Around the Steadings

The area around Auchteralyth Steadings is at the heart of a rich, diverse landscape.

Sitting at the foot of Glenisla, Auchteralyth itself has commanding, panoramic views over the Vale of Strathmore. This fertile valley runs from the home of Lewis Grassic Gibbons’ Scots Quair, the Howe O’ The Mearns in the north, to Dunsinane, the legendary castle of Macbeth, just outside the small village of Balbeggie to the south.

The closest town is the historic burgh of Alyth, which has links with Arthurian legends. On nearby Barry Hill stands the vitrified ruin of an ancient fort in which Mordred is said to have kept King Arthur’s Queen Guinevere captive. Red squirrel, deer or heron may be spotted around the Den o’ Alyth, a site of special scientific interest, while buzzards can be regularly seen patrolling the skies. The Cateran Trail winds round the town and a few miles over the hill into Glenisla you will find the dramatic ‘Reekie Linn’ (‘smokey falls’) waterfall.