What’s Planned

Image, courtesy of the Laing Photographic Collection

We are now gearing up to move on to the next stage of our plans, and they are very exciting! The Cateran’s Common Wealth team are collaborating with a group of local tourism related businesses to launch a new worldclass outdoor ecomuseum without walls, open 24/7, set in the community landscape of Alyth and the environs of Cateran Country.


The definition of an ecomuseum is a museum focused on the identity of a place, largely based on local participation and aiming to enhance the welfare and development of local communities. The term “éco” is a shortened form for “écologie”, but it refers especially to a new idea of holistic interpretation of cultural heritage, in opposition to the focus on specific items and objects, performed by traditional museums. There are presently about 300 operating ecomuseums in the world; about 200 are in Europe, mainly in France, Italy, Spain, and Poland. There is only one other ecomuseum in Scotland, Ceumannan on Skye.

Pictish Warrior as imagined by the 16thc artist John White, British Museum print

The Cateran Ecomuseum will turn Alyth and its environs into a destination that capitalises on its archaeological, cultural and natural heritage. Using all the amazing material that has been created through The Story Box, Common Ground and A Story of the Cateran Trail in 100 Objects, we will build a digitally enhanced visitor experience of up to 100 sites of interest in and around Alyth which will enable visitors to:

  • View pictures
  • Watch videos
  • Listen to other visitor stories
  • Enjoy songs from the area
  • Learn about the legends, heritage and history of Cateran Country
  • Explore more with ancient and contemporary local maps
  • Discover what lies buried beneath their feet
  • Find nearby facilities e.g. local accommodation, hotels, camps sites, glamping, restaurants, cafes and tearooms.

The sites will be further curated into a set of suggested itineraries accessible via walking, cycling and car, and different themes that appeal to a broad range of interests, such as natural heritage, historical and archaeological sites of interests, stories myths and legends.

The creation of The Cateran Ecomuseum is a once in a generation opportunity to capitalise on a new level of local energy and interest in the culture, history and heritage of Cateran Country enabled by the success of the Cateran’s Common Wealth initiative and the constellation of local and regional initiatives that are all happening at the same time right now, namely:

  • the rebranding of Eastern Perthshire as Cateran Country
  • the attraction of existing tourism assets from golfing to adventure tourism, from the Cateran Trail to Perthshire Open Studios
  • the success of other new initiatives such as Alyth Creates and the Cateran Sportive
  • the Dundee Waterfront development and the City’s whole emphasis on cultural tourism and bidding for the European City of Culture in 2023
  • Perth City’s investment in cultural experiences

Image, courtesy of the Laing Photographic Collection

If you would like to talk to us about our plans or if you have an idea you would like to propose, please get in touch.

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