Cateran Trail

Cateran Trail Map

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During the Middle Ages, bands of ferocious brigands or caterans roamed across the Highlands pillaging and cattle rustling, striking fear and loathing into all who crossed their path. Glen Isla, Glen Shee and Glen Ardle, on the southern edge of the Grampian Mountains, being rich in cattle, were frequently attacked by the caterans who would drive the stolen cattle along drovers' paths through the hills to their mountain lairs. This delightful trail explores these beautiful glens and surrounding hills, following in the footsteps of the Caterans. The scenery in this unspoilt corner of Scotland is superb. It is an enchanting mixture of rounded green hills, rugged heather-clad mountains, deep wooded valleys, fast flowing rivers, waterfalls and deciduous woodland.

Highlights of the trail include Cargill's Leap, the scene of a daring escape of a 17th century Covenater; the last resting place of a Pictish prince; tranquil Glen Ardle, where the stolen cattle were rested by the Caterans before being driven over the hills to Glen Shee; the spectacular views on the descent to the Spittal of Glenshee, a lawless place in medieval times where most of the stolen cattle were sold; the tomb of King Fingal's champion Diarmid, who was mortally wounded by a demon boar; and the historic little town of Alyth.

Holiday Highlights

  • Following in the footsteps of the menacing Caterans who once drove their stolen cattle over the route.
  • Exploring the stunning hills and glens of Perthshire, the ‘Heart of Scotland.’
  • Becoming immersed in the culture and atmosphere in the many Highland towns and villages, from tasting Blairgowrie’s raspberries to wandering through the heather of Glen Beanie.

Cateran Trail

Total Distance 64 miles (102.5 km)
Start and Finish Circular trail beginning at Blairgowrie
Availability 21st March to 31st October
Tour Code Itinerary Tour Price    
CATT1 6 nights, 5 days walking £460 per person More Information Book Online
CATT2 7 nights, 6 days walking £525 per person More Information Book Online
Our prices are based upon two people sharing a room. If you are walking on your own, or are part of a group, but require a room of your own, one of the following charges applies:
£30 per person / per night
£20 per person / per night
You can add rest days at any of the overnight stops:
Extra night (Standard)
£50 per person / per night
All of our prices are in British pounds (£). Use our currency converter to convert British pounds (£) to your country’s currency.

The price that you pay includes:

  • accommodation on a bed and breakfast basis.
  • door to door luggage transfers for every day of your tour.
  • maps, guidebooks and a tour pack detailing specific information about your holiday.

Ms Catron. USA.

Contours did an excellent job! We would recommend you to anyone. We were the only Americans on the trail and the only Americans that several B & B's said they had ever had stay.