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 On Friday morning 17th July 2015 after heavy rain, Alyth wakened up to find trouble on the door step!
From around 6.30am the early risers realised there was very high water running in the Alyth burn.
(The River Quaich)
Folk dog walking an hour later found the burn overflowing! By 8am some cars were beginning to float
down Commercial Street and within half an hour the remaining ones were being washed away!
Around 8.15am the power was cut off in part of the town, it turns out that the cable servicing the west
of Losset Road was washed away!
The noise of the fast flowing burn could be heard and on turning into Commercial Street we could
see the cause! The river of water was not taking its usual course but rushing straight over the dyke sides
and down the middle of the road taking everything with it and entering every establishment as it went.
Someone could be seen emptying a bucket through an open window - desperately trying to stem
the tide! By this time emergency services were all over the place. The fire service including our very
own Alyth volunteers were out in force, Several Scottish Flood vehicles and a RIB with an outboard
motor were passing along Chapel Street and Losset Road. I know now it was in order to reach
Springbank Road lower down stream which was devastated.
A walk to The Pack Bridge revealed the water level and extent of damage upstream although we
hadn't seen the submerged, upturned skip that had floated away from the joiners workshop.
Along Chapel Street and down on to Bamff Road revealed the damage done to the garage and
workshop. A log the size of a full grow tree had entered,
travelled through then left the garage out the front door! After a paddle down to the Market square
the greater damage could be seen. Firemen were evacuating folk by foot and boat from their homes
and places of business and one elderly lady was particularly grateful to be lifted out of her car
on to a farm digger just moments before it was taken by a rush of water.  
Help with evacuation was quickly set up in the town hall and all services were on offer.
Volunteers were making food and drinks for townsfolk affected by this disaster.
Within hours the hall was filled with donations of food, clothes and cleaning materials from
locals and businesses.
Homeless folk were mainly taken in by relatives but some had to be rehoused overnight in surrounding accommodation. Unfortunately by this time it was obvious that the Alyth Hotel had become one of
the victims and would need to close its doors for now along with the Gallery, Dentist, Museum,
Ferguson grocer the refurbished grocers, butcher and baker shops and the majority of the
houses along the same street. Flood and fire services were forces to evacuate folk from Leighton
square since they couldn't get out of their road end on to Commercial Street. 
By early afternoon the water had receded and townsfolk gathered to start clearing the mud. It
became apparent that we had lost several footbridges over the burn - four it would seem,
hopefully not more.
  The foundations of many older houses and businesses have been eroded due to the great age
of these premises and many won't be rebuilt.
So whatever the eventual outcome, Alyth will never be the same again!

Alyth the History - Northern Britain

In Alyth in 1200AD King William the Lion, King of Scotland (1143 - 1214) signed a charter
and again between 1201 and 1211 signed further charters relating to
Arbroath Abbey which he built in 1178AD.
The town of Alyth was mentioned five times in the Registrum Vetus de Aberbrothock,
therefore it can be reasonably assumed that Alyth was in existence a hundred or
more years earlier and is now approximately one thousand years old.
Granted a Charter by King James III in 1488, Alyth was raised to the rank of Burgh of Barony
with the right to hold markets and fairs.
There has been a Christian presence in this area since the 6th Century via St. Moluag, a
contemporary of St.Columba. Alythians have a pride in their town, its' history, beauty and characters.
We hope you'll find some of this as you wander through Alyth and
through time.
The Ancient part of Alyth was on the high ground.

The small town of Alyth is situated off the beaten track at the foothills of the Grampian Mountains and the gateway to Cairnwell National Park with hotels close to the Angus Glens, Kirriemuir and Forfar and within half an hour of Perth and Dundee.
It has a population of over two thousand.
With its Market Square and play park,
it has developed around Alyth Burn, or Queich
which rises well above the Den of Alyth,
a designated Site of Special Scientific Interest. (S.S.S.I.)
Near Reekie Lynn waterfall and close to Glamis Castle,
Scone Palace, distilleries and Royal Deeside.
Scottish golf vacation accommodation.
Walk Perthshire and The Angus Glens,
visit Scottish Castles. Cairngorm National Park.
Visit Cateran Country and walk the Cateran Trail, a five night serviced walk passes through Alyth, Bridge of Cally, Glenshee, Glenisla, Kirkmichael and Blairgowrie.
In town, crossing the burn, is the Pack bridge dating from the 16th century.
The older part of the town is dominated by The Arches, part of the remains of an ancient Church and graveyard. James Sandy, Alyth's "mechanical genius" rests here.
In summer, the Folk Museum offers an insight to farming life in times past in the Strathmore Valley.
The area is well served by quality hotels, guest houses, inns, pubs, restaurants, chinese carry out, hardware, food and craft shops.
There are several excellent local restaurants with varied menus, including Strathmore and Glenisla golf clubs.

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Download the leaflet above or collect a leaflet from the tourist information in Blairgowrie,
the museum or the local shops and take a walk to -
The Market Square : Home of James Sandy : Alyth Folk Museum :
Pack Bridge c1500 AD : Old Drovers Inn :
Market Cross 1670 : The Auld Arches :
Wool Market : Trodlum - Old drovers road :
Den O' Alyth : Alyth Parish Church :
Monks Wynd : 17th Century Inn : 18th Century Jute Mill :
Boer War Memorial : Town Hall.
Enjoy your walk - Haste ye Back!

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