This cycling tour takes you toward the eastern boundary of the Cateran Ecomusuem and around the pretty Loch of Lintrathen and is 26km (16.1m).

There is 450m of ascent along the way and you will need a road bike. You can hire bikes from Alyth Cycles who are based at the Barony in the centre of the town, or Lintrathen Cycles.

After leaving the centre of ‘Auld Alyth’ it takes you along the northern edge of Strathmore across the River Isla, one of the largest tributaries of the River Tay, before turning north to the Loch of Lintrathen. There are a number of points of interest along the way that you can find out about below. Depending on how long your stops are it will take between 2.45 and 3.30 hours.

- Start your tour by heading up Toutie Street to the top of the town
- Bear right along the B952, this takes you eastwards out of the town
- After about half a mile the road forks, take the right hand fork
- Continue along the road for about 4km (2.5m) until you come to a bridge across the River Isla and a T junction shortly thereafter.
- Turn left up a relatively steep incline for about another 1.6km (1m), the road then turns right sharply
- Continue along the road for about another 1.2km (3/4m) until you come to a left hand turn
- Take this road and travel along it for about 4km (2.4m) until you come to the shores of the Loch of Lintrathen
- Turn right and then left to circle the Loch
- Turn right to return to Alyth

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Points to visit

Along the way you will find these points of interest:

  • Pack Bridge

    One of the oldest masonry bridges in Scotland. Alyth’s Pack Bridge (intended to carry packhorses loaded with sidebags or panniers across the burn) is one of the oldest masonry bridges in Scotland and is shown on maps as far back as 1600. Reputedly...

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  • Toutie Street

    A permanent reminder of a bygone custom. This street name immortalises the bygone custom of the herdsman tooting his horn, alerting the townsfolk to bring out their beasts to be herded up Alyth Hill. The deeds of over 200 properties in the old town...

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  • Market Cross

    A monument from Alyth’s ancient trading history. The erection of a Market Cross or ‘Mercat Cross’ in Scotland served as a symbolic representation of the right to hold a regular market or fair. This right was granted to settlements awarded...

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  • Pitcrocknie Stone

    A fine example of a late Neolithic or early Bronze Age Standing Stone. Travelling out of Alyth on the B952, on the right hand side of the road, a few yards after the last old red sandstone house in the town, lies a new housing development. The...

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  • Barry Hill Fort

    One of the best preserved examples of an enclosed hilltop settlement in Scotland. Viewable from across Strathmore and from the roads around Alyth, Barry Hill fort has not yet been excavated. However, similar monuments elsewhere have been found to...

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  • The Shanzie Souterrain

    An Iron Age underground structure. Souterrain (from the French ‘sous terrain’, meaning ‘underground’) is the archaeological name for a type of underground structure associated mainly with the European Atlantic Iron Age that may have been...

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  • Lintrathen Wildlife Reserve

    A tranquil sanctuary for wild birds. The beautiful inland Loch of Lintrathen has supplied the city of Dundee with water since 1875. Water is fed down from the Backwater Reservoir 4km to the north, leaving the Loch through sluices at Bridgend of...

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  • Durwards’ Dike

    A medieval Deer Park. As you turn south, half way down the western flank of the Loch of Lintrathen, if you look at the OS maps, the remains of Durwards’ Dike are marked. This is believed to have been a Deer Park in the 13th century. Hunting...

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