This cycling tour through rolling countryside offering spectacular long distance views starts and ends in Alyth and is 25.5km (15.8m) long.
There is 541m of ascent along the way and you will need a mountain bike. You can hire bikes from Alyth Cycles who are based at the Barony in the centre of the town.
It takes you past a number of pre-historic sites in the area and the favourite local walking spot of Drimmie Woods before reaching the birthplace of the famous covenanter Donald Cargill and coming to a close along the pretty Tullymurdoch and St Fink road with its breathtaking views of Strathmore. Depending on how long your stops are, it will take between 2.45 and 3.30 hours.
- Start your tour by heading west out of Alyth past the Den 'o' Alyth and out towards Bamff.
- After a little over 3.2km (2m) the road bends round to the left past the gatehouse at the junction for the Bamff Estate
- Keep going up the hill for around half a mile and you will see a left hand turn signed toward Bridge of Cally
- Follow this stretch of the road for about three miles (you'll come upon a very sharp left bend) until you come to a T junction
- Turn left down towards Drimmie Woods and Blairgowrie
- About a mile after the Kynballoch Stone (see below) you will see a wide path leading off the the left. There is a path sign, but it is on the south side and it says Cargill's Way. Take this path all the way down until it meets the Tullymurdoch and St Fink road
- Turn left towards Alyth for about 3 miles until the road becomes another T junction
- Turn right onto the road you came out of Alyth on
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Points to visit
Along the way you will find these points of interest:
A woodland walk along part of the Highland Boundary Fault. The Den (‘narrow valley’ or ‘gorge’) o’ Alyth is a wooded glen through which the Alyth Burn runs. Part of the geography of the Highland Boundary Fault, it is close to the trail on...Read more
A hidden treasure from pre-history. This small Four Poster stone circle, so called because of the prominent upright stones that feature in each corner of a rectangle, is beautifully set on the north-eastern shoulder of a low hill. One of the stones...Read more
A 12th century Royal Hunting Reserve. As you travel from the Bamff Estate towards Bridge of Cally and Blairgowrie, either as a walker along the Cateran Trail or by cycling or driving the single track road, you will pass through undulating...Read more
Part of the ancient Forest of Alyth. This woodland area, part of the ancient Forest of Alyth lies about 2 miles outside of Blairgowrie and is now covered with fast growing Sitka spruce for timber production. After the last Ice Age drew to a close...Read more
One of the largest Megaliths in the area. After leaving Drimmie Woods heading south towards Blairgowrie and Rattray, in a field on the left of the road, is the massive Kynballoch Stone. Aligned NNE-SSW, it is known in archaeological circles as...Read more
The birthplace of the famous covenanter and defender of Presbyterianism. Donald Cargill, born in Rattray, was a Presbyterian minister and Covenanter. The Covenanters pledged to maintain their own way of worship following the signing of the National...Read more