Walk: Loyal Hills of Alyth

Perth & Kinross | Alyth | Half day walk | ★★★

[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. (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.) 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]

📌 Walk: Loyal Hills of Alyth ★★★
Start / finish at Market Square car park, B952, Alyth village centre, G.R.: NO 246485 ///amaze.pinch.blizzard

▶ 7 km / 4 mi | ▲ 220 m | ⌚ Half a day | Moderate
Features: Alyth; △ Hill of Loyal (274 m); △ Hill of Alyth trig point (295 m); Jubilee Beacon
Terrain: Good tracks and paths for approach and return; informal, grassy paths higher up: faint in places, especially on Hill of Loyal.

Route & map

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)

Route credit: Walkhighlands
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On our visit

Wildlife: Sheep and cows on the hills; pheasants; fish in Alyth Burn
Weather: Sunny spells and a bit breezy - dry but with thundery showers threatening to the west.


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