Kirkmichael – Enochdhu – Spittal of Glenshee – Lair – Kirkmichael 20 miles (32 km)

For those walkers looking for a two-day adventure, the Mini Trail offers the ideal opportunity to sample some of the best bits of the Cateran Trail over a weekend or short break.

Kirkmichael to Spittal of Glenshee - 8 miles / 13 km

Begin at Kirkmichael, where many ancient drove roads converged, and head north towards the Spittal of Glenshee. During summer months, if time allows, a slight detour to Dirnanean Gardens will reward you with walks through a stunning collection of big trees including giant redwoods and noble firs.

The walk to the Spittal passes through young plantations and heathery hillside before arriving at the Lairig Gate, the high point of the Trail (650m / 2130ft). Stunning views unfold on the descent to the Spittal, sitting cosily between Glen Lochsie and Gleann Beag.

Spittal of Glenshee to Kirkmichael - 12 miles / 19 km

After a night’s rest at the Spittal of Glenshee, the first part of the return journey to Kirkmichael hugs the Shee water down to the bridge at Lair. Oyster catchers are often spotted and, if you’re lucky, black and white dippers may be seen disappearing under water to walk along the river bed.

From Lair, the Mini Trail winds its way along the river valley over agricultural land. The unusual round buildings seen on some of the farm steadings are the old horse mills that were prolific until the introduction of the petrol engine in the 1940s.

Back in Kirkmichael, enjoy a well earned meal at one of the local hostelries before returning home.

Plan your visit

Details of transport, accommodation and where to eat change all the time in rural Scotland.  To make sure you are always working with the latest information, we recommend that you use the Traveline Scotland website to plan your travel and the Visit East Perthshire, Trip Advisor or Airbnb websites for the latest accommodation information.

The Cateran Trail Guidebook also contains detailed information on planning your visit including all the information you need on travel, eating, sleeping, weather, underfoot conditions and much more.  Visit our shop to buy a copy.

Don't get lost!

Although the Cateran Trail is waymarked, you should not try to walk the route without a map or guidebook.  Every year a few walkers ignore this advice and end up getting lost.  We have worked in partnership with the publishers of the Rucksack Readers hillwalking guidebooks and Footprint hillwalking maps to create a guidebook and map for the Trail.  We check each new edition of these to make sure they are up to date and accurate.  If you are planning to walk the Cateran Trail and don't have a guidebook or map...

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