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Founded in 1997, Perth and Kinross Countryside Trust is an independent charity that negotiates access to land, builds footpaths, helps care for Perthshire’s spectacular woodlands and trees and works on conservation projects; all to improve and promote access to the countryside for walkers, cyclists and horse riders. We work in partnership with other organisations and community groups to help make Perthshire one of the most accessible destinations in Scotland. Quality access to the countryside provides great opportunities to improve health and wellbeing and is vital for the tourism economy. Revenue from tourism in Perth and Kinross is worth nearly £400 million annually with 12% of the local employed in the tourism sector compared with 7% for Scotland as a whole.
The Cateran Trail is one of 26 designated Great Trails found in Scotland. The circular route travels for 64 miles and passes through a number of rural communities. Bed and breakfasts, pubs, hotels and local shops all receive vital income from Trail users. Other users that will benefit include Mountain bikers, horse riders and walkers. This funding proposal focuses on improving the route between Kirkmichael and Glenshee. Work will include replacing old waymarker posts, renewing old finger posts and the replacing broken stiles with new easy to use gates. It is vital that the Trail is improved to provide a quality experience that continues to attract people to the area. The project will involve the local community, the Perth and Kinross Countryside Trust and a local contractor.