's local hills, rising to the mast-topped summit of Craigowl Hill at 455 metres above sea level. Somehow the metal structures don't really detract from the views here, perhaps due to the proximity of urban streets anyway. Meanwhile, the numerous cows roaming the hill definitely enhance it! This is an excellent local stomping ground for Dundonians, but the hills are worth a visit from further afield too. If you have enough time, it's worthwhile adding in the two lower hills further along the undulating ridge to the west, which are free of manmade structures and slightly quieter.
|[There are excellent views of Dundee from much of the route]|
Name: Walk: Moo-ching around Craigowl Hill ★★★☆☆
Length: 8 km / 5 miles
Ascent: 330 metres
Main summits: Auchterhouse Hill (424 metres); Balkello Hill (395 metres); Craigowl Hill (455 metres, sub-2000')
Start / finish: Car park at Balkello Woodland, off minor road 2 miles east of Kirkton of Auchterhouse, G.R.: NO 365385 / salads prove frosted
Route: Start - Auchterhouse Hill - return south-east then branch left to Balkello Hill - Craigowl Hill - Balluderton Hill - Linn of Balluderon - start
Terrain: Varied paths and tracks on grass, mud and stones - steep ascents and descents in places. Multiple paths in places - it doesn't really matter which you take, but map required.
Wildlife today: Cows graze the slopes of Craigowl Hill.
Weather today: Evening sunshine with a little thin cloud - warm enough not to need jackets.
|[Good views into the Cairngorms from Craigowl Hill, if you ignore the wind turbines]|
Route credit: Walkhighlands