Mayar and Driesh

Glen Clova (East of Glenshee)

Start Point: Carpark at Acharn
Grid Reference: OS sheet 44, GR284762
Time: 4 - 6 hours
View Location: Scalable multimap
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Introduction

This hillwalk started out as a 2 day, 50km trek in some of the Glenshee hills. The weather (there was a lot of it) had different ideas and our camping extravaganza was whittled down to an easy afternoon to the East of the Glenshee range. By far the most challenging part of the trip was the hectic journey to Acharn from the other side of Glenshee. With this in mind, I heartily recommend the planned direct approach in getting to the foot of these hills... from the Devils Elbow it's a long, long way.

Tasty waterfalls on the downward route
   
Having planned for a gruelling 2 dayer, Mayar and Driesh provided what we both really needed... a pleasant day strolling in the hills. There's a clear path that runs at a steady gentle incline to bring you to the bealach - all without the usual expenditure of blood, sweat and tears. Once the summits of have been visited the journey back alongside the Fee Burn offers some spectacular scenery, in the shape of huge slabbed cliffs and some tasty waterfalls. The most bizarre moment of the trip occured as we approached the Fee Burn, at this point spooky cries from great herds of deer on Dun Hillocks wafted continually across the hills... weird.
 

Route

  • Leave the carpark at Acharn then follow the road west and cross the bridge over the river.
  • From the bridge follow the paths which lead South West through the forest before coming out into open ground at the Burn of Kilbo.
Craig Rennet - looking north from the head of the Fee Burn
  • There is a clear path that continues south west up to the bealach (GR260738).
  • From the bealach it's a short jaunt East (~1km) to the summit of Driesh (947m, GR272736).
  • From Driesh retrace your steps to the bealach then head West for 2km to gain the summit of Mayar (928m, GR242738).
   
  • From the summit of Mayar there are 2 options. The first is simply to retrace your steps and return to the bealach and follow the original path home. The second, more interesting option, follows the course of The Fee Burn.
  • From Mayar follow the light track North for 1km to the head of the waterfall. From this point the clear track runs alongside the waterfall leading back to the forest and then continues westwards to the carpark.
View westwards from the main bealach

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