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 outskirts of Alyth, and much of the stone quarried to build parts of Alyth in earlier times was quarried from here.
Designated a Site of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI) by Scottish Natural Heritage, the Den’s ancient woodland is of semi-natural origin, comprising native species, such as ash, oak, birch and hazel, and non-native species, such as beech and sycamore.
A variety of wildlife is regularly spotted among the oak, ash, beech and birch trees, including red squirrels, deer, tree creepers and great tits, with dippers, herons and grey wagtails often seen by the water. You can walk to the start of the Den 'o' Alyth from Alyth town centre in less than 10 minutes and then enjoy as much of the path as you wish for around 4.5kms. The section beyond the Tullymurdoch & St Fink bridge can sometimes be affected by landslips, so be aware of this. The whole route to the end and back will take 1.5 - 2 hours.
You can also learn about the geology of the gorge by looking at our geology itinerary here.
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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
One of Scotland’s most ancient geological features. The Highland Boundary Fault is a geological fault line that runs across Scotland from Arran in the west to Stonehaven in the east, traversing the southern edge of the Cateran Ecomuseum. Along...Read more