Alyth Perthshire Information

Welcome to Alyth Perthshire, situated in east of the county.

I have put this information page together to help you locate places to stay, eat and visit, as well as some historical facts to help you when planning your vacation. I hope you enjoy exploring the area.

Alyth Queich looking from town square bridge

There is considerable debate as to the origins of the name Alyth. One of the more likely explanations is that it is derived from the Pictish-Welsh "ar leithio".

Over the years it has grown from being a very small village in north Perthshire into a small country town. It is situated on the edge of vast heather-clad moorlands which stretch all the way to Braemar. In 1861, the advent of the railway opened up the town to the outside world. A further rail link, connecting the town with Braemar, was proposed in 1878 but it never materialised. Almost a hundred years later the railway service was closed to passengers in 1951.

Within 15 miles of Alyth Perthshire there are other places worth a visit. Nearby are the towns of Blairgowrie and Coupar Angus. The village of Meigle is close by with its magnificant beech hedge. Recognised by the Guinness Book of Records as the highest hedge in the world, the Meikleour Beech Hedge was planted in 1745 and is one third of a mile long (530 m) and 100 ft (30 m) high. It also has ties to Pictish history, where it was an important centre of power in early medieval Scotland. It is home to the Meigle Sculptured Stone Museum where you can see many exhibits and displays. The Museum is only open from April to September.

Check out the following - click on the link.

Where to stay - find a place locally, whether your accommodation preference is bed and breakfast, B and B, B & B, guest house, self catering, holiday cottages, bunkhouse, holiday caravans and more.

Where to eat - places to choose from a variety of cuisines; Indian, Chinese, traditional Scottish, bistro, coffee house, or the traditional fish and chips.

What to see and do - there are many visitors activities and places to visit; distilleries,  gardens, gallery, golf, river, walks, watermill, waterfalls, woods, old churches and monuments, and more.

Go to the photo Gallery to view some of the places you can stay and eat at or visit.

Learn about the many historical events.

Or maybe you would like to know 'What's On' in and around Alyth.

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