Cateran Trail

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Cateran Trail

This is Scotland's first circular long distance route, managed by Perth and Kinross Countryside Trust.  There are various route combinations, and different places to stay.  Most clients tend to do the trail over 5 days, but it has been done inside 24 hours!  The normal guide book route is 104km but the direct return from Alyth shortens it to 90km, avoiding a repeat trek across Cochrage Muir.  Even though the route is very well way-marked and therefore suitable for novice navigators, we can arrange guided tours of the trail.  For further information please contact us

The Cateran Trail is under infrequent but continuous upgrade.  There are two new sections not published in the guide books that have recently been added.  The first is a route that reduces the tarmac walking between the Spittal of Glenshee and Kirkton of Glenisla, which originally went via Blacklunans and Brewlands Bridge south of Mount Blair.  This new alternative follows the short tarmac road between Dalnaglar and Forter to the north of Mount Blair (itself an alternative route) and then goes off-road via Auchintaple Loch and Loch Shandra.  The second new section eliminates the second visit to Bridge of Cally by offering a direct and scenic route between Alyth and Blairgowrie through the post glacial Alyth Den and the forest at Drimmie.  Reference maps in pdf format, which should not be used for navigation purposes can be downloaded by clicking on the respective link.

Dalnaglar - Kirkton of Glenisla    Alyth - Blairgowrie