The Cateran Trail, a five night serviced walk around Alyth, Blairgowrie,
Bridge of Cally,
Glenshee, Kirkmichael, Glenisla
The Cateran Trail - a fully waymarked circular route.
Signposts, stiles and bridges marked with cateran trail logo and direction arrows allow for easy route identification.
Scotland the Cateran Trail can be walked in 4 or 5 days - or in stages.
It follows old drove roads, ancient tracks, minor roads and passes through farmland and forests.
A five night circular walk starting at
any point on the trail.
Walk the Heart of Scotland
Blairgowrie to Bridge of Cally - 7 miles/11km
Taking a clockwise direction, the Trail can start in Blairgowrie, a bustling market town at the
heart of Scotland's
soft fruit industry. The banks of the River Ericht provide a gentle approach to
the walk with historical interest
en route. Blairgowrie was once an important jute town and a number
of old mills, mill lades and weirs can be found in the vicinity.
In the late autumn, wild Atlantic
salmon can often been seen ascending the waterfalls as they head upstream
to their spawning grounds. Great views as the path climbs and
stretches out over Cochrage Muir
before descending to the tiny hamlet of Bridge of Cally, where
refreshments and accommodation are available.
Bridge of Cally to Kirkmichael - 8 miles/13½km
For the next 8 miles the Cateran Trail winds its way through soft green contours of Strathardle glen.
In past times this glen was a lucrative plundering ground for the Caterans, who seized cattle grazing in
pastures. Near Bridge of Cally the Trail passes through Blackcraig Forest where roe deer and red
may be spotted. Woodland, moorland and farmland are all features of this section before the
descent into Kirkmichael village with eating places, bed breakfasts and hotels.
Kirkmichael via Enochdhu to Spittal of Glenshee
- 8 miles/13km
This part of the trail follows a hill pass from Enochdhu to Spittal of Glenshee. Enochdhu means
`black meadow` or `moor.` This settlement was once a gathering point for Caterans following a raid.
Since the cateran trail rises to over 700 metres above sea level spectacular views are guaranteed.
It’s possible to glimpse red deer and eagle. A timber hut, by the side of the path, has been provided
by the estate. The descent to Spittal of Glenshee is dramatic.
Accommodation is available at Glenkilrie, Inveredrie, the hotel and Gulabin.
Spittal of Glenshee via Blacklunans to Kirkton of Glenisla - 14 miles/22½km
Departing Spittal of Glenshee the cateran trail heads southwards across the hillside and follows the
Shee Water past Dalnaglar Castle into the fertile farmlands of Glenisla. The first 5 miles of this
stretch are on rough moorland path, then via quiet minor roads past the stunning setting of
Forter Castle. Energetic walkers may wish to take the alternative route into Glenisla by crossing
Staying on the Trail the route passes Auchintaple Loch and Loch Shandra.
The village of Kirkton of Glenisla
with a hotel and b&b at Glenmarkie, West Freuchies and
Purgavie farmhouse sits on the banks of the River Isla, an ideal location for refreshments,
dinner and good nights sleep.
Kirkton of Glenisla to Alyth - 11 miles/17½km
Take the Trail through forest and farmland to the historic and picturesque burgh town of Alyth.
The area around Alyth has strong links to Arthurian legends and it is believed that Queen Guinevere
held captive by King Mordred at his Fort on nearby Barry Hill.
The route crosses Alyth Hill, rising steeply on the edge of the town, before meandering down Toutie Street
into the centre. The River Queich or Alyth Burn as it is
locally know, runs
through the centre of the town.
It rises in what was the Forest of Alyth where in 1326,
the Bruce, reputedly hunted
stag prior to the signing of charters relating to the
Abbeys of Arbroath and Scone.
The Alyth Den a S.S.S.I. where you may see red squirrel, heron and deer, meets up with the cateran trail
on the way to Bridge of Cally. Alyth is
a traditional farming town with a local Alyth hotel, Scottish Mansion
House - Lands of Loyal and established
bed & breakfast Old Stables where you may leave
your car by arrangement.
Good restaurants, shops,
cafes, pubs, Indian restaurant.
Alyth to Bridge of Cally - 9 miles/15km
Heading north - west out of Alyth the Cateran Trail uses moorland and estate roads.
Walkers are rewarded with extensive views since the they twice climbs to over 950ft above sea level.
Bridge of Cally Hotel is located close to the old bridge above the River Ericht.
Alternatively - Alyth to Rattray, Blairgowrie. -
Through Alyth Den (S.S.S.I.) and Drimmie Woods is now signed and now completes the circle,
making it possible to commence this circular walk at any point and
unnecessary to double back
to Bridge of Cally and Blairgowrie.
Return to collect your transport at your chosen point of departure.