Craigthran & Manywee loop from Glenmoy (09/04/21).

Craigtharn from 1km or so South

Brief Description

A new route to me and only 2nd time up Glenmoy.





Time Taken




OS Map No (Landranger 1:50,000)

44: Ballater & Glen Clova

OS Map No (Explorer 1:25,000)


Car Parking

Car park below Farmhouse at end of Glenmoy public road. Space for 4-5 cars.

Start Point

Take the left track 10m north of car park area.

Walk Description

The temperature on the tops must have been -2 and was bitterly cold in the wind. Wished I'd had a belt for my Montane winter trousers as they would have been on today! I did though have on my buff and Karrimor Winter peak, fleece lined hat, and had to keep the waterproof's hood up to for nearly all the walk - even down in the glen! On walking up the track about 1.5km South of Craigthran, there is an AWD track that's goes West and turns up to 'The Aud' and continues on for a good bit. It seems to head back to the glen at some point, BUT another track appears from the Glen Clova side and continues most of the way to Manywee by way of 'Tops of Fichell' and could easily be picked up by continuing the ridge. This would make a great circular walk, either by dropping back to Craigthran, or down to Glenmoy. Further up the track, there is a branch to the right - ignore this and continue straight on. The climb up this track to the top of Craigthran is steep. From the top it is straightforward to carry on to the 553m top. Now, on leaving the 553m top you drop down to the glen, but there is a track on the left (not on the map) goes NEARLY all the way to the top of Manywee. As you come to a big boulder on the left side of the track, there is a fainter track heads toward the top. Take this, and it leads to an electric fence. The fence is down in places, so probably no longer electrified, but there is to the left a spring gateway. Take a bearing from here to the cairn on the top of Manywee. Return by same means. Dropping down to the Glen there is a lodge type hut (see photos) and I stopped for lunch here - it was lovely in the sun and no wind to speak off. On leaving here it was a lovely 3-4km walk back to the car. There are two ruined buildings at Shank, and slightly further on, a ruined house that was lived it not to long ago, as it had an electric pole and TV Aerial. From here it was a short walk past what looked empty Farmhouse.

Route Details

OS Map

Download file for GPS

Ascent Profile

Notes on Back Pain

Back had been achy before walk, but once again, once I am walking the pain seems to go away! Felt good on getting back home.