Sunday, January 31, 2010

Rolling Perthshire Hills on the Cateran Trail

Rolling Perthshire Hills on the Cateran Trail.

The Cateran Trail was the first circular long distance route in Scotland. Fully waymarked, it is 64 mls/ 103 km long and can be easily walked over four or five days - or in stages. Blairgowrie is where many people begin their journey and we enjoyed a leisurely walk today on the section alongside the River Ericht.

The Trail boasts some of the loveliest scenery in a corner of Perthshire that is relatively unknown to walkers. It follows old drove roads, ancient tracks and minor roads and passes through farmland and forests. Signposts, stiles and bridges marked with the Trail logo and direction arrows, allow for easy route identification.

Signposting on Cateran Trail.

Highland cows on Cateran Trail.

I'm told that the word blackmail comes from the days when the black cattle were stolen and the owners had to make a payment to get them back! I don't think that Rob Roy MacGregor made it as far as Perthshire, but he seems to get the blame for stealing all the cattle!

Keathbank Mill, River Ericht, Blairgowrie.

Lade on River Ericht at Keathbank Mill.

Cargills Leap

Cargills Leap, River Ericht, Blairgowrie.

Weir on River Ericht, Blairgowrie.

For lovely Bed and Breakfast Accommodation in Blairgowrie, try Gilmore House where Jillian can assist in planning your trip on the Cateran Trail.

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