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This is one of the walks recommended by a old dog friendly holiday cottage customer, in their walks pack for guests. Hamish stayed behind, as this looked too demanding for him in his old age but the directors walked and enjoyed the route. The Hill is a large common land type area above the town. There are a couple of paths marked on the Ordnance Survey map but they are hard to find 'on the ground'. This isn't a problem because the hill is covered in tracks and paths and it is easy to find the key landmarks. These instructions cover the route the directors walked but there are shorter options and opportunity to walk further if you wish.
We parked the car near the foot of Loyal Road and walked from there (NO 2549 4893). Follow the lane uphill and away from Alyth. KEEP AHEAD past the entrance to Lands of Loyal Hotel on your right hand side then KEEP LEFT at a fork in the lane. Note sign to 'Hill of Loyal walk to B954' and keep on track going uphill. Follow the track through metal gates, then passed mature trees on your right hand side, then through wooden gates.
The path signed to the B954 continues ahead here and you could extend the route by following it then turning right to Loyal Hill. We FORKED LEFT (left of a row of telegraph poles) and followed a clear track up hill via a gap in the gorse. The path marked on the Ordnance Survey map goes further left but was not obvious on the day we walked. At the top of the first hill, just beyond the gorse, TURN LEFT and keep to the high ground of the ridge. Soon the top of a beacon comes into view ahead left and you join a clearer track. KEEP AHEAD on the track and look for the highest part of the hill with a trig point and bench on your right hand side. We USED THE MOST CONVENIENT TRACKS AND PATHS to reach the trig point and suggest you do the same. Once there we admired the views and sat on the bench for a while (height 295 metres or about 980 feet).
Look for the beacon before leaving the summit of the hill (to the south in the direction of Alyth). Use the best tracks and paths for you to reach it (we used a broad track then narrow path but do what seems best to you on the day). A broad track runs just to the north (trig point side) of the beacon. If you are standing on the track facing the beacon TURN RIGHT (west) and follow it until it climbs a little to a track junction. TURN LEFT and follow the more obvious track downhill. KEEP RIGHT of a fenced field and pass a yellow arrow marker post just before a patch of trees. GO AHEAD through a wooden gate and follow an enclosed path downhill. Pass by farm buildings just before Alyth, then bear left as indicated by a yellow arrow marker to reach a metalled road on the edge of the town.
TURN LEFT on the road (signed to Glenisla on the Cateran Trail), pass a scoop bin near the end of the road (High Street). Note an information board about the herdsmen of Alyth on the junction then TURN LEFT along the road. A short way further on TURN LEFT into Loyal Road to arrive back at your starting point.