Glen Esk, Tarfside and the Badalair

Route Key

TR Turn Right SO Straight On T T Junction RBT Roundabout SP Sign Post TL Turn Left Y Y Junction X Crossroads TFL Traffic Lights

Route Description

Park at Tarfside car park where there are toilets and a campsite. Head West out of the car park, over the bridge, straight ahead off the main road and on to a good track. Follow this for just over 2km until you are approaching the farm ‘Westbank’. Take the less obvious straight ahead route keeping to the north of the farm buildings rather than veering left down through the farm. Continue through a gate sign posted ‘Invermark’ to the road.

The climb uphill past Auchronie farm is fairly steep but has outstanding views of Loch Lee and Glen Mark to enjoy.

It’s easy to miss the track at the top of the hill in the heather where you need to turn sharp right. Follow a southeast direction for a short distance before contouring round the hill to Badalair. Then it’s downhill all the way!

Note: There is an electric fence on the track around 1.5km up from Auchronie and another at the bottom of the steeper downhill section from Badalair.

On the downhill, when you reach some ruins, the track takes a sharp right which isn’t obvious (don’t go straight ahead).

Route Specific Information:

  • This is an exposed hillside route and you should be suitably equipped and prepared.
  • Please stick to the recommended route.
  • Refreshments available at The Retreat, 2km down Glenesk, back towards Edzell.

Starting Point

Tarfside car park, Glen Esk

Trail Type

Mountain Bike






Difficult (Red)

Route Map

Tarfside Map