LISTEN: Callum McNeill-Ritchie shares why he thinks the trail celebrates Highland Perthshire
Visitors to the historic Cateran Trail are set to have the ultimate experience this summer as the well-loved route gets its own Rangers to support guests.
Working from now until October, the Rangers will provide support and vital improvements and maintenance to the trail.
Senior Countryside Ranger at Hushwing Ranger Service, Callum McNeill-Ritchie said:
“Our team of Rangers are really looking forward to working on the Cateran Trail this summer.
“The picturesque countryside along the whole route makes it a great place to work, and the variety of projects and activities to improve the route and engage with visitors will certainly keep us busy.
“I look forward to meeting people while out and about and hope they find our work beneficial to the accessibility and their appreciation of the route.”
The trail is managed by Perth & Kinross Countryside Trust (PKCT), an independent charity who, since its founding in 1997, has negotiated access to lands, built footpaths and helped to care for the countryside through undertaking conservation projects.
Their hard work ensures access being constantly improved for walkers, cyclists, and horse riders.
The Ranger project is being funded by NatureScot’s Better Places Green Recovery Fund which aims to help communities to further develop pro-active visitor management in destination ‘hot-spot’ locations.
PKCT’s Strategic Routes Officer who manages the Cateran Trail, Andrew Barrie, said:
“Managing all 64-miles of the Cateran Trail is tough work, especially for a small charity like us. So, it will make a huge difference to the Cateran Trail visitor experience having a Ranger team carry out access and maintenance works as well as engaging with the public to raise awareness of the Scottish Outdoor Access Code and remind them of their rights and their obligations towards the countryside, like responsible camping.
“Our Hushwing Rangers will have the opportunity to liaise with local Council Visitor Management Rangers this summer to provide the best overall service for visitors, land managers and local communities.”
The 64-mile (103 kilometre) walking route follows the old drovers’ roads used from the Middle Ages to the 17th century and takes visitors on a picturesque walk that can be completed in 4 or 5 days.
An estimated 8,000 people visit the trail every year, recognised by NatureScot as one of Scotland’s Great Trails.
For more information on the Cateran Trail, please visit: https://www.pkct.org/cateran-trail
A COVID-19 safe update to the Outdoor Access Code can also be found on PKCT’s website at: https://www.pkct.org/pages/category/pkct-covid-19-update