Walking in
Cateran Country

No matter your age or fitness level, there's a walking excursion to suit your fitness level - from sheltered forest walks and riverside strolls, all the way to demanding high-level walking on the Grampian plateau. That's the real beauty of Cateran Country in Eastern Perthshire.

Walking trails in and round towns, Forestry Commission signposted and waymarked tracks, ancient rights of way leading deep into the hills, plus the challenging mountains - including at least a dozen Munros - that lie east of the A9 and are accessed from Glenshee. All of these are possibilities for walkers to explore.

We're especially proud of the Cateran Trail. The name was originally ‘ceatharn’ in Gaelic and meant a band of soldiers, but came to mean a Highland freebooter or cattle thief. As you walk this circular route that penetrates the Highland hills, you're walking in the footsteps these Highlanders of old who would come down to the farms of the Lowland edge, ‘lift' the cattle and drive them back into their rugged territory.

Dedicated walkers can take 4-5 days to walk its entire length, but it can easily be broken into stages.  The trail is clearly waymarked – look for the red heart logo – through farmland, forest and moorland, using ancient tracks and drove roads, rights of way and minor roads.

Major annual walking events in Cateran Country include the annual Cateran Yomp and the Blairgowrie & East Perthshire Walking Festival.

To book your guided walking tours or activities, please contact:

Gulabin Outdoor Centre

NSC Outdoor Adventures

Outdoor Explore

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