The Cateran Trail, 65 miles
This circular route that overlaps the border between Angus and Perthshire in Scotland is a fantastic walk to spot wildlife and take in superb mountain views. The trail takes its name from thieves known as Caterans that would hide in the moorlands and steal the cattle that were grazing on the lush grass. At 65 miles from start to finish, the walk can be completed in 5 or 6 days if you’re walking at an easy pace.
The route starts in the burgh (small town) of Blairgowrie, taking walkers first to Kirkmichael, then on to the Spittal of Glenshee, then Glenisla, and finally Alyth, before ending up back in Blairgowrie. Each location has cosy accommodation options and much of the walk has pubs along the way, making a quick stop for food and drink simple enough. Highlights of the walk include Blackcraig Forest, Dalnaglar and Forter Castles, and Auchintaple Loch. There is also a shorter version of the trail that samples some of the best bits of the main train in a slightly more palatable two-day excursion.