Of Scotland, Alyth
ancient town in Perth and Kinross, situated on the Alyth Burn
5 miles (8km) east of Blairgowrie.
It lies at the foot of the Braes of Angus in the valley of Strathmore
close to Perthshire's
eastern boundary with Angus. Created a burgh with a marketing
function in 1488, Alyth developed in association with cattle droving
and the wool, jute and linen trades. Its Market Cross dates from
1670 and in the Norman-style Parish Church (1839) there is a Pictish
Stone. The Alyth Arches stand on the site of the 6th century church
of St Moluag.
A folk museum features displays on local agrarian history and
the Alyth Hotel was the home of the inventor James Sandy (b.1766)
who created the invisible hinge. Near the town are the ruins of
Bamff Castle, a Ramsay stronghold, and to the north-east on Barry
Hill stands an Iron Age fort that also has traditional associations
with the King Arthur legend.
There is an 18-hole golf course and walks through the Den O'
Alyth and along the Drovers' Road that skirts the Hill of
Alyth (966 ft). The much smaller planned village of New Alyth
stands on the Blairgowrie-Kirriemuir road to the south-west. Sawmilling,
agricultural machinery and the manufacture of glass are modern
industries associated with the town.
Places To Visit In this Area Include:
and unsignposted village built on private property. Houses overlook
village green split by rushing burn.
of Pictish fort on top of hill. Guinevere, King Arthur's queen,
is said to have been imprisoned here for loving Pictish prince.
View rewards climb.
dating from 19th century, on River Tay. Birnam Wood mostly birch
and oak. Terrace Walk along right bank of Tay passes oak said
to be last survivor of original Birnam Wood featured in prophecy
of Macbeth's death.
largest working water wheel on view at Keathbank Mill. Heraldic
crests centre here. Two towns linked by 19th-century bridge over
River Ericht. North of town, river rushes through 200ft deep gorge
overlooked by 17th-century Craighall.
as finest 2 acres of private garden in country. Gardeners from
all over world come to see collection of plants including rhododendrons,
alpines, and herbaceous and peat-garden plants.
village in sheltered gorge at meeting place of River Ardle and
Black Water. Choice of walks through deciduous forests.
House and Country Park
brown bears, wolves, lynxes, arctic foxes, reindeer, raccoons
and golden eagles can be seen at wildlife centre. Other activities
include golf, horse riding, tennis and Adventure Park. House has
golf museum tracing sport's history.
Law of Dundee, hill of volcanic rock in centre of town, views
of surrounding areas including docks. Iron Age hill-fort and War
Memorial here. McManus Galleries have displays of history and
art including Dutch, French, Italian and British paintings, and
oldest known astrolabe -- dating from 1555. Barrack Street Museum
has natural history exhibits. Steeple of St Mary's Tower, dating
from 16th century, now museum of church and local history. Ruins
of Mains of Fintry Castle in Caird Park. Mills Observatory has
displays on astrology and space travel, and allows public to use
telescopes. Traditional methods of sweet making explained at Shaw's
Sweet Factory- Frigate Unicorn, oldest British-built ship
still afloat is now museum for Royal Navy. 11115 Discovery,
Captain Scott's ship, has displays of ship's history, with
actors reliving events on board. In suburb of Broughty Ferry,
4 miles east of town, Broughty Castle houses museum of whaling
and local life.
cathedral dates from 12th century, 14th-century choir now houses
parish church. Cathedral and High Streets have restored 17th-century
houses, one of which has metal ell, measurement for cloth, on
wall. Scottish Horse Museum has memorabilia of one of Scotland's
two Highland yeomanry regiments.
Age hill-fort enclosed by strong rampart, said to be site of Macbeth's
symbol stone in ruins of Eassie church. Cross and figures carved
on one side; elephant men and animals on other.
Marnock's Church dates from 1453 and has medieval painted panels,
bronze alms dish and bell dated 1508. Jougs, iron collars for
tying up wrongdoers, still hang from oak doors. Nearby Fowlis
Castle built early 17th century.
Castle, childhood home of Queen Mother and birthplace of Princess
Margaret, reputed to be most haunted stately home in Britain.
Six-storey tower built in 15th century, but wings, turrets and
castellated parapets added in the 17th century. Collection of
tapestries, paintings, furniture and weapons. Parkland and formal
garden laid out by Capability Brown; also 2lft high sundial with
84 dials. Angus Folk Museum in Kirkwynd has collection of furnishings,
clothes and tools used by local community over last 200 years
housed in 19th-century cottages. Glamis Stone nearby has intricate
gentle, forested slopes around village of Clova, glen narrows
to wild mountain home of red deer, wildcat and ptarmigan.
Isla runs through picturesque valley for 17 miles. Loch fishing,
horse riding and cross-country skiing. Highland Adventure Centre
at Knockshannach, east of Kirkton of Glenisla.
cairn in memory of Captain Scott and Dr Wilson, who planned their
Antarctic exploration at Dr Wilson's home in the glen. Walks through
birch woods along glen.
leads through wooded area containing numerous exotic trees, beneath
19th-century railway bridge, along River Braan, past 18th-century
bridge to folly over-looking waterfall.
Motor Heritage Centre
and vintage cars, costumes and accessories displayed in authentic
period settings. Driving game, free slot-car racing and motor
of castellated mansion consisting of two medieval towers, linked
by, another tower in 17th century. Ceiling timbers carved with
scrolls, fruit and the faces of dragons and other animals. Fragments
of colourful wall paintings remain.
and ditches of timber fortress built by Roman general Agricola
in AD 83.
house is the start for Victorian walk which passes wooded river
bank where Queen Victoria once took tea, then 4 mile climb up
Kindrogan Hill where surrounding mountains are indicated on circular
overlooking Carse of Gowrie, River Tay and Ochil Hills. Kinnaird
Castle dates from 12th century, restored in 1855 and now private
Forter Castle stands 4 miles north-west of village. The village
itself is on River Isla.
of author and playwright J.M. Barrie, creator of Peter Pan. His
home now houses Bane Museum. On hill behind the graveyard where
Barrie is buried is cricket pavilion with camera obscura. Views
north towards highlands and south across Strathmore Valley.
loch with large numbers of nesting water birds. Observation hides.
of the Lowes
is part of Scottish Wildlife Trust reserve. Hide allows for viewing
of water birds and pair of nesting ospreys. Visitor centre has
wildlife exhibition and several small aquaria. Woods surrounding
centre populated by roe and fallow deer.
grounds of this 15th-century castle have a physic garden, 16th-century
rose garden, astrological garden and 1000-year-old yews.
Museum contains 25 Pictish and early Christian carved stones,
found in churchyard.
hedge, 100ft high and 580yds long, forms eastern border of Marquis
of Lansdowne's home, said to be largest hedge of its kind in world.
city, made Royal Burgh in 1210, though few old buildings remain.
St John's Kirk consecrated in 1243, but now mainly 15th century.
From here, John Knox preached his sermon on idolatry that resulted
in church wrecking throughout Scotland. Restored mill from 18th
century produces flour and oatmeal in the traditional way. Fair
Maid of Perth's House, once home of Catherine Glover, heroine
of Sir Walter Scott's novel, now a craft shop. Black Watch Museum
and Gallery holds treasures of High-land regiments. Perth Art
Gallery and Museum has displays of local history, art, natural
history and archaeology. Whisky blending explained at Dewar's
distillery. Walk up Kinnoul Hill to folly at top, views of surrounding
of 18th-century cottages and houses. North-east stands a prehistoric
waterfall where River Isla cascades into deep gorge.
castellated mansion, enlarged in 1803 around 16th-century and
earlier buildings. Place where kings of Scotland were crowned.
Interior reveals china, ivories, clocks and exquisite French furniture
-- including Marie Antoinette's writing table. Grounds include
pinetum, wood-land garden, children's play-ground and picnic area.
Elaborately decorated chapel on Moot Hill in front of palace.
example of Iron Age earth house, comprising pas-sage, long gallery
and small inner chambers. Close by is dovecote shaped like house,