Glenesk is set in a wonderful landscape of moorland, native woodland, plantations, enclosed arable land and rough pasture, high ground with cliffs, corries and Mount Keen, the most easterly Munro on the north boundary between the Counties of Angus and Aberdeenshire. Loch Lee, at Invermark, is particularly striking.
The hills may look empty and bare to the casual visitor, but they are carefully managed. Heather burning and vermin control play important roles in a well run estate and the resulting beautiful countryside is a testament to how well farmers and game keepers look after Glenesk. The moors are important for grouse, red deer and sheep and support a wide range of flora and fauna.
Conifer plantations and native broad leaved woodland are an integral part of the landscape of Glenesk (Glen of the Rowans). Most of the woods are predominately of birch, but many of the trees are now old. Steps are now being taken, with some areas being fenced, off to exclude grazing animals and allow regeneration of the birch wood.
The water of the rivers and lochs of the area are in pristine condition and the River North Esk has for many years been a focus for fishery research. There is fine salmon and trout fishing particularly in the lower glen. Loch Lee is a public reservoir and supplies much of Angus and South Aberdeenshire (formerly Kincardineshire).
One of the most scenic rivers of Scotland, the river Northesk flows into the North Sea on the border of Angus and Aberdeenshire (Kincardineshire) north of Montrose.
This is one of the finest and most scenic rivers in Scotland and offers some of the best fly fishing in the world. Stunning views, fertile farmland, historic castles and picturesque bridges are all part of the beauty of the River North Esk.
Near the village of Edzell is one of the most scenic spots in Angus. Entering through a small wooden door known as the "Blue Door," you are immediately transported to a pristine area of trails, woods, glades, wildlife, and the famous "Rocks of Solitude".
Glenesk is seen as a very traditional glen, with its own customs and strong sense of community.
Archaeological and historical landmarks, with their own stories, are an important part of the culture and landscape of the area. The Glenesk Folk Museum holds a large amount of archival material and artefacts from the Glen, which give a picture of the way the people lived and worked in the bygone days.
Although there may be fewer people in the Glen, the folk still continue with many of the Glens traditional institutions. There are three churches, a primary school and a variety of social gatherings.
The picturesque village of Edzell at the foot of Glen Esk is a lively and bustling community, with shops, B&Bs, several local businesses (including paintballing at Bedlam) and an excellent golf course. The residents of Edzell are justifiably proud of their ability to win, and continue to win, the first prize for the Village Category of 'Britain in Bloom'.