Explore the wildlife of the River South Esk

We’ve chosen ten places in the catchment of the River South Esk that make great starting points for enjoying its wildlife. Most of them have paths nearby so you can spend some time exploring this beautiful landscape.

Our leaflet has a pictorial map of the sites and brief details about them.

Glen Doll

A beautiful glen close to the river’s source. Walking routes include a trail to a dramatic corrie where alpine plants grow.

Lorne Gill/SNH

Corrie Fee National Nature Reserve, Glen Doll.

Loch Brandy

Climb to a remote mountain loch. Mountain hares live on the moorland and wildcat hunt in the thin woodland nearby.


Loch Brandy.

Gella Bridge

A picnic site on the riverbank. Look out for dippers - wee birds that dive underwater to catch their food.

The riverside at Gella Bridge.

Glen Prosen

In the remote hills around the Prosen Water you might spot red deer or golden eagle.

Edinburgh Nette/Flickr

Tulloch Hill

The monument to the 11th Earl of Airlie crowns a hill draped in heather and blueberry, with wonderful views.

Scott McBride

The Airlie Monument


The river rushes through a rocky gorge, and red squirrels scamper through the beech woodland.

James Carter

The start of the woodland path


Close to the famous Pictish stones there’s a wonderful view across the river’s wide strath.

James Carter

The view from Aberlemno

Inch Park

A popular park in the centre of Brechin. Bats roost in the willow trees and wildflowers grow by the river.

The playground in Inch Park.

The Lurgies

Just before it reaches the sea, the river flows into the wide bowl of Montrose Basin. Thousands of geese shelter here in autumn.

James Carter

Montrose Basin from The Lurgies


Fresh water meets salt in a surge of currents at the river’s mouth. Dolphins and seals hunt for fish here.

Kelly Ann Dempsey