After our holiday to the French Pyrenees, it was time to get back into the Scottish mountains. After a look at the forecast and the walkhighlands website, Glen Isla was the destination. Neither of us had been there before so we were excited to discover a new part of the country.
We packed the van and headed in the direction of Braemar and up to our starting point in Glen Isla. With our route taking in the munros Glas Maol and Creag Leacach, along with Monamenach as a cheeky corbett, it was going to be a longish day with a decent amount of UP! So no sleep in for us.
As we made our way up the glen the views did not disappoint and gaining height rewarded us with excellent views into Canness Glen and Caenlochan Glen.
It was a great reminder of the beauty of the Scottish hills: they may not have the height or as many trees as let’s say the French Pyrenees but they do have a special charm about them, particularly with the flowers and LOTS of mountain hares about.
Two munros down, and with tiring legs, we navigated our way over the last of the humps and bumps to the top of Monamenach and back to the van for an epic dinner of sausages and sweet potato mash.
On Sunday we decided to explore the incredible Scots pine forest in Glen Derry, which is part of the Mar Lodge estate, now managed by the National Trust for Scotland. Trekking up from the Lin of Dee carpark and past Derry Lodge, there is a lovely circular walk up and down the forest and river. In the forest we found some stunning views of the trees, lots of baby Scots pine trees, some bees hard at work and even a great spot to stick our feet in the river.
It was great to be back out again after a few weeks and we are looking forward to more summer adventures soon.