Historically, Glenshee has always been an important route through the Eastern Highlands, and this may well have been the case in prehistoric times.
With traces of human settlement going back millennia and centuries of droving and wayfaring, legends have woven their way into the landscape of the Glen and stories of clan warfare, fearsome Cateran cattle rustlers and tales of travellers tragedies and fortune abound.
The Glen folk are renowned for their courage and valour and for beguiling the people passing through their lands, even Queen Victoria stopped to make acquaintance with the locals she regularly passed by.
Today you can cycle or drive through the Glen on the Snow Roads Scenic Route or walk its northern reaches on the Cateran Trail and in the Cairngorms National Park.
Whatever your mode of transport, this itinerary offers you the opportunity to stop along the way, take the time to enjoy the dramatic landscapes and learn about some of the area's rich heritage and history.
You can read the leaflet that accompanies this itinerary here.
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Points to visit
Along the way you will find these points of interest:
The site of a number of iron age round houses. Dalrulzion is a name given to a particular form of iron age house building style with double walls. They are so named because there are many examples of this type of ancient building within the forest....Read more
The gathering place of the Clan MacThomas. Just south of Finegand, in Glenshee, is a large glacial erratic stone. There are many erratics in this glacial landscape but the thing that makes this stone special is that it is now the gathering place for...Read more
The military story behind some of Scotland’s roads. Major William Caulfeild, the British government’s Inspector of Roads from 1732 to 1767, was responsible for building new roads and bridges in the Highlands of Scotland, the aim of...Read more
A traditional Parish Church built on the site of an old standing stone. Glenshee Kirk is built on the site of a late Neolithic, early Bronze Age (c 3,000 – c 2,100 BC) standing stone, which can still be seen behind the Church. It is a good...Read more
One of many legends in Glenshee connected to Fionn Macumhaill. Dhiarmaid or Diarmuid O’Duibne (“of the bright face”) was one of the legendary Fionn Macumhaill’s most trusted warriors. It is said that he is buried in this mound and that the...Read more
The story behind the word Cateran. ‘Cateran’ derives from the Gaelic word ceatharn meaning ‘warrior’, but usually one that is lightly armed. The term was originally given to a band of fighting men of a Scottish Highland clan but in the...Read more