Walk: Mayar, Driesh & Corrie Fee makes three

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

[Corrie Fee]

The pair of Munros on the plateau between Glen Clova and Glen Prosen boast extensive views over the southern Cairngorms, with short-cropped grass and gentle gradients making for swift progress between the two. The immediate surroundings are scenically unremarkable - but Mayar has an ace up its sleeve in the form of Corrie Fee. This dramatic natural amphitheatre is probably Scotland's most celebrated coire, and the closest the generally quiet southeast side of the Cairngorms National Park has to a honeypot site. The rocky bowl was scooped out by a glacier in the last Ice Age, and today hosts rare alpine and arctic plants, golden eagles, a spectacular purple heather coat in late summer, and a steady stream of hikers. A willowy waterfall cascades down the cliffs at the rear. Corrie Fee's accessibility enhances its popularity: it's a straightforward tramp from the car park to the foot of the coire along a good track. The cirque is hidden until the last moment, when a sudden emergence at the main viewpoint provides a real "wow" moment - and obligatory selfie spot!

[View north from Mayar]

📌 Walk: Mayar, Driesh & Corrie Fee makes three ★★★★
Start / finish at car park (with charge) at minor road end, head of Glen Clova, G.R.: NO 283761 ///revisit.wake.complies

▶ 15 km / 9 mi | ▲ 840 m | ⌚ Full day | Tough
Features: Corrie Fee NNR; △ Mayar (928 m, Munro); △ Driesh (947 m, Munro)
Terrain: Straightforward tracks and paths become rough and steep at the back of Corrie Fee, then faint on the plateau. Fairly good path for return.

Route & map

Car park - Glendoll Forest - Corrie Fee - Mayar - Shank of Drumfollow - Driesh - return to Shank of Drumfollow - Burn of Kilbo - start

Route credit: Scotland Off the Beaten Track
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On our visit

Wildlife: 2020: Screeching birds of prey over Corrie Fee, sheep on Driesh, frogs on Mayar. Hundreds of pheasants on the drive through Glen Clova. 2013: A few mountain hares on the plateau.
Weather: 2020: Sunny for most of the walk, becoming cloudy on descent. 20°C at the finish. 2013: Dull and overcast despite a better weather forecast; a few snow patches at the back of the coire.

Chronological photo guide

[The Scorrie - view from the start]

[Glendoll Forest]

[White Water]

[Corrie Fee]

[Corrie Fee]

[Corrie Fee]

[Waterfall at the back of the coire]

[Knapps of Fee]

[Looking back over the coire and Glen Clova]

[The landscape abruptly changes on the plateau]


[View southwest from Mayar]

[Upper reaches of Glen Prosen]

[View north from Mayar]

[Path across the plateau to Driesh]

[View back to Mayar]

[Mayar (centre left) & the Shank of Drumfollow (right) from the ascent of Driesh]



[Descent through Corrie Kilbo]

[Descent through Corrie Kilbo]

[Looking back through Corrie Kilbo]

[Waterfall on the Burn of Kilbo]

[View over Glen Doll from the descent]


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