Founded in 1997, Perth and Kinross Countryside Trust is an independent charity that negotiates access to land, builds footpaths, helps care for Scotland’s most spectacular woodlands and trees, and works on conservation projects all to improve and promote access to the countryside for walkers, cyclists and horse riders.

We work in partnership with other organisations and community groups to help make Perthshire one of the most accessible destinations in Scotland.


Our largest projects currently are....

Perthshire Big Tree Country (PBTC)

Scotland’s most spectacular trees and woodlands, where there are lots of different experiences to discover and enjoy.

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PBTC Conifer Conservation Programme

Restoring Perthshire's Victorian designed landscapes and protecting some of the world's most threatened conifers from extinction by collecting seeds and creating safe-havens for young trees in the forests, gardens and estates of Perthshire.

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The Cateran Trail

One of Scotland’s Great Trails, the Cateran Trail is a fully waymarked, 64-mile (103 km) route through Perthshire and the Angus glens in the heart of Scotland approximately 1 ½ hours north of Edinburgh.  As Trail Managers, we manage and maintain the path, work closely with the landowners whose land it crosses, and promote the Trail to users.  All of this work is funded through donations and grants.

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National Tree Collections of Scotland

We host the NTCS Network, which brings together the best of Scotland’s specimen tree collections to increase public awareness of and access to these collections and to help protect this aspect of our national heritage for future generations.

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Working with Communities

We work with communities across Perth & Kinross to help them build and improve the network of paths in and around their communities.  Visit our Paths & Walks page to find out about the projects we've already completed.  We are currently working with the following communities to create new and improved path networks:

  • Auchterarder
  • Scone
  • The communities around Loch Tay

Johnnie Mathews Path phase one

The Tay Landscape Partnership

Tay Landscape Partnership (TayLP) is an exciting four-year, £2.6 million Heritage Lottery Funded project celebrating the landscapes of where the Rivers Tay and Earn meet.  Together with our partners the Perth & Kinross Heritage Trust, we are delivering 29 projects that will:

  • conserve, restore and improve access to a range of natural and historic features
  • encourage and support a greater diversity and quantity of people to learn about and more actively participate in their landscape and its heritage
  • provide training opportunities for people in local, traditional skills
  • link with broader public and private investment in Dundee, Perth and Fife, to support sustainable economic development

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