The Cateran Ecomuseum

About this Organisation

The Cateran Ecomuseum is a museum without walls, all our sites are outside. Designed to reveal the hidden history of this part of Tayside by the community who live here, it tells the story of its people, places and landscapes from pre-history to the present day.

Situated on the 500-million-year-old Highland Boundary Fault – the great geological feature that divides the Scottish Highlands from the Lowlands – the Cateran Ecomuseum’s human history stretches back through millennia with sites identified from Neolithic times.

There are Pictish Stones to excite your curiosity, unknown stories from the legends of King Arthur and the Pan-Gaelic hero Finn mac Cumhaill, contemporary histories of the Scottish Traveller Community, important events linked to the great Jacobite rebellions and fables of the Caterans themselves, the Highland clan warriors who came to be associated with cattle raiding.

You can discover the history of Scotland’s Berry Capital, Blairgowrie, and visit the site of its Victorian Textile Mills, walk a part of the Highland Boundary Fault in Alyth and enjoy its well preserved old town centre. A hike along the Cateran Trail, one of Scotland’s great long distance footpaths will take you across magical Glenshee to the small villages of Kirkmichael and Glenisla, offering you spectacular views through huge landscapes sculpted by glaciation and traversed by old drove roads and ancient rights of way.

You can visit and enjoy Ecomuseum sites through a series of itineraries that have been locally designed for walkers, cyclists and those visiting by car, visit to find out more.


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Entry last updated: December 10th, 2020

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