Walk: Magnificent Maskeldie & Glen Lee waterfalls

Angus | Angus Glens | Full day walk | ★★★★★

[Falls of Unich]

For sheer variety, the terrain surrounding Craig Maskeldie has it all. Dark crags, a deep loch and a couple of thundering waterfalls give this area a distinctively rough feel for the usually rounded Cairngorms. This circuit starts with a straightforward "walk in" amongst increasingly dramatic scenery, passing picturesque Loch Lee on route to the spectacular Falls of Unich. The fan-shaped Falls of Damff are only a short climb beyond, but are only seen to best effect by crossing the burn and braving the pathless western slopes of Craig Maskeldie. The summit's position right on the edge of sheer cliffs gives dizzying views of the Water of Lee far below, with Mount Keen dominating the northern horizon. After the relatively tough terrain, the easy and scenic track used for the descent will be a welcome sight.

[Looking down Glen Lee towards Hunt Hill from the Falls of Damff]

📌 Walk: Magnificent Maskeldie & Glen Lee waterfalls ★★★★★
Start / finish at car park near Glen Esk minor road end, 4 mi west of Tarfside, G.R.: NO 446804 ///belief.bucked.stick

▶ 16 km / 10 mi | ▲ 560 m | ⌚ Full day | Tough
Features: Invermark Castle ★★; Loch Lee; Falls of Unich; Falls of Damff; △ Craig Maskeldie (687 m); △ Cairn Lick (682 m)
Terrain: Varied: good track until shortly before Falls of Unich then path which becomes rougher towards Falls of Damff. Pathless ascent to Craig Maskeldie, then intermittent path to Cairn Lick before joining a track for the return. Some soggy ground and steep in places.

Route & map

Car park - Invermark Castle - north side of Loch Lee - Falls of Unich - Falls of Damff - cross footbridge above falls - Craig Maskeldie - Cairn Lick - Shank of Inchgrundle - Inchgrundle & Loch Lee - return by outward route

Route credit: Scotland Off the Beaten Track
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On our visit

Wildlife: Grouse and lots of mountain hares on Craig Maskeldie.
Weather: Becoming increasingly sunny, but distinctively chilly with strong winds higher up.

[The Shank of Inchgrundle descent has great views ahead to Loch Lee]


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