The Mounth

The Mounth is a vast area of mountain country south of the Cairngorms, stretching from the Drumochter pass in the west almost as far as the Aberdeenshire coast to the east, and lying south of the Dee.

The Mounth is a huge area. The A83 from Braemar south to Blairgowrie neatly slices the bulk of the range in two. To the west of this road are several distinct groups of hills; Beinn Dearg and Carn Liath north of Glen Tilt, the Beinn a Ghlo massif south and east of this same glen, the lonely Corbetts of the Gaick Forest, An Sgarsoch and its neighbours by the Tarf glen, The Beinn Iutharn / An Socach group nestling around the upper Dee, and the Cairnwell group hard by the A83. Glen Tilt provides a superb through-route for hardy walkers, while Glen Bruar, Glen Lochsie and other lonely valleys also offer routes into the hills for the walker and the mountain biker.

The mountains east of the A83 are concentrated largely into two groups - the Glas Maol plateau immediately east of the Glenshee ski grounds, and the Lochnagar massif south of Balmoral. A number of picturesque glens lead into these hills, among them Glen Esk, Glen Clova and Glen Isla from the Angus (south) side, and Glen Callater, Glen Muick and Glen Tanar from the Aberdeenshire (north) side. Linking these glens are the so-called Mounth roads, ancient drove roads and rights of way that still exist as tracks and offer fine through-routes as well as excellent access to mountain country.

Gallery Index

Glas Maol group, June 2000
Carn Liath, June 2005
Carn a' Chlamain, June 2005
The Glenshee Munros, July 2006
Lochnagar, July 2006
Morrone, July 2006
Beinn a'Ghlo, May 2008
Meall Chuaich, May 2008

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This page last updated 17th December 2008