The Cateran Trail
Explore Perthshire and Angus’ Circular Route
Embarking on the Cateran Trail, you’ll find yourself immersed in the stunning landscapes of Perthshire and Angus. This long circular route, spanning about 104 kilometres (64 miles), offers a perfect blend of Scotland’s rugged beauty and rich history. The trail travels through diverse terrain, passing through villages, woodlands, and Loch sides, providing ample opportunities for adventure and exploration.
As you walk the Cateran Trail, you’ll have the chance to spot diverse wildlife and an array of native flora, making the experience all the more unique.
Don’t worry about getting lost on this well-marked trail. Clear signposts and dedicated way-markers guide you through your journey. Whether you’re an experienced hiker seeking a challenge, or someone looking for a leisurely stroll in the landscape, the Cateran Trail promises a rewarding experience suitable for all abilities.
The Cateran Trail takes its name from the Caterans, notorious cattle thieves who roamed the highlands and straddled the border between Perthshire and Angus during the lawless times of the 15th to 17th centuries. You will be walking along the same paths that these reivers travelled, giving you a sense of history and connection to the past.
The circular route was established in 1999, making it one of the younger long-distance walking trails in the UK. The trail encompasses approximately 64 miles (103 km), linking the glens of Strathardle, Glenshee, and Glen Isla. The diverse landscape you will encounter on your journey ranges from open moorland to forests and peaceful rolling farmland.
The Cateran Trail holds particular importance for the local communities as it helps to promote tourism and increase awareness of the region’s rich cultural heritage.
Walking all or part of the Cateran Trail not only offers you a chance to immerse yourself in the beautiful rural Scottish landscape but also allows you to explore the distinctive heritage of Highland Scotland. Along the way, you will cross various rivers and burns over which the Caterans would have scrambled in their plunderous pursuits.