Saturday, April 07, 2007

An Easter Break In Montrose - Day 2

It's Saturday and the second day of our break in Montrose.

Glen Clova

We got up early and, after a decent breakfast, headed off to Glen Clova as the assistant at the museum/tourist information office said there were some good walks in the area and we'd found what could be a half-decent walk up at the very top of the glen, around Ben Tirran.

Glen Clova is just under 40 miles from Montrose but the weather had brightened and it was looking like it was going to be a nice day so it seemed worth the drive, even if a fair bit of it wwas on small and narrow roads. There was a large car parking area beside the Clova Hotel so that made things easy too, especially as the route started just behind the hotel.

Image produced from the Ordnance Survey Get-a-map service. Image reproduced with kind permission of Ordnance Survey and Ordnance survey of Northern Ireland.

The path was marked as "Footpath to Glen Effock" and it was very clear and easy to follow. All you have to do is follow it all the way up to the bottom end of Loch Brandy at the base of The Snub. We wandered down to the loch for a relax and some lunch while watching a couple of anglers casting. They didn't hold out much hope of catching anything though as the water was still very cold. To make matters worse for them, a couple of girls arrived with three dogs, one of which decided it'd be fun to try and catch splashes so it spent at least 10-15 minutes up to it's knees in the water, smacking the surface with one paw and trying to bite the water that splashed up. Definitely mad but hilarious to watch!

Loch BrandyLoch Brandy

After a wee rest, we headed on with a steep climb up The Snub and around the top rim of the corrie above the loch and over to Green Hill and then back down to the loch again. There were some good views at the top of the hill, with Lochnagar to the North and Mount Keen over to the North-East.

Eating Out

After a long day on the hills we fancied a curry and the only place we could find in Montrose was Indian Cottage on High Street. But it was very busy and we had to wait for a table (did that in the pub across the road) so it must be a popular place with the locals.

The service fast and friendly and the food was very good and reasonably priced so if you fancy a curry in Montrose, it's definitely worth a visit.

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