ExploreThe Angus Glens
Explore The Angus Glens
The Angus Glens – five glens from West to East like the fingers of a hand – each one with its special characteristics and each one well worth a visit. Discover hidden glens and hidden gems in this quiet corner of Scotland; there are beautiful heather-clad mountains to the north, which lead to gentler hills, giving way to rolling pastures and arable lands. Only Glen Isla has a road leading from the north; all the others are reached from the south.
The Angus Glens are an excellent wildlife watching location, but Capercaillie, Scottish Crossbill, Golden Eagle, Red Squirrel, Pine Marten, Black Grouse and Crested Tit and other iconic wildlife can be elusive; the most reliable way of ensuring the sightings of the species on your wish list is to let the experts arrange your tailormade wildlife watching trip, be it a mini-break or a longer stay. These all-inclusive holidays are designed especially for you!
There’s only one place serving food within the Angus Glens area of the National Park – the Glen Clova Hotel, whose restaurant offers a range of freshly prepared food. All the soups, casseroles, lasagnes, macaroni, chicken dishes and desserts are homemade. Their beef and lamb are all produce from their own Angus reared livestock and the venison comes from the hills that surround the hotel. They make their own rolls to go with our soups and onion rings for the sirloin steaks. Rooster Potatoes grown on their farm in Angus are used for their mash, roasted and boiled potatoes and chips.
Queen’s Well, Glen Esk
Queen Victoria and her consort Prince Albert purchased Balmoral Castle and delighted in travelling the mountain routes around. In 1861 they rode the 15 miles (24 km) from Balmoral to Glen Mark (above Glen Esk) and met with Lord Dalhousie beside an artesian well. Here they were refreshed by the spring water before continuing to Invermark Lodge where they stayed overnight. To commemorate the visit, Lord Dalhousie erected a monument in the shape of a royal crown over the well.