No matter your age or fitness level, there's a walking excursion to suit your fitness level (and the weather!) - from sheltered forest walks and riverside strolls, all the way to demanding high-level walking on the Grampian plateau. That's the real beauty of Blairgowrie and East Perthshire.
Walking trails in and round towns, Forestry Commission signposted and waymarked tracks, ancient rights of way leading deep into the hills, plus the challenging mountains - including at least a dozen Munros - that lie east of the A9 and are accessed from Glenshee; all of these are possibilities for walkers.
We're especially proud of the Cateran Trail. The name was originally ceatharn in Gaelic and meant a band of soldiers, but came to mean a Highland freebooter or cattle thief. As you walk this circular route that penetrates the Highland hills, you're walking in the footsteps these Highlanders of old who would come down to the farms of the Lowland edge, ‘lift' the cattle and drive them back into their rugged territory.
Dedicated walkers can take 4-5 days to walk its entire length, but it can easily be broken into stages. And it's clearly waymarked – look for the red heart logo – through farmland, forest and moorland, using ancient tracks and drove roads, rights of way and minor roads.
Don't miss the annual Blairgowrie & East Perthshire Walking Festival event (held each September). Partake in walks across some of the iconic long distance trails, drove roads, and high hills during a challenging 4 day event including very streneous walks and a number of Munros (something for most abilitiies). For more information, contact Sue or Nick Cole on Tel. 01828 640763.
READY YOURSELF & YOUR TEAM for the ultimate challenge - a 24-hour 54-mile hike along the Cateran Trail in the remote and beautiful glens and hills of Perthshire and Angus.
The ALLIANCE TRUST CATERAN YOMP takes place annually in June. This great event is not only a massive personal challenge but will be raising vital funds to support ABF The Soldiers' Charity and the Alliance Trust Staff Foundation. Your support will have a direct and immediate impact on the lives of soldiers, former soldiers and their families, along with community groups across the UK.
AN EPIC ADVENTURE that will push you and your team, it will be full of great experiences. The Yomp will be the Rolls Royce of charity walks.
Please visit website for full details of costs and registration.
The Alliance Trust Cateran Yomp is raising money to support ABF The Soldiers' Charity and Alliance Trust Staff Foundation. All money raised will be split: Two thirds to ABF The Soldiers' Charity and one third to the Alliance Trust Staff Foundation.