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Caterans and Drovers. The Cateran Trail – Spittal of Glenshee to Kirkmichael

This glorious linear walk is the most spectacular section of the Cateran Trail.

This glorious linear walk is the most spectacular section of the Cateran Trail (named after cattle thieves who would have been active on this section of the droving route from the north to the Tryst at Kirkmichael).  It starts at the Spittal of Glenshee before climbing steeply south east through Coire Lairige and over the pass at An Lairig.  It then crosses wild moorland, commanding spectacular views of the surrounding mountains, passing the hidden Lunch Hut, where Queen Victoria rested with John Brown on 13th October 1863, and descending through Calamanoch Wood to Enochdhu. The trail then heads south west following the delightful River Ardle to Kirkmichael.

If you would like to see a route map in Google Earth for this walk, please  click here to download – Tryst_H_Spittal_of_Glenshee.  You will need to have Google Earth downloaded on your PC/tablet in order to view.  This file will also show the ‘rise and fall’ of the walk if you choose ‘Edit’, then ‘Show Elevation Profile’.



Kindly sponsored by McNees of Crieff Delicatessen

McNees Delicatessen

Walk date:
Saturday 6th October, 2018
Walk leader:
John Cummings
Crieff meet time / Walk start time:
8:30 am / 10:00 am
Walk end time / Crieff return time:
3:30 pm / 4:30 pm (estimated)
Total distance / Total ascent / High point:
13 km / 650 m / 650 m
Minibus provided
Ticket price:
Tickets are sold out or not yet/no longer on sale.


Safety notesGear requiredMap of start locationWalk T&Cs

Walk duration - 5.5hrs Initially there is a steep ascent. Whilst the walk is on a recognized trail it is at times ill-defined and crosses high exposed moorland. It can be boggy in parts.

For Medium, Hard and Extra Hard walks we ask walkers to make sure they have full hillwalking gear, by which we mean definitely the following: Boots, warm clothing, warm/quick drying trousers (not denim jeans), waterproof jacket and over trousers, rucsac, hat, gloves, spare fleece, packed lunch, spare food and drink, small personal first aid kit including any medications, mobile phone, headtorch, and bivvy bag if you have one, and possibly also these other items, depending on personal preference: Gaiters, rucsac cover, walking poles, spare socks, map, compass, GPS, lipsalve, camera.

1. Risk.
The nature of hill walking potentially involves leaders or other participants in providing close assistance to others. For everybody’s protection those people classified as ‘vulnerable adults’ or young people under the age of 16 must be accompanied by an appropriate carer or responsible adult. No special arrangements are available to provide independent supervision for vulnerable people, and the accompanying carer takes full responsibility for them. The carer or parent is best placed to judge the capability of their charges.

2. Children.
We do ask that you only bring children on a walk if you are confident that they will be able to complete it comfortably. At all times, children must be accompanied by an appropriate adult who must take full responsibility for them.

3. Lower age limits.
No children under the age of 16 are allowed on Extra Hard or Hard walks. Children over the age of 12 are permitted on Medium and Easy walks provided that they are accompanied by a responsible adult.

4. Dogs.
In common with other similar events and in consideration for others, dogs are not allowed (guide dogs excepted).

5. Smoking.
Please do not smoke on walks, out of consideration to others.

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