This picturesque cycling tour around Alyth Hill starts and ends in Alyth and is 13.3km (8.3m) long.
There is 223m 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. After leaving the centre of 'Auld Alyth', it takes you past one of the many pre-historic standing stones in the area and the famous iron age fort of Barry Hill, through beautiful landscapes and farmland, before finishing at the ancient wooded Den 'o' Alyth. Depending on how long your stops are, it will take between 1.5 and 2 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 then bears left towards Glenisla on the B954 up a short but steep incline.
- Continue through the narrow pass of Bealach Gabráin between the Hill of Loyal and Barry Hill.
- After about a 1/4 of a mile there is a single track road on the left where a road sign points to Bamff.
- Take this road right to the end where there is a T junction.
- Turn left back to Alyth
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Points to visit
Along the way you will find these points of interest:
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...Read more
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...Read more
One of the most famous figures in Canadian history. William Lyon Mackenzie (1795-1861), an important figure in Canadian history, lived and worked here on Toutie Street in Alyth from 1814 to 1817. He then emigrated to Canada where he became a...Read more
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...Read more
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...Read more
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...Read more
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