People – Belle & Sheila Stewart

Belle Stewart and her daughter Sheila were Scottish traditional singers and storytellers. Their roots were in the Scottish Highland Traveller community, known in Scottish Gaelic as the “Ceardannan” (the Craftsmen) or “luchdsiubhail” (people of travel). This community has a long history in Scotland going back, at least in record, to the 12th century as a form of […]

Common Ground Exhibition Launched

Today we launched our Common Ground Exhibition at The Barony Alyth, the culmination of a project that captured the great variety and richness of the 6,000 years of the Cateran Trail’s historic environment through specially commissioned and curated oblique aerial photography of the locality especially curated by Perth & Kinross Heritage Trust. 600 photographs have been […]

Cateran Trail Appeal: Love the Cateran Trail

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 […]

‘A Story of The Cateran Trail in 100 Objects’ Exhibition launched

Today we launched our exhibition ‘A Story of the Cateran Trail in 100 Objects’ at Alyth Museum. It was opened by Bob Ellis, one of the Trail’s founders and one of the youngest members of East Perthshire’s community to have walked the Trail, Sebastian Goodman. One of Scotland’s great long-distance footpaths and fully waymarked, the Trail’s circular 64-mile (103-km) route through […]

Griz An Cateran

The Perthshire poet Jim C Mackintosh (who you can read a bit more about here), wrote a poem this year especially for the Cateran Yomp called Griz An Cateran. The Yomp (a military term for a long-distance march) takes place every year around the Cateran Trail and is organised by The Soldiers Charity.   Jim waiting to go on […]

The Story Box Launched!

The Story Box, a new community-led oral history archive, was launched today, Thursday 18th May in Alyth Market Square.   Alyth Primary School youngsters opening The Story Box with one of their songs The box was opened by Dorothy Lothian, the oldest contributor to the archive, who recounts tales of her rural childhood during World […]

The Community Councillor’s Story: Morag Young

Morag Young combines her creative skills running a tattoo studio with being Chair of Blairgowrie Community Council. Clare Cooper, co-producer of Cateran’s Common Wealth found out a little about how she came to be in this very important civic role.   Morag Young at a Blairgowrie & Rattray Community Council meeting Can you tell us […]

A Story of the Cateran Trail in 100 Objects: Community Panel Chooses Final List

The final 100 Objects to be included in “A Story of the Cateran Trail in 100 Objects” have now been chosen.   The project was launched in November 2016 with a campaign to crowdsource ideas for 100 objects that tell the story of the Trail’s history right up until the present day. Folk who live and […]

Andy Wightman Talk: The Commonty of Alyth Hill & Its Relevance Today

Andy Wightman, writer and researcher on land issues in Scotland and now an MSP for the Green Party gave a fascinating talk on the Commonty of Alyth Hill on the 28th April in Alyth.   As he has explained in his paper on the topic of his talk, “Commonties are areas of common land that were […]

Scotland’s Sounds Network funds Researcher in Residence for The Story Box

The Scotland’s Sounds Network has just confirmed that they are able to support a Researcher in Residence as part of The Story Box project. The overarching aim of the network is to improve the care of and the access to Scotland’s heritage recorded sounds. Naomi Harvey is a PhD researcher with a background in working […]