Footprints Across Scotland
Why not make a few of your own!
2nd December 2007
Glen Doll and the magnificent amphitheatre of Corrie Fee
North of Kirriemuir lie the picturesque glens of Clova and Doll. The arrival of early morning sunshine brought out lush reds and browns in the autumnal looking countryside at the head of glen Clova as we passed through on our way to glen Doll. The thermometer was struggling to reach above zero when we arrived at Glendoll car park and so we pulled on extra layers before enjoying a coffee and cake before the start of our walk. The first part of the walk would take us along Jock's road in the shadow of the hills to the south so Bushan, Stephan, Tip and myself left the extra clothing on until the exertion of the steady climb up through Glendoll forest required a stop to remove some of them. We emerged from the trees at the style which leads into Corrie Fee.
The natural amphitheatre was impressive even in the wintry shade. We paused here to enjoy the view and allow "video man" Stephan time to do some "interviews". The well laid footpath winds up through the Corrie and past the waterfall at the top of the Fee burn. We remained in the shadows until just before gaining the top of Mayar at which point sunshine lit up a snowy panorama that stretched all the way into the Cairngorms to the North and towards Perth in the south.
We enjoyed the views and a sandwich before heading east across the wide ridge towards the bealach that dissects the shank of Drumfollow. From here a short climb brought us to the lower top of Driesh and then a gentler incline to its summit. After dropping the packs and a tip off from some fellow walkers we took a short walk to the north of the cairn to look down on some deer resting on the lower slopes. Returning to the top we sheltered from the gentle but cold breeze to have some lunch and a hot drink. Returning to the bealach we took the Kilbo path back down towards the forest trying to keep our footing as the snow lined path turned more icy further down. It was not long after we had reached the car park that the last of the sun had disappeared and the temperature dropped back below freezing again.
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