Shank Hill, Dog Hillock and Hill of Glansie from Glenmoy (16/04/21)

Brief Description

A straightforward up to top and down again route this time. I was mainly looking for a good ascent and from previous trips to Glenmoy seen that a track went nearly all the way to the top.





Time Taken




OS Map No (Landranger 1:50,000)


OS Map No (Explorer 1:25,000)


Car Parking

Car park at head of Glenmoy

Start Point

Track heading North from Car Park - passes Farmhouse & Farm.

Walk Description

Got a marvellous sunny and warming day for April. Felt more like summer than my previous walks up Glenmoy, which were more Winter like. There were 4 cars in car park when I got there, and more arriving as I was getting ready to walk. When I got back to car I counted 14 cars on top of mine! Got talking to a woman at the car before heading off. She was with friends (5 total from the crowd I met later on up hill), who were all in individual cars due to COVID. I started off before them and stopped for a coffee at Rough Craig. They got in front and I overtook them on Balbui after a quick talk about the terrain going round to Manywee, which they were doing. There were few 4 wheeled drive vehicles out and one stopped to thank me for keeping my dog on a lead! At the gate to the 722m top there were 2 vehicles. There was also a large antenna, which seemed to be powered by solar and an unusual wind turbine - cylinder shaped! I walked on to Dog Hillock then to the Trig Point on the Hill of Glansie, stopping for lunch. Return was by way I came. On the way down, mete a lovely chap from Forfar and we talked about the hills, cameras and back pain. He was a good bit overweight but it didn't stop him from hillwalking regularly. Further on I met a lady, may 5-8 years older than me who had left her husband in their small camper in the car park as he had knee problems. She was also going around to Manywee.

Route Details

OS Map

Download file for GPS

Ascent Profile

Shank Hill, Rough Craig, Dog Hillock and Hill of Glansie walk - profile 160421

Notes on Back Pain

Back was feeling quite good at outset. Maybe struggling a bit on the ling descent and was using my abs a good bit. Update on 18/04/21: No adverse effects I'd say, but still have the pain to right off centre nagging away each day. This seemed to get worse after my long Glen Lethnot day, dropping off a steep grassy slope. Once I get the pack on and start walking it does ease and go away!

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