Walk: Loyal Hills of Alyth
|[Descent back into Alyth on the Cateran Trail]|
Alyth is a beautifully situated village, set astride a (flood-prone) burn with numerous footbridges criss-crossing the fish-rich waters. The southeastern section of the 64-mile Cateran Trail makes a V-shaped detour here on its way back to Blairgowrie. For a shorter walk, both sides of the "V" can be joined up by an exploration of the village's namesake hill. The summit and its Jubilee Beacon command wide views of Glen Isla and the Cairngorms to the north, with the Sidlaws laid out to the south beyond fertile Strathmore. Adding in the Hill of Loyal enables you to look down on an iron age fort atop Barry Hill, with a "detour" to Alyth Hotel for lunch at the start or finish also recommended.
|[Glen Isla, seen from the Hill of Loyal]|
Name: Walk: Loyal Hills of Alyth ★★★☆☆
Length: 7 km / 4 miles
Ascent: 220 metres
Main summits: Hill of Loyal (274 metres); Hill of Alyth trig point (295 metres)
Points of interest: Alyth; Jubilee Beacon
Start / finish: Car park in Alyth village centre, G.R.: NO 246485 / amaze pinch blizzard
Route: Car park - bealach between Hill of Loyal and Hill of Alyth via Cateran Trail (east part) - Hill of Loyal, with best views of Barry Hill just to east of the summit - return to bealach - Hill of Alyth trig point - Jubilee Beacon to southwest - start via Cateran Trail (west part)
Terrain: Good tracks and paths for approach and return; informal, grassy paths higher up: faint in places, especially on Hill of Loyal.
Wildlife today: Sheep and cows on the hills; pheasants; fish in Alyth Burn
Weather today: Sunny spells and a bit breezy - dry but with thundery showers threatening to the west.
Anything else? For baggers, the slightly higher, true summit of the Hill of Alyth is half a mile west of the trig point visited on this walk.
Route credit: Walkhighlands