Ruthven - Moy (17km 500m ca 2hours)

A quick route mostly on tracks but some heather bashing in a very quiet bit of the hills. I imagine it is quite heavily used for grouse shoots so take the season and timing into account. All in all a good low level run (top height is ca. 490m) and worth keeping in mind when the weather forecast is bad on the higher hills. It would be an easy bike ride too if you kept to the more defined tracks.

Turn off the A9 at the sign post to Ruthven which is just past Moy Hall. Cross over the humpback bridge and park in the obvious large layby (NH805324) on the right hand side. Leave the car here and run up the road for a km to the first house in Ruthven. Take the first estate road on your left just after the bridge (NH814330). Follow this track, ignoring tracks off to the left and right. After about 3km the track drops steeply down hill until another track heads back up the hill (NH810353). Take this to the head of the burn, either traverse the hill side on the very faint track which heads north or take the estate road that goes around the back of a small hillock (junction at NH807356). Both tracks eventually meet close to Allt Odhar. Follow the estate track which runs west alongside of the burn through numerous splashes. At the bothy (NH793369) cross the stream and head South to meet up with a very faint track which heads southwest to the forest. Aim for the dip between Beinn an Uain and Beinn na h-lolaire Bheag. Cross over the gate (NH780355), drop down a couple of hundred meters and take the overgrown forestry track on your left. Follow this more or less along the flat until you reach a well made track in an area of clear felled trees. Follow this track until you can drop down a narrow bit of singletrack through the trees which is followed to the bottom of the hill. Head out past a parking place on to the road, go past the house at Tullochclury and just after you enter some forestry take the right hand over grown track. Follow this track through the forest, over some fields and then more forest before ending up on the road again. Head left back up to your car.


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