WalkAlyth - Little Bamff and Lands of Loyal
3 - 4 hours
A walk over the shoulder of Alyth Hill into Bamff Estate and Little Bamff with extensive views. Some rough tracks and paths with significant climbs (900 feet).
With Alyth Co-op at your back turn right out of Alyth Square along Bamff Road and keep on this road past Alyth Parish Church till you reach Wylies Brae.
Turn right into Wylies Brae and walk steep uphill to meet Strathmore Terrace. Cross straight over onto rough track signed Whiteside.
Keep on this track passing Alyth Community Woodland and a large white house on your right and shortly afterwards pass through a wooden gate.
Continue on the path reaching the remains of Whiteside Farm. Take the path curving right to meet another wooden gate. Pass through the gate. Keep on this track ignoring paths leading off left and right.
The path leads to a wooden walkway which crosses an area of wet ground. Continue on this path under a power line.
Continue straight on this path till you meet another path coming from your right. Turn left here heading north. Continue on this path ignoring path leading uphill following the Cateran Trail to Alyth. Keep on this path ignoring paths leading left and right.
A narrow twisting section of path leads downhill to a tarmac road. Cross straight over on a rough track to meet a metal gate and signs about re-wilding in Bamff Estate. A narrow path lined with hawthorn and hazel leads into Bamff Estate.
Pass through a gate and continue on this path ignoring another path on your left (Bridge of Cally), and take the path signed Kirkton of Glenisla crossing a wet section of ground where beavers have dammed a stream. The path continues straight on through woodland and eventually meets a metal gate. Pass through the gate.
From here the path climbs steadily and emerges at a rough track and farm house (Little Bamff Cottage).
This track leads to the small hamlet of Little Bamff. Just before the cottages a faint path on your left leads to a wonderful hidden waterfall in the trees. Worth a detour, especially if there has been recent rainfall.
Continue on this track uphill to Ardormie Farm. Follow the track through the farm onto a minor tarmac road. Keep on this road downhill passing the Cateran Trail joining the road on your left. The Cateran Trail continues down this road.
The minor road eventually meets the B954. Turn right and walk uphill along a short section of this road (facing the traffic) till you reach a sharp left curve where another minor road comes in from the right. A gate at the junction takes you off the road into fields and continues on the Cateran Trail route.
Follow the Cateran Trail along the edge of fields. Further up the track which can be muddy after rain and icy in winter, are views of Barry Hill on your left, which is a well preserved Iron Age hill fort. The path climbs and eventually meets paths from Alyth Hill on your right at a wooden gate. Pass through the gate and downhill onto Loyal Road. Turn right where Loyal Road meets Meethill Road, and then left at the Toutie Street Community Garden to descend Toutie Street. At the bottom of Toutie Street cross over the footbridge opposite the Alyth Bike Centre, and along the side of Alyth Burn to Alyth Square.
Distance: 7 miles
Duration: 3 – 4 hours
Stout shoes or boots required. Water and food.
Public toilets at Café in the Square when open. Find opening hours here.
OS Landranger map 53 / OS Explorer map 381
Start and Finish point is Alyth Market Square. Free car parking is available in the Market Square with 2 electric vehicle charging points.
Bus services 57 & 57x between Perth and Dundee stop at the Market Square as does the 128 service between Kirriemuir and Alyth.