The Cateran Trail is a fully waymarked walk of 64 miles (103 km) that lies at the heart of Scotland, approximately 1 ½ hours north of Edinburgh. The Trail takes its name from the feared cattle thieves who raided the rich lands of Strathardle, Glenshee and Glen Isla.
The route follows some of their old drove roads and ancient tracks across a varied terrain of farmland, forests and moors. It boasts breathtaking scenery in a corner of Perthshire relatively unknown to walkers.
A circular route, the trail has no real beginning or end allowing walkers to join at any of the many settlements along its length. Blairgowrie, as the biggest town, is where most walkers choose to begin. The nearest village is never more than 7 miles (11 km) away and gradients vary from easy to moderate.
The Trail’s highest point is only 650m (2100 ft) above sea level. Signposts, stiles and bridges marked with the Trail’d distinctive red heart logo, make it easy to find your way.
The Trail can be completed comfortably within five days. There is also a weekend Mini Trail option which offers an opportunity to sample some of the best bits of the Trail.
The Cateran Trail is managed by Perth and Kinross Countryside Trust and would not exist without the permission and co-operation of owners whose land it crosses.