Tucked into the hills and with its unmistakable church spire as a landmark, historic Alyth has charm and a long-established feel about it – an old trading-town on the edge of the hills where Highlanders met Lowlanders on its market days.
It’s the sort of thing you contemplate as you stroll around and notice the surviving 16th century packhorse bridge over the Alyth Burn. The leaflet ‘Walk Old Alyth’ will also help you make the most of the town.
In common with other East Perthshire towns, Alyth went through a cycle of the rise and fall of textile milling, just one of the stories told in the Alyth Museum, (open in summer).
Today, this peaceful and pleasant community overlooking Strathmore is especially associated with golf. Alyth Golf Club has a beautiful wooded and heathery course, originally laid out by St Andrews master Old Tom Morris, then later extended by the equally famous James Braid. Nearby is the Strathmore Golf Centre with its Rannaleroch course, while the equally attractive Glenisla course also makes a huge contribution to Alyth’s reputation as a golf centre.
With an excellent range of accommodation, the little town also makes a great place for tourers and walkers. Walk north beyond the town and you’ll soon see the signs that confirm you’re on the Cateran Trail, over the shoulder of the Hill of Alyth. Another local stroll is down into the sheltered wooded valley, the Den of Alyth, just west of the town. This delightful spot is a Site of Special Scientific Area, where the Alyth Burn has cut deeply into the soft sandstone and created a varied habitat sheltered by beechwoods. Look out for red squirrels.