Cateran Trail

Gulabin Lodge nestles only 200 meters from the Cateran Trail at the Spittal of Glenshee and is an ideal location for an overnight stop.

We can provide all meals if required and transport around the route in our 17 seat minibus. Our café which is located on site at the lodge is open for lunches and snacks if just passing. Packed lunches can also be provided if required. Many groups utilise the lodge as a base for the duration of the walk with transport each day to drop off and collect as required. For further info on availability please submit an enquiry form with your requests.

Listed below is some further information on the Cateran Trail.

The Cateran Trail
Follow in the footsteps of the Caterans – marauding cattle thieves from the Middle Ages.

The Cateran Trail is Scotland’s first circular long-distance route.  Winding through a mixture of farmland, moorland and woodland; 64 ml/ 103 km of fully waymarked paths decorated with seasonal wild flowers of pansies, forget-me-nots, harebells and scabious.

Along the Trail, wide open views reveal distant hills, interrupted by mixed woods of gnarled birch, oak and ash, and more recent forest plantations.  The outer reaches provide shelter for some of the area’s shyer wildlife residents from red squirrels to stoats and pine martens.

For maximum ease and enjoyment, walk the Trail at a leisurely pace in five stages.

1) Blairgowrie to Kirkmichael
The old mills, lades and weirs along the River Ericht are testament to Blairgowrie’s fascinating industrial past.  The Trail rises gently from the banks of the Ericht before descending to Bridge of Cally amidst spectacular views, and on through the quiet of the glen to Kirkmichael.

2) Kirkmichael to Spittal of Glenshee
Climb to the highest point of the Trail at Lairig Gate through moorland and hill passes, to the rewarding prospect of Glenshee, nestled far below.  Be part of the Trail’s story by adding your name to the visitor book in the ‘lunch hut’ on the way.

3) Spittal of Glenshee to Kirkton of Glenisla
Hugging the Shee Water, the Trail heads south skirting castles at Dalnaglar and Forter.  The lochs of Auchintaple and Shandra provide a striking backdrop to the journey into Kirkton of Glenisla, once host to a number of illicit stills.

4) Kirkton of Glenisla – Alyth
The steep rise from the tranquil village is worth the effort as the Trail reveals breathtaking open aspects down the glen.  The streets of the charming burgh town of Alyth once echoed to the sound of cattle being driven through its centre.

5) Alyth – Blairgowrie
After climbing Alyth Hill, the Trail passes impressive standing stones on the way to Bridge of Cally and Blairgowrie.  Or follow Alyth Burn through the Den of Alyth, with its notable sandstone cliffs, for an alternative ending to your long distance adventure.