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.
A beautiful glen close to the river’s source. Walking routes include a trail to a dramatic corrie where alpine plants grow.
Climb to a remote mountain loch. Mountain hares live on the moorland and wildcat hunt in the thin woodland nearby.
A picnic site on the riverbank. Look out for dippers - wee birds that dive underwater to catch their food.
In the remote hills around the Prosen Water you might spot red deer or golden eagle.
The monument to the 11th Earl of Airlie crowns a hill draped in heather and blueberry, with wonderful views.
The river rushes through a rocky gorge, and red squirrels scamper through the beech woodland.
Close to the famous Pictish stones there’s a wonderful view across the river’s wide strath.
A popular park in the centre of Brechin. Bats roost in the willow trees and wildflowers grow by the river.
Just before it reaches the sea, the river flows into the wide bowl of Montrose Basin. Thousands of geese shelter here in autumn.
Fresh water meets salt in a surge of currents at the river’s mouth. Dolphins and seals hunt for fish here.