Perthshire Museums

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Perthshire Museums

Cateran Ecomuseum

The Cateran Ecomuseum is a unique cultural attraction located in the heart of Perthshire. This innovative concept combines elements of heritage, nature, and community to create a one-of-a-kind experience for visitors.

The Cateran Ecomuseum takes its name from the infamous group of cattle thieves and bandits known as the Caterans who roamed the Scottish Highlands in the 17th and 18th centuries. These lawless individuals terrorised the countryside, stealing livestock and causing havoc wherever they went. The ecomuseum seeks to capture the spirit of these free-spirited outlaws while also celebrating the rich cultural heritage of the region.

The concept of the ecomuseum was first introduced in the 1970s in France as a way to preserve and showcase local traditions and customs. The idea was to create a network of sites and attractions that would collectively tell the story of a particular region and its people. The Cateran Ecomuseum was established in 2018 as part of this global movement to promote sustainable tourism and community engagement.

The primary purpose of the Ecomuseum is to connect visitors with the natural beauty and cultural heritage of Perthshire. By exploring the various sites and attractions that make up the ecomuseum, visitors can learn about the history of the region, its people, and the traditions that have been passed down through generations. The ecomuseum also aims to promote sustainable tourism practices and support local businesses and communities.

As the ecomuseum continues to grow and evolve, there are plans to expand its network of sites and attractions, develop new partnerships with local organisations, and engage with a wider audience. The ecomuseum also aims to become a model for sustainable tourism practices and community-based conservation efforts.

Images: Facebook – Cateran Ecomuseum