Mount Keen Bike and Hike
The beautiful Glen Tanar is my favourite approach for a Mount Keen Bike & Hike event. It is a long quiet glen with wonderful native pine woods that are protected as the Glen Tanar Nature Reserve. Mount Keen sits on it’s own with impressive panoramic views from the summit. This combination makes for a long and relatively easy day out.
This is a Bike & Hike event so you will need to bring a mountain bike and a helmet with you.
We will meet up at the Glen Tanar visitors car park for this Mount Keen Bike & Hike. Starting with easy cycling to the end of the public road and through a farm. The route then takes us along the Mounth road a right of way through to Glen Esk on the south side of Mount Keen. It passes through the native woodlands that are home to Red Squirrels, Crested Tits, Capercaillie and Crossbills. All the way we are climbing steadily before emerging from the woods into upper Glen Tanar.
Mount Keen comes into view as we cycle along and soon enough we reach a new bridge over the River Tanar. We leave the bikes here and walk up a good path that takes us all the way to the summit. It’s a 2.5km walk and 500m climb from the bridge. After enjoying the views we retrace our steps back down to the bikes. The cycle back to the car park is much quicker as sections have more downhill than you expect!
Distance: 29km Ascent: 900m Time: 5-7hrs