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Comprising a high, mountainous north, rolling hills in the south east, a scenic coastline and a wide, verdant valley running across its heartland, walks in Angus are as endlessly varied as they are lovely. Throw in historic abbeys, majestic castles and pristine country parks, you’ve soon got a region to enthral all.

If hillwalking is your thing, the magnificent Angus Glens punctuate deep into the high ground of the Mounth in the southern Cairngorms. Experience the freedom of the hills on vast expanses of high tundra, where the land has a definite Arctic flavour. Mountain hares dart about before your eyes and the incredible sight of a golden eagle overhead is not uncommon.

Superb hikes in Angus are easy to find on its North Sea coastline. Stunning headlands, sandy white beaches and red cliffs set ablaze by sunrise all await you. Whatever your tastes or mood, you’ll find an adventure to match in Angus


Top 20 best walks and hikes in Angus

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    Difficult
    05:05
    9.18 mi
    1.8 mph
    2,500 ft
    2,500 ft
    Expert Hiking Tour. Very good fitness required. Easily-accessible paths. Suitable for all skill levels.
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    Difficult
    05:40
    11.3 mi
    2.0 mph
    2,150 ft
    2,150 ft
    Expert Hiking Tour. Very good fitness required. Easily-accessible paths. Suitable for all skill levels.
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    Intermediate
    04:07
    7.30 mi
    1.8 mph
    2,125 ft
    2,125 ft
    Intermediate Hiking Tour. Good fitness required. Easily-accessible paths. Suitable for all skill levels.
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    Intermediate
    03:28
    5.75 mi
    1.7 mph
    2,075 ft
    2,075 ft
    Intermediate Hiking Tour. Good fitness required. Easily-accessible paths. Suitable for all skill levels.
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    Easy
    01:11
    2.84 mi
    2.4 mph
    100 ft
    100 ft
    Easy hike. Great for any fitness level. Easily-accessible paths. Suitable for all skill levels.
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    Easy
    01:32
    3.68 mi
    2.4 mph
    100 ft
    100 ft
    Easy hike. Great for any fitness level. Easily-accessible paths. Suitable for all skill levels.
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    Intermediate
    02:24
    5.82 mi
    2.4 mph
    150 ft
    150 ft
    Intermediate Hiking Tour. Good fitness required. Easily-accessible paths. Suitable for all skill levels.
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    Intermediate
    01:42
    3.39 mi
    2.0 mph
    650 ft
    650 ft
    Intermediate Hiking Tour. Great for any fitness level. Mostly accessible paths. Sure-footedness required.
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    Intermediate
    02:03
    4.16 mi
    2.0 mph
    750 ft
    725 ft
    Intermediate Hiking Tour. Good fitness required. Mostly accessible paths. Sure-footedness required.
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    Intermediate
    02:45
    6.58 mi
    2.4 mph
    200 ft
    200 ft
    Intermediate Hiking Tour. Good fitness required. Easily-accessible paths. Suitable for all skill levels.
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    Intermediate
    04:30
    10.8 mi
    2.4 mph
    350 ft
    350 ft
    Intermediate Hiking Tour. Good fitness required. Easily-accessible paths. Suitable for all skill levels.
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    Intermediate
    03:47
    8.81 mi
    2.3 mph
    500 ft
    500 ft
    Intermediate Hiking Tour. Good fitness required. Easily-accessible paths. Suitable for all skill levels.
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    Intermediate
    02:04
    4.44 mi
    2.1 mph
    600 ft
    600 ft
    Intermediate Hiking Tour. Good fitness required. Easily-accessible paths. Suitable for all skill levels.
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    Intermediate
    01:51
    3.49 mi
    1.9 mph
    825 ft
    825 ft
    Intermediate Hiking Tour. Great for any fitness level. Mostly accessible paths. Sure-footedness required.
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    Easy
    01:24
    3.32 mi
    2.4 mph
    125 ft
    125 ft
    Easy hike. Great for any fitness level. Easily-accessible paths. Suitable for all skill levels.
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    Intermediate
    02:38
    5.76 mi
    2.2 mph
    675 ft
    675 ft
    Intermediate Hiking Tour. Good fitness required. Easily-accessible paths. Suitable for all skill levels.
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    Intermediate
    02:20
    4.84 mi
    2.1 mph
    775 ft
    775 ft
    Intermediate Hiking Tour. Good fitness required. Mostly accessible paths. Sure-footedness required.
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    Easy
    01:08
    2.80 mi
    2.5 mph
    25 ft
    25 ft
    Easy hike. Great for any fitness level. Easily-accessible paths. Suitable for all skill levels.
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    Intermediate
    04:59
    9.94 mi
    2.0 mph
    1,925 ft
    1,925 ft
    Intermediate Hiking Tour. Good fitness required. Easily-accessible paths. Suitable for all skill levels.
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    Intermediate
    02:10
    5.19 mi
    2.4 mph
    175 ft
    175 ft
    Intermediate Hiking Tour. Good fitness required. Easily-accessible paths. Suitable for all skill levels.
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Coast, castles and cattle

The North Sea coastline is delightful, with the wild headlands of Scurdie Ness and Buddon Ness both beguiling places to explore. The striated red sandstone of Seaton Cliffs is yet another marvellous sight.

The land then rises gently to the rolling Sidlaw Hills, the highest of which, Craigowl Hill at 1,493 feet (455 m), is a great vantage for looking over Dundee and the surrounding agricultural land. A little further north, it is difficult not to be impressed by the majesty of Glamis Castle’s towers and turrets, whilst its gardens offer parkland, mixed woodland and a plethora of flora and fauna.

Separating the mountainous north and the modest Sidlaw Hills is the vast, verdant swathe of Strathmore, a fertile land famous for the cattle with which Angus is synonymous. Walks in Angus don’t get any greener or stress-free than those found here.

Getting high in the Cairngorms National Park

Many of the best hiking trails in Angus explore the unique landscapes found in the southern reaches of the Cairngorms National Park. Epitomised by rounded green hills, spacious wide glens and a vast plateau of sedge, moss and grass, it is a sensational place to roam.

Each charming in its own right, the five Angus Glens cut deep into the high plateau of the Mounth and contain the kind of breathtaking scenes that make Scotland the envy of most nations. The handsome market towns of Blairgowrie, Brechin and Kirriemuir are great bases, with bus services that take you into the heart of the glens. From there, serene valley trails lead upwards, allowing you access to no less than ten Munro summits.

Mountainous hikes in Angus can be made easier and much more accessible by making use of the Cairnwell Pass, Britain’s highest pass at 2,199 feet (670 m). From here, nearby Munros can be knocked off with relative ease.

Glaciated magnificence around Glen Clova

Arguably Angus’ most dramatic glen is Glen Clova, a remarkable glaciated landscape that culminates in the awe-inspiring natural amphitheatre of Corrie Fee. A tumbling burn crashes from the rocky ramparts and wonderful trails lead to Driesh at 3,107 feet (947 m) and Mayar at 3,045 feet (928 m), two firm favourites boasting incredible views across the vast plateau.


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