The Cateran Trail is a 64-mile long distance walking route in the heart of Scotland, nestled between the Angus glens and Perthshire moors. The trail attracts thousands of visitors every year, from mighty walkers and cyclists to horse-riders and hardy soldiers. It is continually being upgraded to improve accessibility with bridge repairs, self-closing gates, path maintenance, waymarkers and more.

Spittal of Glenshee © PKCT

In conjunction with NatureScot, Perth and Kinross Countryside Trust have launched an interactive online accessibility map of multi-use obstacles across the entirety of the Cateran Trail.

The project, presented in a simple google map, lists all self-closing gates, field gates, cattlegrids, bridges, stiles, water crossings, steps and more. It features high-quality images of each feature, as well as descriptions and precise locations. Where a difficult obstacle may lie in your way, the map also lists an alternative (for example, most cattlegrids have a field or self-closing gate right next to it)!

The map allows users to pick and choose which obstacles to highlight and zooms to see exactly where they are. Not only that, but it is also easily downloadable to smartphones and will work on the go in your google maps app.

Cateran Trail Accessibility Map Preview © PKCT

We hope that this map is of use to those looking to plan their next great adventure out in the Scottish countryside! We plan to update it as the Cateran Trail evolves, and we look forward to improving accessibility on and offline. With the new River Tay Way, we’re hoping to replicate this interactive map to our other long-distance walking route.