Walking and cycling in Perthshire

Highland Perthshire is a walker's paradise amidst scenery to die for, with some of the finest mountains, lowland trails, unspoilt roads and paths, mixed walking and designated routes in the British Isles. A wealth of walks for walkers of all abilities, from easy low-level walks and strolls to more difficult mountain scrambles - from a few hours' rambling and gentle walking, to veritable expeditions. Part of the appeal of walking here is the diversity of the seasons. Each has something different to offer as indeed does every day.

Walks to suit everyone, from a one-hour stroll with the kids to a multi-day trek through some of the last wilderness areas of Europe. At all times of the year, some of the most glorious scenery in Scotland can best be enjoyed here, on foot. The nearby Angus Glens in particular are well worth a visit.

The Cateran Trail

The Cateran Trail is a delightful 100km (60 mile) walk set in the Perthshire Highlands of Scotland similar to the West Highland Way. Often thought of as the Heart of Scotland Perthshire has some of the most dramatic and beautiful scenery in the UK. The Cateran Trail, based on historic drove roads used by ancient Caterans hundreds of years ago, takes in the best of this scenery.

Caterans, cattle rustling and pillaging towns and villages were a feared and formidable force in the Middle Ages. Fortunately todays walkers do not encounter any acient Cateran warriors, simply the breathtaking beauty of the Perthshire countryside.

Starting at the prosperous and delightful town of Blairgowrie the trail takes in beautiful Glen Isla and up to the Spittal of Glenshee, where in acient times many of the pilfered cattle were sold. It then winds its way down to Kirkmichael and Bridge of Cally.

Cycling

For centuries, active folk have been sporting about in the fresh air of Perthshire. So it's none too surprising that such modern-day sports as mountain biking in the Highlands or road cycling on intertwining roads have pervaded the heart of Scotland.

Fantastic local trails and beautiful tree lined roads and routes, the colours changing as the seasons. And a superb support structure of cycle and mountain bike hire and accessory shops.

Perthshire is a destination for all seasons, but if you want stunning scenery and vivid colours, come cycling in autumn when the tree-lined hillsides and glens are resplendent with their coat of blazing coppers, orchres and golds.

Off-roaders are well-accommodated too. Here you will find an extensive selection of little used Highland forestry and other tracks, many of which are close to the main A9 road route north ... and with our superb hotel accommodation and our membership of the Visit Scotland Walkers and Cyclists Welcome schemes, you can always be sure of a hot bath here to soothe those invigorated muscles at the end of the day