The trail takes its name from the marauding bands of cattle thieves known as Caterans who, during the 1300-1600’s, brought terror and bloodshed to these glens rustling the cattle and moving them into the hidden valleys. It explores secluded areas throughout Strathardle area, including parts of Glen Shee and Glen Isla and gives the walker incredible views in a peaceful landscape.
With plenty of pubs and small settlements at decent intervals, a high moorland pass with great mountain views and excellent wildlife spotting potential it offers the walker a well signposted and way- marked route which they can take at a leisurely pace over 5-6 days - or you can attempt the 65 mile circuit at a more challenging pace!
The walk covers a mix of paths, tracks, short sections of minor road and some moorland stretches and is most stunning in the Autumn. It can be rough in places and very muddy in others so it’s likely you will need a variety of clothing with you.
That’s where Nethercraig Holiday Park can help - as you can see, we are situated very close to the Trail’s eastern edge, just below the Loch of Lintrathen. Our Glamping Pods can provide you with the ideal solution for a stop on your walk, giving you a warm and snug night under cover with the opportunity to dry out any wet or damp clothing / footwear before the following day’s walking. Alternatively, we have a large area for tent pitches if you’re carrying your bed on your back!
Blairgowrie to Kirkmichael 24.25km 6 - 7 hours
Kirkmichael to Spittal of Glenshee 13km 4 - 4.5 hours
Spittal of Glenshee to Glenisla 23.5km 6 - 7 hours
Kirkton of Glenisla to Alyth 17km 4.5 - 5.5 hours
Alyth to Blairgowrie 26.25km 6.5 - 7.5 hours