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Glen Esk, Loch Lee, Falls of Unich, Angus, Scotland.
[16.9 km] Tue 25 Aug 2015

OS Grid Ref: NO 44668 80378
Lat/Long: 56.911405, -02.910297

It was overcast and raining when I left the car park at the west esnd of Glen Esk. I followed the road up the glen and soon came to Invermark Castle. It is very impressive and still up to full height. There is no access as the original entry door is high up on the wall side. It was originally built in the 16th century as a refuge from marauding rustlers.

Further along the road Loch Lee came in to view and also the small ruined chapel of Glenesk Old Parish Church. The first church was founded by St Drostan around the 8th century and rebuilt in the late 1600s. It was then destroyed in 1745 but I donít know what the circumstances were.

Glenesk Old Parish Church

Glenesk Old Parish Church

Glenlee

A good vehicle track continued along the loch side and at the end was a branch to the Inchgrundle buildings. It is listed as one of Britain's best dead ends. It looked partly occupied. I didnít go down the branch road as that would be my return route. I continued along the main glen, passing an empty and boarded up house of Glenlee and on into the distance.

Further up the Glen

I was following the Water of Lee and surprisingly saw a group of beehives down in the glen bottom. The track headed up Glen Lee but I left it to turn left over a footbridge and a wet path to the foot of the Falls of Unich.

Beehives

With all the rain there was plenty of rain coming down the falls. The path wound its way up to the right and climbed up though a narrowing gorge to the Falls of Damff. At the top the path was horribly boggy and I was glad to descent to the wooden footbridge over the Water of Unich.

Falls of Unich

Higher up the falls

Loch Lee

The next part of the route was indistinct and still very wet. It was nice to reach Cairn Lick and wonderful views across Loch Lee and the minor Carlochy below.

Carlochy

Heading south along the Summit edge I came to a rough vehicle access track presumable for the stalking and grouse shooting. It made the walking much easier and I was able to descend to Inchgrundle Farm with good views the whole way. Over a wooden footbridge I reached the farm buildings. The vehicle track crossed the river by a ford by the river. The farm access track took me back to the main track that Iíd used by the loch. I retraced my access route for about 2 miles and back to the car.

Inchgrundle outbuilding

Loch Lee

Inchgrundle Farm