Calendar An icon of a desk calendar. Cancel An icon of a circle with a diagonal line across. Caret An icon of a block arrow pointing to the right. Email An icon of a paper envelope. Facebook An icon of the Facebook "f" mark. Google An icon of the Google "G" mark. Linked In An icon of the Linked In "in" mark. Logout An icon representing logout. Profile An icon that resembles human head and shoulders. Telephone An icon of a traditional telephone receiver. Tick An icon of a tick mark. Is Public An icon of a human eye and eyelashes. Is Not Public An icon of a human eye and eyelashes with a diagonal line through it. Pause Icon A two-lined pause icon for stopping interactions. Quote Mark A opening quote mark. Quote Mark A closing quote mark. Arrow An icon of an arrow. Folder An icon of a paper folder. Breaking An icon of an exclamation mark on a circular background. Camera An icon of a digital camera. Caret An icon of a caret arrow. Clock An icon of a clock face. Close An icon of the an X shape. Close Icon An icon used to represent where to interact to collapse or dismiss a component Comment An icon of a speech bubble. Comments An icon of a speech bubble, denoting user comments. Comments An icon of a speech bubble, denoting user comments. Ellipsis An icon of 3 horizontal dots. Envelope An icon of a paper envelope. Facebook An icon of a facebook f logo. Camera An icon of a digital camera. Home An icon of a house. Instagram An icon of the Instagram logo. LinkedIn An icon of the LinkedIn logo. Magnifying Glass An icon of a magnifying glass. Search Icon A magnifying glass icon that is used to represent the function of searching. Menu An icon of 3 horizontal lines. Hamburger Menu Icon An icon used to represent a collapsed menu. Next An icon of an arrow pointing to the right. Notice An explanation mark centred inside a circle. Previous An icon of an arrow pointing to the left. Rating An icon of a star. Tag An icon of a tag. Twitter An icon of the Twitter logo. Video Camera An icon of a video camera shape. Speech Bubble Icon A icon displaying a speech bubble WhatsApp An icon of the WhatsApp logo. Information An icon of an information logo. Plus A mathematical 'plus' symbol. Duration An icon indicating Time. Success Tick An icon of a green tick. Success Tick Timeout An icon of a greyed out success tick. Loading Spinner An icon of a loading spinner. Facebook Messenger An icon of the facebook messenger app logo. Facebook An icon of a facebook f logo. Facebook Messenger An icon of the Twitter app logo. LinkedIn An icon of the LinkedIn logo. WhatsApp Messenger An icon of the Whatsapp messenger app logo. Email An icon of an mail envelope. Copy link A decentered black square over a white square.

Pick of the paths

Post Thumbnail

Hill of Alyth has long been a popular breathing space for local people, a plethora of paths weaving up to the summit.

Access points can be found along the northern fringes of the Perthshire village of Alyth but, rather than just hike up to the trig point and back, I picked paths that would take me over the western shoulder and through Bamff Estate, returning home via the top.

Setting off from Market Square, in the heart of the community, I followed the Alyth Burn upstream before walking west along High Street, passing the ruins of an old church, known locally as The Arches.


High Street led on to Strathmore Avenue where I branched right. Leaving the village behind, the way skirts by Alyth Community Woodland before rising above Westfield Farm to join the old drove road north to Bamff.

The way loops up the slope, climbing above an orchard, to a cairn where I left the track, a less refined trail continuing up the western edge of a strip of woodland, hemmed in by a wall and a fence.

Beyond a gate at the top of this grassy ride, the path becomes slimmer and careful navigation is required. Aiming north towards two sets of power lines, I forked left below the wires, weaving through reeds and gorse.

Resisting the temptation to ascend the slope on my right, I kept the higher of the two power lines close at hand, dipping into a shallow valley where a marker post confirmed I was on the right route.


Here the path becomes more obvious, leading to a second marker post and then a third (with a Cateran Trail logo) where I descending left through gorse to a minor road.

Across the tarmac, a farm track dips to a gate, the grassy trail beyond rising between hedgerows into Bamff Estate, mature woodland flanking me as I wandered down to cross Burn of Auchrannie below derelict Burnieshed of Bamff.

Upstream, the activities of the estate’s resident beaver colony are obvious – sturdy dams creating ponds and swamps where the creature has thrived. Introduced to the estate in 2002, the beavers have been breeding successfully for the past decade.


Beyond the trees, the way rises to Little Bamff where I turned east, enjoying fine views over the estate and to Hill of Alyth before hiking down the track from Ardormie Farm to the B954.

After a short stint of road walking south, I joined the path back to Alyth. Initially running along the edge of grazing land, the way enters a leafy corridor as it ascends towards the pass between Hill of Alyth and Hill of Loyal.

Spotting a route to the summit, I did not make it as far as the col. Instead, I branched right on a path cutting up through the gorse, a hearty climb elevating me on to the shoulder where a grassy trail completed my journey west to the summit.

Below the trig point, a well-placed bench was a welcome sight, offering a place to rest weary legs and enjoy the vista over Alyth and Strathmore ahead of my descent.

Here paths criss-cross the slope but heading south across a gully, I found one that broke left, guiding me south-east across the slope to meet, by woodland, the track down to Alyth.




1. Cross river and go left along Commercial Street and up Toutie Street. Turn left along High Street.

2. Turn right (signed Bamff via Whiteside) and follow track past community woodland.

3. Turn right (signed Old Drove Road, Bamff) and ascend track. Bear left at junction beyond cairn, ascending north by wall to gate.

4. Continue north on path. Where path forks below power lines, go left on path running parallel with higher power line.

5. Cross road and follow track north to Little Bamff. Swing right above Quarry Cottages, following track east through Ardormie Farm to B954.

6. Walk 300m south on B954. Go through gate and continue south on path (signed Alyth).

7. Branch right at telegraph pole and ascend path to Hill of Alyth summit.

8. Descend grassy path south then south-east to woodland.

9. Go through gate and descend track then Loyal Road. Turn right on Hill Street then left down Toutie Street.



Distance: 12km/7½ miles

Ascent: 390m/1290ft

Time: 3-4 hours

Grading: Moderate route following tracks and paths over heath and farmland with some strenuous stints of ascent. Stout, waterproof footwear recommended as some sections can be muddy underfoot. Keep dogs under close control over grazing land

Start/finish: Market Square, Alyth (Grid ref: NO 246485). Free parking

Map: Ordnance Survey 1:50,000 Landranger sheet 53; Ordnance Survey 1:25,000 Explorer sheet 381

Tourist Information: Blairgowrie iCentre, 26 Wellmeadow, Blairgowrie PH10 6AS (Tel 01250 872960)

Public transport: Stagecoach bus service 57 from Dundee/Perth to Alyth or Smith & Sons bus service 128 from Kirriemuir to Alyth