Glen Clova Hotel – River South Esk
Salmon and sea trout fishing on the River South Esk, stay in the cozy Drovers Inn – The Glen Clova Hotel.
Hiding in a corner at the head of Glen Clova, close to the River Esk, is the Glen Clova hotel. Originally a Drovers Inn, dating back to the 1850’s the current hotel has been recently upgraded without losing any of its charm and heritage. The Climbers Bar is cozy and a haven to enjoy home-cooked suppers. I enjoyed a delicious game pie and a cold Guinness by the wood burning stove. You can enjoy chatting with like-minded outdoor enthusiasts. Hanging on the walls of this outdoor enthusiasts meeting place, are artifacts of a bygone era, like sheep clippers and antique farm tools. The bedrooms are delightful, comfortable beds, hot showers, and new carpets, with lots of thoughtful wee touches in the decor. The showers are hot and if you stay in some of the lodges you can enjoy a sauna or a soak in the hot tub.
The Glen Clova Hotel is surrounded by some of the best river and loch fishing in Scotland, and its all close proximity to the hotel. There are 6 miles of the South Esk offering fly fishing for salmon, trout and sea trout. Access to various parts of the river is through farmers fields using our Land Rover Discovery. In addition, there are two trout lochs. Loch Brandy offers wild brown trout fishing on a typical hill loch, and closer to the hotel there is the easily accessed and stunningly beautiful Loch Heath. This is a fly fishing venue that would also suit a corporate fishing event.
It has to be said the charm of Glen Clova, is the feeling that you are in a true wilderness, and this is. The hotel is in The Cairngorms National Park, Britains last wilderness. The changing light, landscapes and rugged beauty of the Glen take your breath away. Wi-fi is not available in bedrooms, however, if you want to check in to the outside world, then the lobby area of the hotel has plenty space to sit privately and conduct your business.
In summary, if you are keen on the outdoors, photography, wildlife, fishing, shooting, and really escaping to a lesser-known corner of Scotland, then Glen Clova is a true Hidden Gem.