Weather: blue skies, warm in the sun; strong chilly breeze.
You park in the second layby-y bit after the turn for Spittal of Glenshee, if you want to be right at the start. There's space for four cars at the gate if they're well parked.
Chosen as a close-to-home walk, not too strenuous. Track to start with is a long generally continuous ascent, over a few pretty burns, and alongside more than a few black grouse (we think).
The path after you turn left off the track isn't great. For about half the way up, it looked like someone had dropped a tonne sack of stones down the hillside - they're pretty loose and uneven. To the side of this mini-rockfall, where people have avoided the rocks, it's bare earth you could plant tatties in without much digging: really loose and soft.
Above this though, it's a nice, defined path to the cairn, and pretty good going once you've done the steep bit.
We had lunch in the lee of the cairn (chilly wind) and then popped over to the other side (781 not 765), over the bouncy heather, where there are some lovely lovely rocks. Interesting shapes and colours and positions. Then back down the same way to the car.
Excellent views for most of the walk, especially from the top.
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