Backwater reservoir nestles in the eastern Angus hills 14 miles NW of Forfar, at an altitude of 300 m. Opened in 1969, it is nearly 4 km long (N-S) and about 0.5 km wide. It serves the main towns in Angus as well as Coupar Angus and Blairgowrie, and provides additional supplies to Dundee should the demand on nearby Lintrathen Reservoir become too great. The dam is 500 m long and the reservoir contains some 25 million cubic metres of water. Fishing for wild brown trout is from the bank only.

A minor road continues north from the B954 at Dykend across the dam and up the east side to Glenhead farm. At the West end of the dam is a large car park with toilets. There is another car park and picnic area, with summer only toilets, on the east side. 

Leisurely Walk: walks for reasonably fit people with a little country walking experience. May include unsurfaced rural paths. Walking boots and warm, waterproof clothing are recommended.

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