The Geography of Menmuir
Of all the areas within the Angus Glens, the parish of Menmuir best epitomises the dual character of the landscape of north-eastern Scotland. If one climbs to the top of one of its ancient hill forts, the Caterthuns (Link to Caterthuns on History page), and faces south-east, the view stretches over typical Scottish Lowlands down to the North Sea at Montrose: rich farming country, substantial farm houses and the woodlands of great landed estates, crossed by the lower reaches of two of the country's great salmon rivers; a land of agricultural wealth and ancient market towns such as Brechin and Forfar, but linked to north and south by excellent communications including the A90 trunk road.

Menmuir straddles the line of the Great Highland Fault which separates highland from lowland, and the view to the north and west is of the heather covered hills surrounding Glen Lethnot and Glenesk, the vanguard of a hundred miles of virtually unbroken mountain scenery, rising and stretching to the Atlantic coast, with an economy founded on grouse, deer, and tourism.

Menmuir is partly bounded on the north by the West Water, the main tributary of the North Esk, and the Cruick Water flows through the southern areas of the parish.

View from the White Caterthun

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