Cateran Trail

A circular walking holiday at the edge of the Grampian Mountains, beginning and ending at Blairgowrie.

6 to 7 nights Moderate/Demanding to Demanding

From £480 per person

Cateran Trail

Explore the glens and hillsides of an unspoilt corner of Scotland, nestled at the foot of the Grampian Mountains. The Cateran Trail circles through Perthshire’s Blairgowrie, Kirkmichael and Alyth, exploring an enchanting mix of rounded green hills, heather-clad mountains, fast-flowing rivers, impressive waterfalls and deciduous woodland.

It was across these beautiful landscapes that the Highland caterans once roamed, pillaging and cattle-rustling as they went, and it’s from these brigands that the trail takes its name. As a result, there is also plenty of history to uncover along the way, particularly within the area's many welcoming towns and villages.

Cateran Trail map
Circular trail beginning at Blairgowrie
64 miles (103 km)
21st March to 31st October

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, affectionately known as 'The Heart of Scotland.’

Becoming immersed in the atmosphere of the many Highland towns and villages, from tasting Blairgowrie’s raspberries to wandering through the heather of Glen Beanie.

Select Your Tour

Cateran Trail (6 nights, 5 days walking)
Looking for a different itinerary? Choose from 2 tours on this route.
£480 per person
  • Itinerary
  • What's included?
  • Extra nights?
  • Tour facts
  • Travel info
  • Weather
Day 1

Travel to Blairgowrie where your first night's accommodation has been booked

Day 2

Blairgowrie to Kirkmichael. 15 miles (24km)

Day 3

Kirkmichael to Spittal of Glenshee. 8 miles (13km)

Day 4

Spittal of Glenshee to Glenisla. 14 miles (22.5km)

Day 5

Glenisla to Alyth. 11 miles (17.5km)

Day 6

Alyth to Blairgowrie. 16 miles (25.5km)

Day 7

Depart from Blairgowrie after breakfast

Your Itinerary

This itinerary lists our preferred overnight stops for this tour. Sometimes there may be a shortage of available accommodation in a preferred location, in which case we will transfer you from the trail to your accommodation and back again at no extra charge. Overnight stops marked with a (T) will always require transfers as standard.

The daily mileages quoted are average trail miles only and do not include the distance from the trail to your accommodation. We do not expect you to have to walk more than a mile from the trail to your accommodation; should your accommodation be further than this, transfers will be provided as standard.

Below are the additional costs that may apply depending on your requirements. Dog friendly tours are subject to a Daily Dog Charge, which will be listed below if applicable. Our standard prices per person 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, then the Solo Walker or Single Supplements apply respectively:

Single Supplement
£25.00 per person / per night

You can add rest days at any of the overnight stops:

Extra night (Standard)
£50.00 per person / per night

What's included?

  • 6 nights accommodation in en-suite rooms with private bathrooms (where available) in selected hotels, inns and guesthouses along the trail.
  • Breakfast each day.
  • Door to door luggage transfer.
  • Maps with the route marked on and a guidebook or route notes describing the trail.
  • An information pack containing an itinerary, instructions on how to find your accommodation each night and a kit list.
  • Detailed travel instructions on how to get to the start of your holiday and back from the end of it.

Extra Nights & Rest Days


Tour Facts

Total distance: 64 miles (102.5 km)
Duration: 6 nights, 5 days walking
Minimum daily distance: 8 miles (13 km)
Maximum daily distance: 16 miles (25.5 km)
Code: CATT1 Grade: Demanding
Season: 21st March - 31st October
Start of holiday: Blairgowrie
End of holiday: Blairgowrie

Travel Information

Detailed instructions on how to get to the start of the holiday and back from the end, are sent to you on booking. A summary is given below:

By Air - The most convenient major city and international airports are Edinburgh, Glasgow and Dundee.

By Rail - The nearest rail stations to Blairgowrie are either Perth (about 16.5 miles away) or Dundee (about 19.5 miles away).

By Bus - Various bus services run to and from Blairgowrie.

From London - Trains run from London Kings Cross station to Perth. From there a bus/taxi will be required to Blairgowrie.

Return To The Start - The Cateran Trail is a circular trail beginning and ending in Blairgowrie.

It is very easy to travel to the start (and return home from the end) of the holiday using public transport. Please click here for more information.

Weather Information

To find out more about the weather forecast for your chosen holiday's general location, please see the following websites:

  • MetCheck - This website allows you to look up detailed weather information for specific locations as far as six months in advance.
  • Met Office - This website shows regional area forecasts a few days in advance, with a general UK forecast description of up to 30 days in advance.
  • Mountain Forecast - This website shows what the forecast is like up on specific hills and fells, and offers forecasts a few days in advance.

Select Your Tour

Cateran Trail (6 nights, 5 days walking)
Looking for a different itinerary? Choose from 2 tours on this route.
£480 per person