Alyth to Blairgowrie via Drimmie Woods
6.5 miles / 10.4 kilometres
Starting altitude - 367 Ft / Highest point - 902 Ft / End altitude - 216 Ft

This section of the Trail is an alternative option to the waymarked route heading over the Hill of Alyth then west to Bridge of Cally before returning to Blairgowrie by the West Gormack route.
This route is all new walking and is considerably shorter than the main route. This alternative is shortly to be waymarked but is relatively straightforward to navigate without this signage.
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Alyth Cross and starting point for final section to Blairgowrie

Resume the walk at the top of Toutie Street where the original Market Cross was originally sited and walk out in a westerly direction. Do not turn right up onto the Hill of Alyth but proceed westward past the back of the Parish Church and through a housing area till the road reaches a Y junction on the west side of Alyth.

At the junction turn sharp left on the main road into the town for only a matter of a few metres before crossing the road and turning sharp right down a pedestrian path into the Den O' Alyth.

Den O' Alyth

The Den O' Alyth is a narrow trip of woodland on both sides of the Alyth Burn and as you venture deeper into the Den the woods become dense. This is the area from which much of the stone was quarried to build parts of Alyth in earlier times. This is also an Site of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI).

The walk remains on the northern side of the Burn, do not cross any of the pedestrian bridges and keep close to the paths next to the river bank. This will lead the walker west until reaching a minor road at Bridge of Tully

Bridge of Tully

On reaching the minor road the way now has a section of just over 1 kilometre of road walking on a very minor road as the route heads west and starts to climb towards Drimmie Woods.

On this section you pass by East Tullyfergus and then reach the corner at West Tullyfergus.

Forest path close to West Tullyfergus

Leave the road at the bend and proceed through the gate onto the path ahead. You are now into the start of a wooded walk with a great variety of broad leaf and younger confier trees. There are now open views to both the north and the Forest of Alyth and south into the lower valley of the River Isla.

Glendam in Drimmie Woods

As the way moves further west the trail comes to what are know as Glendams. These are small pools of water which are a magnet for biodiversity in this area. The Glendams which the way passes add to the scenic variety of this walk.

The route now reaches the older conifer forest and this is certainly the most dificult part of the walk to navigate but there are, even at the time of preparing this website, waymarker posts set up with the Eastern Perthshire Path signage. This will assist the walker to negotiate first a very short section within the dense trees before coming out into a grassy space between two banks of trees. Shortly after the way takes up a forest track and from here on to the end of the Drimmie Wood the track moves in a general westerly direction.

Tree Art in Drimmie Woods

Passing through the forest there is a very gradual incline until it levels off at the point where there is a small quarry opening. This has been used to extract stone for the forest tracks and is the point that indicates the gradual descent from the forest.

At this quarry and on the side of the track you will now see wood sculpture/art pinned to some of the trees, the image on the left being the largest that was found when walking this section.

View from the exit of Drimmie Woods towards Cochrage Muir

On reaching the minor single track road the way takes left and almost immediately starts the decline towards Blairgowrie. There ate about 2 miles of roadway before the walker reaches Rattray and returns to a riverside walk. This is not an unpleasant walk as there are great views and very little traffic.

On the descent there is a further option about 1 mile from the forest exit to turn off the road and take a track to visit the memorial to Donald Cargill. This is easily found by a finger post located on the east verge of the Bonnington Road. If this option is taken there is a different route into Rattray and then a pavement walk into Blairgowrie.

Path onto the pedestrian bridge over the River Ericht

If the walker remains on the direct route the Bonnington Road soon reaches the main road from Blairgowrie to Bridge of Cally. This is crossed and the walk resumes riverside paths to it end. The path first descends by the side of the Heritage Mill to the Ericht, crosses the river and then heads due south along the western bank of the river. This very soon joins at a Y junction the track that the walker first encountered when setting out on this circular walking trail.

Weir on River Ericht next to the Brig o' Blair

The last 500 to 600 metres are on the same path that is the start of the Trail, and takes you back to the Brig o' Blair and the centre of Blairgowrie.

This alternative section is certainly the shortest section of the whole route and will not demand a full day's walking. It may however suit many walkers of the trail as it makes the last day short and may assist onward travel. It may also suit some walkers to eliminate what would otherwise be the longest day's walking if they return using the Bridge of Cally route.

The route and options make this trail accessible to all types of walker and can be chosen to suit their preferences and walking strengths. Whichever option is chosen they are all full of good walking and interesting scenery.

Blairgowrie to Kirkmichael via Bridge of Cally |  Kirkmichael to Spittal of Glenshee |  Spittal to Kirkton of Glenisla |  Spittal to Kirkton of Glenisla via Loch Beanie |  Kirkton to Alyth |  Alyth to Blairgowrie via Bridge of Cally |  Alyth to Blairgowrie via Drimmie Woods

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