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Kirkmichael to Tulliemet – Caterans and Drovers

From Kirkmichael cattle were driven in two directions. Until the 17th century, caterans would take beasts stolen from Strathardle and neighbouring glens south to Blairgowrie and beyond. In the following two centuries, drovers took legally-acquired cattle west towards Ballinluig to cross the rivers Tummel and Tay before being taken on via Amulree to the Crieff Tryst. This walk starts with a short stretch of Cateran Trail south from Kirkmichael before heading uphill west towards where the drovers brought their cattle down into the Tay valley. The route takes us past Lochans Oisinneach Beag and Mor, ending at Tulliemet. On tracks or paths throughout, sometimes very rough and potentially very wet underfoot.
Walk date:
Saturday 12th October, 2019
Walk leader:
Gordon Morrison
Crieff meet time / Walk start time:
8:15 am / 9:45 am
Walk end time / Crieff return time:
3:45 pm / 4:30 pm (estimated)
Total distance / Total ascent / High point:
16 km / 450 m / 470 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 6hrs. This is a longish walk with no options to shorten it. There are good tracks at start and finish but the middle section is on more exposed high ground with some rough terrain to be covered which could be very wet underfoot. If the weather forecast is for conditions which would make the walk hazardous, I will offer a linear walk from near Guay (drop off on minor road 006 495) to Dunkeld, via Loch Ordie. Distance 12 – 15k, depending on route chosen, ascent 350m, altitude 320, on tracks and paths through Atholl Estate, mostly in woodland but also some open ground.

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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