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Cateran Country is located in Perthshire, the heart of Scotland, and an ideal base for a touring holiday. Make your base with us and you're within easy reach of just about anything you'd want to do in Scotland, with spectacular scenery, interesting towns and villages plus a range of outdoor activities suitable for all ages and abilities and especially for families.


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"Cateran Country in Perthshire offers  the tourist breathtaking landscapes with a wide range of changing terrain"

Who were the Caterans?

Cateran’ derives from the Gaelic word ceatharn meaning ‘warrior’, but usually one that is lightly armed. The term was originally given to a band of fighting men of a Scottish Highland clan but in the lowlands, came to be associated with Highland cattle raiding. The earliest documentary evidence we have for Cateran raids is in the mid- to late- 13th century.

But what gave rise to the cattle-raiding Caterans and why did they attack places like Glenshee, Glen Isla and Strathardle? One Scottish historian has suggested that given the dates of the first recorded raids, the aftermath of the wars with England, plague and environmental factors such as climate change led to fall in population and colder and wetter weather. This led to greater difficulty in raising crops in an area (i.e. the Highlands) that was always marginal and so two alternative ways of making a living – herding cattle and raiding cattle became more prevalent.

Another historian suggests that cattle raiding is purely a practice of inter-tribal activity that he believes had been part of clan life for many centuries and may have had its origins as far back as the Iron Age.

Many stories have been handed down over the centuries about the Caterans, some of which can be found in Stuart McHardy’s book ‘The School of the Moon.’

Here’s one about Chalmers of Morganstoune: 

During the 18th century, a man named Chalmers, who lived at Morganstoune (close to Bridge of Cally), was prepared to protect his property fiercely from the Caterans who plotted to murder him in his sleep. While out tending his cattle, Chalmers spotted some Caterans lying in wait. Pretending not having seen them, he went about the rest of his business, but that night stayed up to beat them at their own game. Eventually, a Cateran stealthily tried to enter the house and was killed by Chalmers, who then killed a second Cateran. The surviving Caterans crept away and never troubled Chalmers again.


• Photo: A Cateran in Glenshee by Kevin Greig,, an original artwork commissioned for the Exhibition ‘A Story of the Cateran Trail in 100 Objects’, Alyth Museum 2017

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Visiting Cateran Country in the heart of Scotland, could not be easier. Easily accessible from all 3 international airports; Glasgow, Edinburgh and Aberdeen. Your holiday in Perthshire begins here.

Make your base with us in Cateran Country and you’re within easy reach of just about anything you’d want to do in Scotland, with spectacular scenery, interesting towns and villages plus a range of outdoor activities suitable for all ages and abilities and especially for families.

From climbing Munros to studying famous Pictish Stones or from cycling on quiet roads to serious mountain biking, its all on the doorstep. You can even take a paddle by the sea, as the unspoilt Angus coastline is less than an hours drive. It’s brilliant for a family holiday.

Travel up through Glenshee (the Glen of the Fairies) to Braemar for the Highland Gathering, across to Balmoral, summer holiday home to the Royal Family and head on to Lochnagar distillery to sample a wee dram. Then back down through the Glens taking in some of our stunning countryside.

Or, why not get active and bungee off a bridge, sphere down a hill, go white water rafting, gliding, learn to fly, drive a tank, try archery, hot air ballooning, a day at the races, geocaching, mountain biking, the list is endless and all you have to do is step outside!

So come and enjoy your ideal Scottish break whether recharging, unwinding and enjoying the breeze on the heather, the panorama of soaring hill-slopes or seeking new adventures with a walk, climb, cycle, golf, fishing or trail-ride, visit historic places like Glamis Castle and Scone Palace or the family attractions in Dundee or Perth, shop or discover the gourmet delights – then take a look now at what’s on offer in Cateran Country.

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