Recreation and tourism
A wide variety of outdoor activities is available in the area. The Angus Glens, a popular tourist destination for walking, climbing, angling and mountain biking, provide good access to the Eastern Cairngorms all year round.
The Forestry Commission car park at the head of Glen Doll caters for around 70,000 visitors each year, and a new ranger base with interpretation and educational facilities has recently opened (See “Towards Sustainable Prosperity – An Economic Development Strategy for Angus”.)
Although the Scottish Youth Hostel Association (SYHA) youth hostel and the campsite previously in Glen Doll have now closed, the nearby Glen Clova Hotel helps to cater for this site by providing a restaurant, a hotel, a bunkhouse and self-catering chalet accommodation.
The ‘Glen Prosen Cottages’ holiday cottages business has a number of self-catering cottages in Glen Prosen along with a recently-opened hostel. Other B&B and hotel accommodation is found in the nearby towns of Brechin, Forfar, Kirriemuir and Montrose. There are also a number of hotspots for picnicking, with the Glen Doll picnic site and Gella Bridge being two favourites.
Sea trout and salmon fishing in particular, are popular activities along much of the main river. There are two trout farms, Loch Heath part of the Glen Clova Hotel business and Kinnnaird Mill trout farm, near Brechin. Canoeing takes place, although to a much lesser extent than on the neighbouring River Tay.
Montrose Basin with the Scottish Wildlife Trust visitor centre is well placed for bird watching, particularly during winter when thousands of geese stop off at the basin on their yearly migration.