Walk: Heathery Hill of Rowan

Angus | Angus Glens | Half day walk | ★★★

[Hill of Rowan]

The cone-shaped Maule Monument is a prominent landmark, crowning gentle Hill of Rowan in beautiful Glen Esk, Angus. 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]

📌 Walk: Heathery Hill of Rowan ★★★
Start / finish at car park on minor road, Tarfside village centre, G.R.: NO 493797 ///comedy.ignites.plants

▶ 7 km / 4 mi | ▲ 200 m | ⌚ Half a day | Moderate
Summits: Hill of Rowan (380 metres)
Terrain: Pleasant tracks, fainter on final ascent to summit and initial descent. Minor road return.

Route & map

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 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 was marked as unsafe on our visit, so can't be recommended.


Route credit: Walkhighlands

On our visit

Wildlife: Hundreds of rabbits and numerous lapwings.
Weather: Foggy on the east coast but warm and sunny here in Glen Esk with temperatures approaching 20°C.

[Maule Monument]

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