Loch Brandy and Glen Clova

We were up in Scotland over Easter weekend, which seems like quite a while ago now.  We were hoping to be up in Scotland this weekend but stuff at work didn’t arrange itself in a way that allowed us to make the journey.  As a consolation prize (mainly to myself), I’ll post about something we did on Good Friday: a walk up and round Loch Brandy in Glen Clova.

Loch Brandy, Glen Clova

I always forget the long trek up to Loch Brandy from the floor of the Glen – its higher than I think. Then I see the Snub, a fairly steep scramble upto above the loch. The route we followed was more or less this one.   R and I have done this walk before, probably about 8 years ago.  My Dad had done the walk to Loch Brandy before on a Geography field trip from Dunfermline High School.  When we got back home, he managed to dig out the school magazine that contained a report of the trip (Dunfermline High School Magazine 1964.  Pg 41):

This year’s geography department excursion was to Glen Clova in Angus.  On Saturday a party of forty pupils and staff travelled by way of Perth and Meikleour to Bairgowrie, passing the world famous “Hedge of Beeches” that takes its name from the former place.

After a short break at Blairgowrie, the itinery [sic] through the Braes of Angus Country took the party successfully to Alyth with its “sacrosanct trout”, the spectacular gorge  of the Isla in the Den of Airlie, the largest Kame in Scotland on the Braes of Airlie, the Lock of Kinnordy with its black-headed gullery and Ancient Britain crannogs, and finally to the Cumberland Drain and the Kirie Den with its interesting geological associations,

We lunched on the rolling parkland which surrounds the 12th Century Keep of Inverquharity and there the party crossed the Highland Edge into the great furrow of Glen Clova.

In spite of  the rather hazy conditions the numerous corries, truncated spurs, morains and nunatak, all associated with this glen, could be easily discerned.

The highlight of the excursion was the ascent to the corrie Lochan of Loch Brandy (2250 ft) which was achieved with only a few minor casualties (bog-wallowing!).

Tea was enjoyed at the popular Angus rendezvous of Dunfermline High School School – the Airlie Arms Hotel, Kirriemuir – and the journey home was via Glamis, Strathmore, Dundee and the Carse of Gowrie which enabled the excursionist to see an up-to-date industrial estate and to compare the carselands with those of Strathmore, visited earlier in the day.  Good weather favoured the excursion throughout.

We managed the trip without any bog-wallowing (although I remember ending up knee-deep in a mountain stream the first time we did the walk).  I am intrigued however about what the up-to-date industrial estate was!

Here we all are at the top, Mum’s taking the photo.

Above Loch Brandy

All in all it was a grand day out, perhaps not the epic bus ride of Dunfermline High School’s trip, and certainly missing the drama of a good bog-wallow.  We made up for it with a nice pint at the Clova Hotel, distinctly better I feel, than tea 1964 style!  Actually the day ended with a Haggis Supper which to the uninitiated is haggis, battered and deep fried with chips.


2 Replies to “Loch Brandy and Glen Clova”

  1. I am a keen follower of your blogs and being ignorant of anything to do with chemistry and associated matters am delighted to be able to reply to this particular offering. My memory of my first visit to Loch Brandy is of a quick dash up a wee hill, a glance at said corrie lochan and a dash back to the charabanc with no reward resembling a pint of foaming ale! The passage of 47 years seems to have made things appear a little different. Now the memory is not what it was and the 3 week recovery period for aching knee and sacro-iliac joints seems to be a new phenomenon. However although The Snub was snubbed 47 years ago the challenge was met on this occasion and all did their best to adhere to the school motto of Dunfermline High School – Labor omnia vincit. Quid quid agis age pro viribus. (Google refers) What does not change is the sheer beauty, grandeur and tranquility of Glen Clova…oh, and Alari’s fine haggis suppers!

  2. Found the article interesting but even more so that one motto quidquid agis age pro viribus is these days given as one simple quid and not quidquid – anyone know why it has changed since I was there?

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