Geo-Trips :: Glen Brown Circuit

Glen Brown

A walk from White Bridge, Tue, 1 Oct 2019 by Anne Burgess

This is one of the paths waymarked by Glenlivet Estate LinkExternal link. It's easy to follow, and passes over a variety of land including the old military road, pasture, moorland, forest, woodland, and along the A939, with good views over Strath Avon and towards the Cairngorms. One of the really striking features of the route todays was the vast number and variety of fungi to be observed along the way. Some sections are very muddy, notably the last mile or so before reaching the road near Bridge of Brown. We made a detour to avoid walking through a herd of cattle at Tombreck.

Click the blue circles to see a photograph taken from that spot and read further information about the location. The blue lines indicate the direction of view. There is also a slideshow of this trip. ( )

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NJ1320 : A939 at White Bridge by Anne Burgess
A939 at White Bridge
The A939 runs from Ballater to Nairn via Glengain, Corgarff, Tomintoul and... more

NJ1320 : Lower Slopes of Tom Mór by Anne Burgess
Lower Slopes of Tom Mór
The name Tom Mór is rather unaimaginative, meaning simply 'Big Knoll'. Yes,... more

NJ1320 : Old Military Road by Anne Burgess
Old Military Road
For parts of its length the A939 uses the route of 18th century military roads,... more

NJ1320 : Boggy Moorland by Anne Burgess
Boggy Moorland
This flattish hollow is damp and boggy and not recommended to walking.

NJ1320 : Old Military Road by Anne Burgess
Old Military Road
This is one of the sections of old military road which are bypassed by modern... more

NJ1422 : Strath Avon by Anne Burgess
Strath Avon
A gap in the trees offers a wide expanse of view down into Strath Avon.

NJ1320 : Fungi by Anne Burgess
Fungi
There seem to be three types of fungi here; the large wine-red one, the tiny white... more

NJ1321 : Ramshackle Gate by Anne Burgess
Ramshackle Gate
This gate on the old military road has seen better days! Good thing there is a... more

NJ1320 : Misshapen Fungus by Anne Burgess
Misshapen Fungus
There was nothing to suggest why this toadstool has developed the curious lump on... more

NJ1320 : Fungi by Anne Burgess
Fungi
It's that time of year again! There were literally hundreds, maybe thousands, of... more

NJ1421 : Strathavon Lodge and Mid Fodderletter by Anne Burgess
Strathavon Lodge and Mid Fodderletter
The building on the left are Strathavon Lodge, and just right of centre is Mid... more

NJ1320 : Fungi by Anne Burgess
Fungi
It's that time of year again! There were literally hundreds, maybe thousands, of... more

NJ1320 : Fungi by Anne Burgess
Fungi
It's that time of year again! There were literally hundreds, maybe thousands, of... more

NJ1420 : Fungi by Anne Burgess
Fungi
It's that time of year again! There were literally hundreds, maybe thousands, of... more

NJ1420 : Fungus by Anne Burgess
Fungus
It's that time of year again! There were literally hundreds, maybe thousands, of... more

NJ1420 : Lyngarrie by Anne Burgess
Lyngarrie
Lyngarrie is the rather isolated house in the centre of this view down Strath... more

NJ1420 : Cross-leaved Heath (Erica tetralix) by Anne Burgess
Cross-leaved Heath (Erica tetralix)
Although at its best in early summer, Cross-leaved Heath flowers into October.

NJ1420 : Fungus by Anne Burgess
Fungus
It's that time of year again! There were literally hundreds, maybe thousands, of... more

NJ1420 : Near Bridge of Avon by Anne Burgess
Near Bridge of Avon
The bridge, out of sight in this view, carries the A939 across the River Avon. The... more

NJ1420 : An Old Harrow by Anne Burgess
An Old Harrow
The piece of rusty machinery propped up against the fence is a harrow.

NJ1419 : Fungi by Anne Burgess
Fungi
It's that time of year again! There were literally hundreds, maybe thousands, of... more

NJ1419 : Toppled Trees by Anne Burgess
Toppled Trees
We were at a loss to know why so many trees, close to but not right on the edge of... more

NJ1419 : Torrans by Anne Burgess
Torrans
The back of an estate cottage at Torrans.

NJ1419 : Allt na Cluaine by Anne Burgess
Allt na Cluaine
The deciduous trees mark the course of Allt na Cluaine, a minor burn that flows... more

NJ1419 : Allt na Cluaine by Anne Burgess
Allt na Cluaine
A 'panoramic' view down the course of Allt na Cluaine near Torrans.

NJ1419 : Looking towards Campdalmore by Anne Burgess
Looking towards Campdalmore
Most of this view is in square, but the farm of Campdalmore, the only one in this... more

NJ1419 : Allt na Cluaine by Anne Burgess
Allt na Cluaine
You can't actually see Allt na Cluaine, but you see where it is by the trees on... more

NJ1419 : Former Forest by Anne Burgess
Former Forest
The maps show forestry all the way alongside the road here. We were very happy to... more

NJ1419 : Fungi by Anne Burgess
Fungi
It's that time of year again! There were literally hundreds, maybe thousands, of... more

NJ1419 : Douglas Fir by Anne Burgess
Douglas Fir
Easily recognisable by its distinctive cones and the bluish colour of its needles.

NJ1419 : Allt Cluaine by Anne Burgess
Allt Cluaine
Or, to be more specific, the course of Allt Cluaine, the burn itself being hidden... more

NJ1418 : Mossy Tree Stumps by Anne Burgess
Mossy Tree Stumps
In the foreground are the stumps of trees which once obscured this view across to... more

NJ1318 : Into the Open by Anne Burgess
Into the Open
At this point the tracke emerges from dense forest and into open country with... more

NJ1318 : The Track to Dorback Lodge by Anne Burgess
The Track to Dorback Lodge
The waymarker says that it's 6 km to Dorback Lodge and 2 km to Bridge of Brown. We... more

NJ1318 : Stronachavie by Anne Burgess
Stronachavie
The ruins of a substantial range of buildings at Stronachavie.

NJ1318 : Stronachavie by Anne Burgess
Stronachavie
Substantial ruins beside the road to Dorback Lodge.

NJ1318 : Stronachavie by Anne Burgess
Stronachavie
One of countless abandoned farms and crofts in the marginal hill land.

NJ1319 : Glen Brown 'Panorama' by Anne Burgess
Glen Brown 'Panorama'
A wide view of Glen Brown, complete with rainbow.

NJ1319 : Rainbow over Glen Brown by Anne Burgess
Rainbow over Glen Brown
The rainbow arches over the farm of Tombreck. The crags in the distance are on... more

NJ1218 : 'Panorama' of Glen Brown by Anne Burgess
'Panorama' of Glen Brown
My companions were kind enough to allow me to wait until the sun came out to... more

NJ1218 : Tombreck by Anne Burgess
Tombreck
These two ruined farms are both on the land named Tombreck. We had intended to... more

NJ1218 : Curr by Anne Burgess
Curr
Like all its neighbours, Curr is abandoned and its range of buildings ruinous.... more

NJ1318 : Fungus by Anne Burgess
Fungus
It's that time of year again! There were literally hundreds, maybe thousands, of... more

NJ1318 : Fungus by Anne Burgess
Fungus
It's that time of year again! There were literally hundreds, maybe thousands, of... more

NJ1318 : Fungus by Anne Burgess
Fungus
It's that time of year again! There were literally hundreds, maybe thousands, of... more

NJ1319 : Ruins at Tombreck by Anne Burgess
Ruins at Tombreck
The nearest ruins must have been fairly substantial in their day. The distant... more

NJ1319 : Glen Brown 'Panorama' by Anne Burgess
Glen Brown 'Panorama'
The ruins of the farm at Tombreck are just at the far side of the foreground... more

NJ1319 : Tombreck in Glen Brown by Anne Burgess
Tombreck in Glen Brown
Tombreck is the shadow in the centre of this view. The Burn of Brown is visible beyond it.

NJ1319 : Tombreck 'Panorama' by Anne Burgess
Tombreck 'Panorama'
The 'panorama' centred on Tombreck shows how the abandoned farm sits in the middle... more

NJ1219 : Midtown by Anne Burgess
Midtown
The small house at Midtown, now abandoned, stands beside the improved lands that... more

NJ1218 : Tombreck Ruins by Anne Burgess
Tombreck Ruins
This is the lower of two farms on the land named Tombreck.

NJ1219 : Watery Path by Anne Burgess
Watery Path
The path here can't make up its mind whether it's a path or a burn. Fortunately it... more

NJ1219 : Burn of Brown by Anne Burgess
Burn of Brown
Here is the lower glen the burn meanders on the flat ground. The obvious scar on... more

NJ1219 : Burn of Brown by Anne Burgess
Burn of Brown
Meanders in the lower course of the Burn of Brown.

NJ1219 : A Dark Tunnel by Anne Burgess
A Dark Tunnel
The path passes through an almost tunnel-like stand of conifers.

NJ1220 : A Dark Tunnel by Anne Burgess
A Dark Tunnel
The path passes through a tunnel-like forest of conifers.

NJ1220 : Bridge of Brown by Anne Burgess
Bridge of Brown
A few houses beside the A939 at Bridge of Brown.

All images © Anne Burgess and available under a Creative Commons licence external link.

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