The Cateran Trail is a superb circular long distance route that straddles the border between Perthshire and Angus. The Trail explores this neglected corner, taking in secluded Strathardle together with parts of Glen Shee and Glen Isla. Taking its name from the maurading bands of cattle thieves known as Caterans which brought terror and bloodshed to these glens in times past, the landscapes are now a peaceful idyll.
With plenty of pubs and settlements at decent intervals, a high moorland pass with great mountain views, and good wildlife spotting opportunities it is offers a well waymarked and moderate route which can be taken at a leisurely pace over 5 or 6 days - or the 104km (65 miles) circuit can be tackled as a challenging shorter route.
The link route from Cray to Kirkmichael enables the Cateran Mini-trail option - making for a great two day circuit with stopovers at Kirkmichael and the Spittal of Glenshee.
|Blairgowrie to Kirkmichael||24.25km||6 - 7 hours|
|Kirkmichael to Spittal of Glenshee||13km||4 - 4.5 hours|
|Spittal of Glenshee to Glenisla||23.5km||6 - 7 hours|
|Kirkton of Glenisla to Alyth||17km||4.5-5.5 hours|
|Alyth to Blairgowrie||26.25km||6.5-7.5 hours|
|Mini-trail link: Cray to Kirkmichael||9.5km||3 hours|
The walk is well waymarked, with a mix of paths, tracks, short sections of minor road and some moorland stretches. The route is rough in places and can be very muddy in others.
The Cateran Trail has accommodation available at the end of each stage.
The Bridge of Cally has a hotel and shop and offers a possible place to split both the first and final stages of the walk. Nearby is a
Kirkmichael is a small village with a shop and a choice of two hotels.
The Spittal of Glenshee no longer has a hotel, but there is a hostel here.
Kirkton of Glenisla is a tiny village; the pub/hotel here has closed.
There are self-catering cottages, a hideaway and a yurt available where the Trail heads through the Bamff Estate.
The Cateran Trail is a circular route and starts and finishes in Blairgowrie - a small town with bus links to the cities of Perth and Dundee (with an additional service from Deeside in the summer months). Alyth is also well served by bus.
The rest of the trail has more limited public transport. Kirkmichael and Kirkton of Glenisla both do have a service that links them back to Blairgowrie. The Spittal of Glenshee is passed by the Blairgowrie to Deeside bus which runs in the summer months.
Timetables for all the routes can be found on Traveline Scotland.
There are 237 Walkhighlanders who have completed the Cateran Trail. To record if you have completed the route, you must register and be logged in. Our users have contributed 11 public walk reports for the route. These are ordered below with the most popular ones first.
|Cateran Yomp - Ahead of the game||andrewl7642||11/06/2015||14|
|Cateran Trail, 4 nights solo wild camping.||Alan J||21/08/2016||10|
|Cateran Trail (Day 1) - Scorchio!!!||Graeme D||23/07/2014||5|
|Cateran Trail (Day 3) - Aún más scorchio!!!||Graeme D||25/07/2014||4|
|Cateran Trail completed, and some advice||Crinan||03/07/2016||3|
|A great 3 days out on the Cateran’s Trail||mrmanben||29/07/2016||3|
|Cateran Trail (Day 2) - Mucho scorchio!!!||Graeme D||24/07/2014||3|
|Not so much the Cateran Trail, more of a capering fail..||basscadet||30/03/2013||2|
|Cateran Trail update||Scottk||19/04/2019||1|
|Cateran Trail Walk||zhickman||24/08/2012||0|