Wild South Esk

The ‘Wild South Esk’ Trail is an exciting exploration along Angus’s largest waterway – the River South Esk – from the Cairngorm Mountains to the North Sea. 

The route is 50 miles long and tell the tale of more than 40 native Scottish species including Scotland’s Big Five of golden eagle, red deer, red squirrel, otter, and harbour seal, all found in the catchment. 

Through wonderfully beautiful bespoke illustrations we want to tell you the tale of iconic Scottish wildlife and some everyday wildlife including greater spotted woodpecker and the dipper. Lesser known wonders that may pique your curiosity including hydra and honey fungus and freshwater pearl mussels all feature in this unique Angus adventure.

Enjoy eight new onsite interpretive installations and a dedicated website www.riversouthesk.org  highlighting 10 stops in all.  Walking and cycling opportunities can be found from at all sites and an illustrated map of the catchment will help you explore the many sites that you’ll want to visit time and time again.

The ‘Wild South Esk’ is an Angus LEADER funded project which aims to enhance encourage locals and visitors to explore this corner of Angus and support rural diversification. Our website provides links to Visit Angus webpages on local accommodation, eating out and visitor attractions.

Key People
Photo of Kelly Ann Dempsey

Kelly Ann Dempsey

Kelly Ann Dempsey has been the River South Esk Catchment Partnership Project Co-ordinator for 10yrs.  The Partnership deliver a wide range of projects that protect and enhance species and habitats of the River South Esk. Wild South Esk is a Transnational Co-operation LEADER project with the Merikarvia river in Satakunta, Finland. The rivers were twined a spart of the project which focuses on creating opportunities for rural development and community engagement. More information can be found at www.riversouthesk.org 

Email – info@theriversouthesk.org