Monamemach from Glen Isla

Hillkwalking route up Monamenach from Auchavan in Glen Isla

Estate and ATV tracks lead from Auchavan in Glen Isla all the way to Monamenach's summit. Simple navigation and only 450m ascent make this Corbett one of the easiest to bag !

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Ascent 450m (1470ft)
Distance 5km (3m)
Time 2:00hr
Start/finish Bridge by Auchavan
Grid Ref : NO193698
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From by the bridge over the River Isla, an estate track then ATV tracks aside an old line of wooden fence-posts are followed all the way to Monamenach's flat summit. There's only 450m ascent to gain the small cairn on the summit, from where fine views can be had to the southern Cairngorms and the hills of the Angus Glens.

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1. Getting to Auchavan in Glen Isla

Due north of the towns of Alyth and Blairgowrie, Glen Isla travels towards the southern reaches of the Cairngorms and the Glenshee hills.

The A93 travels north from Perth, through Blairgowrie. Around 20km north of this town, the B951 cuts a route eastwards from the A93 and around 5km east of the junction with the A93, an unclassified road heads north up Glen Isla. Passing through Forter, this narrow road travels for 6km to its end by the large house at Auchavan.

At Auchavan turn right following the sign pointing to Dalhally and drive downhill on a rough track to park by a bridge over the River Isla.

2. Monamenach

Leave the car park and head up to the bridge over the River Isla. Just past the bridge, a Right of Way sign points the way to Braemar - turn left here onto grass and up to an estate track by felled forestry - turn left again (heading south-west). Around 100m on this track, look for some ATV tracks that head westwards - these meet up with another estate track heading uphill.

Now on the estate track above Auchavan, follow it uphill for just over 1km as it climbs to its highest point at just over 600m. On the right a fainter track, part ATV tracks, part worn footpath, strikes directly uphill - head up this, the gradient slightly steeper than the estate track, but still runnable.

A line of old fence-posts appears on your right indicating the summit is close and before long the tracks and fence-posts merge at the small summit cairn on Monemenach . Rather fine views for such little effort, giving a different perspective of the nearby mountain ranges of Glenshee and the Angus Glens.

3. Return

Simply put, retrace your steps back to Auchavan !

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