Tuesday, December 19, 2017


It seems like an age since I was in the Scottish Hills. Yesterday though, I downed tools, and managed to squeeze a Corbett in between things needing to be done at home and children to be collected and taken to assorted places!

Monamenach has the reputation of being one of the easiest of the Corbetts. This is unsurprising as it is within sight of the easiest of all Munros in nearby Glenshee. This hill is found by the headwaters of the River Isla, at the Northern end of Glen Isla, at the end of the dead-end road running North-South parallel to the main A93. Entrance to the end of Glen Isla is marked by the distinctive shape of Forter Castle.

There is no parking at the farm and self-catering cottage where the Monamenach track leaves the road. Parking is available further down the road by the river; but this section of the road was impassable with ice yesterday, so I was forced to wedge the car on a precarious verge near the farm.

Navigation to the summit of Monamenach is very simple. A track skirts the farm and ascends into the hill. Where the track veers sharply left and bends southwards, a line of fence posts head to the right all the way to the summit.

Mount Blair forms a distinctive shape to the south, scene of several delightful winter, you can read about here

The larger hills to the North and West were nicely snow capped, enough to excite the ski-ers.

It was nice to be able to take my good camera into the hills too.

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