The Southern Upland Way

The Southern Upland Way is Scotland's longest walk, a 212 miles (341 km) coast to coast walk between Portpatrick in the west and Cockburnspath in the east. It is Scotland's longest and arguably most dramatic and unspoiled Long Distance Route. So whether you're up for walking the entire route, a camping holiday, or a short break that combines day walking with a variety of other recreational activities, then the Southern Upland Way is the route to take.
The walk as a whole takes between ten and twenty days, depending on fitness, experience and weather conditions. It includes some very demanding stretches, with the Lowther Hill summit rising to 2378 ft (725) and over 80 more rising past 1000 ft (305 metres). The best way to walk the Southern Upland Way is from West to East. This means that the sun, wind (and rain) are at your back. The weather in Southern Scotland, esspecially on high ground,  can change rapidly, so take precautions for all conditions.
There are many possibilities and packages, that you can book through a travel agency. For a reasonable charge, the clothing and equipment you don't need each day can be transferred between one night's stop and the next. The diverse character and changing landscape of the Southern Upland Way make it perfect for short excursions or long distance hikes.
Sixteen sections make up the walk, each presenting a different cameo of Scotland's magnificent Southern Uplands.
Route sections:
1. Portpatrick to Castle Kennedy - 13 miles (20.8 kms)- Intermediate
2. Castle Kennedy to New Luce (Balmurrie)- 11 miles (17.6 km) - Intermediate
3. New Luce (Balmurrie) to Bargrennan - 17.5 miles (28 km) - Intermediate
4. Bargrennan to Clatteringshaws - 17.5 miles (28.kms)- Intermediate
5. Clatteringshaws (Craigenbay) to St. Johns Town of Dalry - 8 miles (12.8 km) - Intermediate
6. St. Johns Town of Dalry to Stroanpatrick - 7.5 miles (12 kms) - Intermediate
7. Stroanpatrick to Sanquhar - 18 miles (28.8 km) - Intermediate
8. Sanquhar to Wanlockhead - 7.5 miles (12 km)
9. Wanlockhead to Beattock & Moffat (Dumcrieff)- 23.5 miles (37.6 km)
10. Moffat to St Mary's Loch - 19.8 miles (31.7 km)
11. St Mary's Loch to Traquair - 12 miles (19.2 km)
12. Traquair to Galashiels & Melrose - 18.2 miles (29.1 km)
13. Melrose to Lauder - 10 miles (16 km)
14. Lauder to Longformacus - 15 miles (24 km)
15. Longformacus to Abbey St. Bathans - 7 miles (11.2 km)
16. Abbey St. Bathans to Cockburnspath - 10 miles (16 km)
You can find more information and details about the sections and route on this site:

trekking features

  • Camping and/or teahouse/lodge trek
  • Length >14 days and < 21 days
  • Length >7 days and < 14 days
  • Maximum Altitude <2000m
  • Difficulty - Medium

The Southern Upland Way details

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