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Long Distance Paths  
The Cateran Trail
  Loch Beanie
Loch Beanie (Glentrek)
loch shandra
Loch Shandra
The Cateran Trail is a great new route, giving you the chance to explore a relatively unspoiled part of the Scottish highlands. The route is inspired by the deeds of the Caterans, cattle thieves who were once active in the area, robbing lowland settlements and returning by the same routes that you can now walk in comfort with Make Tracks. You start and finish at Blairgowrie, easily accessible from the mainline railway stations at Perth, Dundee and Pitlochry. The start and finish of the route are pleasant farmland and riverside walking, but the middle few days take you into another world of remote glens and mountains. Its easy to see why the caterans felt safe from capture in this beatiful but isolated landscape.
The Cateran Trail - Suggested Itinerary (6 Nights)
Day 1 Arrive Blairgowrie 30 mins by bus from Perth or Dundee
Day 2 Blairgowrie to Kirkmichael (15m, 24.5k) A high path through farmland, then a green highland glen to a peaceful village
Day 3 Kirkmichael to Spittal of Glenshee (8m, 13k) After a short walk by the river, you head for the hills over a pass to the Spittal (a refuge, but now a Hotel). Stay at the Hotel, or walk a further couple of miles to our recommended B&B.
Day 4 Spittal to Kirkton of Glenisla (14m, 23k) A choice of routes. Our recommended route takes you onto high ground, past two delightful hill lochs, Loch Beanie and Loch Shandra
Day 5 Kirkton of Glenisla to Alyth (11m, 17k) Forest and farmland, with wide open views
Day 6 Alyth to Blairgowrie (16m, 26k) More fine views all day - there is an optional short cut of less than 10 miles
Day 7 Depart Blairgowrie  

Price for this itinerary
(2 people sharing a room & subject to availability)

£410.00 per person Book the Cateran Trail Now
As with all our walks, we can adapt the itinerary to suit you. If you would like to walk shorter or longer distances each day, have a fixed timetable, or would like to stay at other overnight stops, just let us know and we will try to arrange things to meet your requirements. The Cateran Trail can also be easily adapted to a three or four night circular walk. Contact us for details.
The nearest mainline rail stations are at Perth and Dundee. From Perth, Stagecoach run service nos. 57 (timetable) and 58 (timetable). The journey takes about 40 minutes. From Dundee, service no. 57 (timetable), also runs to Blairgowrie, taking about an hour.

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"Just wanted to thank you for an amazing holiday a couple of weeks back walking the Cateran Trail. All the accommodation was first class, amazing rooms, fantastic food and lovely people. We had great fun even though the weather wasn't too great..... Tigh na Leigh in Alyth - superb! not forgetting the two wonderful farm houses along the way with some of the nicest people we have ever met. The blisters are long forgotten and we have some great memories. Thanks again I will definitely recommend and use you again."

Gerry, Midlothian, Scotland


Make Tracks Walking Holidays
26 Forbes Road, Edinburgh, Scotland, EH10 4ED
Telephone +44 (0)131 229 6844

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