Cateran’s Common Wealth is all about celebrating and sustaining the things that belong to all of us – our common wealth as it is often called – and one of our most cherished examples of common wealth here in Eastern Perthshire is the Cateran Trail. Our initiative has been totally inspired by its people, places and landscapes and so we’d like to ask you to help give the Cateran Trail a little love…
Steps on the Cateran Trail before and after repairs
Every year thousands of people visit the Trail, widely regarded as one of Scotland’s Great Trails, but most don’t realise that the entire Trail is maintained and improved through charitable donations and grants raised by the Perth & Kinross Countryside Trust (PKCT), who manage and maintain the entire route. PKCT’s ambition is for the Cateran Trail to be among the best quality long-distance routes in Scotland. To achieve this, they are working to replace old gates and stiles, sort out drainage on all the really muddy bits, and make sure the path is in top condition.
An example of storm damage on the Cateran Trail requiring urgent work
However, all this takes money and our changing climate is making PKCT’s job even harder as heavy rain and flooding add more and more work to an already long list of jobs to do. PKCT launched the Cateran Trail Appeal to give people who love the Trail as much as they do a way to help care for it.
A Cateran Trail stile upgraded to a self-closing gate
To contribute to this appeal, please head over to PKCT’s website: www.pkct.org/appeal/love-cateran-trail or pick up a leaflet at our Exhibition in Alyth Museum – ‘A Story of the Cateran Trail in 100 Objects’.