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3. MEIGLE / ARDLER / ALYTH – a Real Ale Outing
by Alan Lawson

An interesting real ale outing with some pleasant walking can be undertaken in the Newtyle / Meigle / Alyth area, visiting several pubs.  The no.57 bus (Dundee / Newtyle / Meigle / Alyth / Blairgowrie) may be useful.

In Newtyle, the only pub –
The Commercial in South Street – doesn't do draught real ale, but good quality bottles are available.

The walking then begins at the east end of North Street, where you pick up the path of the old railway line running northwards. After about ¾ of a mile, the path swings down across the Newtyle—Meigle road and heads westward through pleasant open country for a mile and a half to approach the small village of Ardler.  Turn right into a cul-de-sac of new houses and walk up to the main road of the village, where a quick left brings you immediately to the door of
The Tavern.

Owners Stewart and Carol Ferrier bought the place in 2006 and undertook a major refurbishment: part of this involved taking a whole elm tree which had matured for 7 years and getting a joiner to turn it into their fine bar... a wonderful piece of craftmanship. A pleasant wee pub, with darts, pool table, and quiet tv.  Comfy sofa in front of a fine wood-burning fire is a place where one might get planted! Two handpulls... Orkney, Stewarts and Inveralmond often seen. Strong demand for real ale from local agricultural workers (esp Grewars Potato Farm just across the road) who appreciate real natural products. Real ale is definitely here to stay.  Good soup and various snacks are also served.

Extricating oneself from the sofa, exit and turn right for the pleasant walk of about a mile and a half to Meigle
The Kinloch Arms is the only watering-hole of the village, owned by Douglas Gilchrist; it consists of a general bar (with tv), dining-room and function room. They have two handpulls, and get through the stuff at good speed.  Inveralmond and other breweries’ beers have been noted.



The Kinloch Arms, Meigle


Getting on the next north-bound bus will take you quickly to Alyth, where the Losset Inn has 2 handpulls,... one in the public bar and one in the lounge, Inveralmond ale usually on one of them. A gentle walk southwards (less than 10 minutes) brings you to the Airlie Street bar, which introduced 1 handpull (Inveralmond) in 2013.

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