GLEN BEAG – ECHOES OF THE ICE AGE – Landscapes
Walking down from Ben Earb and Meall Uaine to the Spittal of Glenshee, you are looking into Glen Beag (literally ‘small valley’) which joins Glenshee from the north. You may remember being taught about the Ice Age, when Scotland’s landscape was overrun with glaciers. When these glaciers disappeared about twenty thousand years ago they left behind clues of their existence – the classic U-shaped valley, flanked by rocky spurs and slopes of scree, with mounds and terraces of sand and gravel dropped by the ice as it melted, or washed along the valley sides by meltwater streams. Glen Beag is a reminder of how dramatic the effects of climate change can be.