Walk: Mast-erful Mount Blair

Angus | Angus Glens | Short walk | ★★★

[View northeast from the ascent]

Mount Blair's ugly summit is in stark contrast to the beautiful views it offers, helped by its slightly isolated position just outside the Cairngorms National Park. The transmitter mast at the top ensures it's easily picked out from an array of Cairngorms summits; in turn, the hills visible from Mount Blair form an impressive list, as well as excellent views into lowland Angus and even Fife. With a high start point and good track underfoot, the effort to returns ratio is a good one. Roads circumnavigating the base also allow you to glimpse the craggier eastern and southern flanks from the comfort of the car.

[Storm clouds loom behind the summit transmitter mast]

📌 Walk: Mast-erful Mount Blair ★★★
Start / by gate entrance (space for a couple of cars only - don't block gate) on B951 1 mi east of the A93 junction in Glen Shee, G.R.: NO 155642 ///convinced.alpha.saved. Further parking along the road to the west.

▶ 5 km / 3 mi | ▲ 390 m | ⌚ Short | Moderate
Features: △ Mount Blair (744 m, Graham)
Terrain: Minor road at start then track to summit, faint at first.

Route & map

Start - leave road by gate at G.R.: NO 159644 - Mount Blair - return by outward route


Route credit: Scotland Off the Beaten Track

On our visit

Wildlife: Lapwings, cows and sheep (with lambs) in the fields lower down. Large numbers of deer on the hill's southern flank.
Weather: Blue skies to start with a gentle cooling breeze. Dry throughout, but clouds building to bring heavy showers later in the day. Snow patches on higher hills.

[Looking north up Glen Shee towards the higher Cairngorms from near the summit]

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