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Glen ey - Glen Shee track

Start location: Spittal of Glenshee (NO 110 699)
End location: Inverey (NO 089 893)
Geographical area: Perth, Kinross and Stirling (part), Cairngorms National Park
Path Type: Rural Path
Path distance: 24.5km
Accessibility info: Suitable for pedestrians

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Route Description

From Spittal of Glenshee take the track starting on the east side of the stone arch bridge taking the old A93 road over the Glen Lochsie Burn and follow it NW then N up Gleann Taitneach on the east side of the burn. Beyond the end of the track continue up the narrowing glen to Loch nan Eun, a high and lonely place surrounded by the rounded hills of the Mounth.
Go round the east side of the loch, which is at the watershed, and descend NE then N along the Allt Beinn Iutharn. Lower down there is a path on its west bank leading to the ruins of Altanour Lodge. From there a good track , crossing and recrossing the Ey Burn and meandering across grassy haughs, leads down to the lower glen. Before reaching Inverey cross to the east side of the burn to go down past Mar Estate Lodge.

OS Landranger 43 (Braemar & Blair Atholl)

Heritage Information

This old track doesn't really appear in old maps but is mostly shown in the 1st Edition Ordnance Survey 6 inch to the mile map.  However although there is not a track shown there are a lot of ruined townships, buildings and enclosures marked along the route in the map.  Therefore there were certainly people living along the route at one time but the track to and from these dwellings had long since disappeared by the 19th century.  It may well be that this route is very old and the possible presence of a medieval hospital at Spittal of Glenshee may support this.  There is no contemporary documentary evidence for this hospital but the place name 'Spittal' is often taken to mean that there was a medieval hospital, catering for travellers in particular, present.  It would make sense if this facility was located at junctions of paths and routes, which may suggest that this path was in use quite a long time ago.





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