In days of old, crossing from Glen Isla to Braemar was no easy task. The drovers and travelling merchants faced an impenetrable lump in the shape of Glas Maol and its neighbouring peaks, Creag Leacach and Cairn of Claise. With no handy low level glens to create a road through, they had to go up and over. The head of Caenlochan was steep and craggy so in the end they resorted to a route that took them up and out of Glen Isla, over the long southern ridge of Monega Hill, and on to Glas Maol. In good weather it must have been hard work driving cattle or hauling goods over this road. In hostile conditions, it would have been downright dangerous.

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