Ruthven - Glen Tromie

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Follow farm and moorland tracks up from the barracks onto heather moorland, passing an isolated, ruined cottage at Braeruthven. A short detour can be made to the summit of Beinn Bhuidhe, a 360-metre hill overlooking Kingussie. On the moorland, several pathways diverge, but the intended route is the most obvious.

Continue straight ahead down the steep side of Glen Tromie to a sign, where a short diversion to avoid disturbance to isolated houses leads down to a private bridge over the River Tromie. Either cross the bridge to follow the tarmac road on the far bank, or, preferably, stay on the near bank of the river to follow a clear track through the woods back to the B970.

At the road, turn left, after 100m right and almost immediately left again, onto a grassy trail through a field towards the RSPB car park. At the car park, follow a short stretch of old road onto the B970 again and follow this back to Ruthven.

Scotland - Highlands and Islands - Highland - Cairngorms

Features

Ancient Monument, Birds, Castle, Great Views, Hills or Fells, Moor, Public Transport, River, Wildlife, Woodland
24/08/2020 - Peter Jones

We did this walk in late August. The heather on the top of the hill, and on the borders of Glen Tromie Forest, was truly spectacular. Overall, this was a most enjoyable walk with varied scenery, great views over to the Glen Feshie hills, the Monadhliaths, and as far as Ben Alder. The path up to the top of the hill was very good, as was the path through Glen Tromie forest, but the short section through the birch woods down into Glen Tromie was very overgrown. We lost the path soon after waypoint 8, and found ourselves being drawn too far to the west, before clawing our way down the very wet edge of a deer fence to get eventually down to waypoint 10. So take great care from waypoint 8 and try to find a route directly down the hill. Thoroughly recommended nevertheless!