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Blairgowrie - Kirkmichael (Cateran Trail section 1)
Distance: 25km/16 miles, 520m total ascent.
Walk Duration: 8hrs
Spaces: Maximum 10, minimum 3.
Notes: Extremely Strenuous. Hillwalking gear required. Packed lunch and snacks required.
Maps: Landranger 43 & 53, Explorer 381 & 387
154 is used on part of this walk.
This is a substantial section of the Cateran Trail following a conventional clockwise circuit. Starting in Bairgowrie the walk follows the River Ericht upstream and along the route of the Lornty Burn towards the open expanse of Cochrage Muir. We then follow old drove roads near the River Ardle through Strathardle towards Kirkmichael. Strathardle (valley of the river Ardle), a lush highland 'glen' has been farmed since the Bronze Age. In later times its soft contours and cattle rich pastures were a magnet for the Caterans.
First stop coming off Cochrage Muir