The Cateran ecoMuseum

is a museum without walls

Set in the beautiful and dramatic landscapes
of Cateran Country, all our sites are outside.

Park Neuk Stone Circle, photo, Ron McGill

our story

About the Cateran Ecomuseum


The Cateran Ecomuseum is an outstanding new cultural destination in Scotland’s Tay Country.

Designed to reveal the hidden heritage of this captivating part of Perthshire and Angus by the community who live there, the Cateran Ecomuseum tells the story of its people, places and landscapes.


It’s easy to visit the Cateran Ecomuseum!

getting here and travelling around

The Cateran Ecomuseum is close to both the cities of Perth and Dundee and on the way to the Cairngorms National Park. The Snow Roads Scenic Routes runs through it. This centrality gives us great links to Scotland’s other three major cities – Aberdeen, Edinburgh and Glasgow and their international airports.

Dundee, Tay Country’s main city has a twice daily service to London Stansted serving 150 destinations home and abroad, you can take the train as far a Dundee and Perth and the No 57 Bus serves Alyth and Blairgowrie.

There is a well connected road network across the Ecomuseum area and walking and cycling routes abound.


Auchintaple Loch, photo, Perth & Kinross Countryside Trust


The Cateran Ecomuseum traverses Perthshire, Angus and the southern edge of the Cairngorms National Park. We’ve designed a series of walks in different locations for you to enjoy which which you can find out about through this portal.



This is where you’ll be able to find out about how you can cycle round the Cateran Ecomuseum sites, guided by itineraries designed for all abilities by local cycling experts. These will be ready in the Spring of 2019 too.



Picturesque roads and historic routes criss cross the Cateran Ecomuseum region and include the Snow Roads Scenic Route. You’ll be able to find out how you can access Ecomuseum sites by car here from the Spring of 2019.


The Cateran Ecomuseum’s vision is:

to enable holistic, democratic and sustainable involvement with culture, history and heritage



•  Engage in activities to develop public understanding and engagement with the arts, culture, history, natural and cultural heritage of the Community Council areas of Alyth, Blairgowrie & Rattray, Coupar Angus & Bendochy, Meigle, Mount Blair and Kirriemuir Landward West through the establishment, development and maintenance of The Cateran Ecomuseum.

•  Support individuals and organisations involved in the establishment, development and maintenance of The Cateran Ecomuseum.

Glenisla, photo, Perth & Kinross Countryside Trust


Originating in France in the 1970’s Ecomuseums focus on the identity of a place with the term “éco” being a shortened form for “écologie”. Still a relatively new concept, there are around 300 worldwide and only one other in Scotland, on Skye.

Set in specific landscapes, they offer:
•  a unique mechanism for community engagement with heritage – empowering people to manage their own heritage by taking an active role in preserving the objects, sites and cultural practices they value
•  a frame for a much more holistic interpretation of cultural heritage, quite different to the focus on specific items and objects, performed by traditional museums whose collections are sited inside a building.
•  an unusual focus for the development of sustainable cultural tourism.

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