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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
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
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
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
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
passing along Chapel Street and
Losset Road. I know now it was in order to reach
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.
became apparent that
we had lost several footbridges over the burn - four it would seem,
hopefully not more.
The foundations of many older houses
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!
the History - Northern Britain
Alyth in 1200AD King William
the Lion, King of Scotland (1143 - 1214) signed
and again between 1201 and 1211 signed further
charters relating to
Arbroath Abbey which he built
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
There has been a Christian presence in
this area since the 6th Century via St. Moluag,
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
The Ancient part of Alyth was
on the high ground.
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
has a population of over
With its Market Square and play park,
it has developed around Alyth Burn, or Queich
rises well above the Den of Alyth,
a designated Site of Special Scientific Interest.
Near Reekie Lynn waterfall and close to Glamis Castle,
Scone Palace, distilleries and Royal Deeside.
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
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
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
Market Square : Home of James Sandy : Alyth Folk
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 :
: 17th Century Inn : 18th Century Jute Mill :
War Memorial : Town Hall.
Enjoy your walk - Haste ye
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