Glen Doll

Near the river’s source, alpine plants grow in a dramatic corrie

Close to the river’s source, you can picnic by the river, discover a dramatic bowl gouged from the mountain by a glacier, or head for long walks in the hills. Forestry and Land Scotland manage the car park and trails here, and there’s a ranger centre run by ANGUSalive.

One of the four marked trails will take you to Corrie Fee, an impressive amphitheatre carved into the rocks by the glaciers that shaped the glen. It’s a National Nature Reserve because of its remarkable geology and the rare alpine plants that grow here.

Lorne Gill/SNH

Mountain hare

Lorne Gill/SNH

A view of Corrie Fee from above

Lorne Gill/SNH

Woolly willow

Walking and cycling
Paths for everyone

The Glen Doll webpage has details of all the trails here – there’s something for everyone, whether you want a gentle stroll or a long hike. Glen Doll is a popular starting point for hill walks to Dreish and Mayar, two Munros – peaks above 3,000 feet. These routes are suitable for experienced and well-equipped walkers only.

Look out for
Alpine blue sow thistle

Alpine plants first started growing here at the end of the last Ice Age, as the glaciers melted. High, remote and cold, Corrie Fee is one of the few places where they still survive.

Golden eagle

The wide plateau of the Cairngorm mountains is an ideal habitat for golden eagles. Keep your eyes on the sky and you might be lucky enough to spot one.