Southern Upland Way

Additional Days & Activities

We would be delighted to arrange additional days for you along the Southern Upland Way.

You may wish to plan a rest day or have an additional night at any of the locations along the route which offer activities or sightseeing opportunities, and we've made suggestions for some of our favourites below. Please request this when you make an enquiry.


  • Relax on your own secret sandy beach sheltered between rugged cliffs
  • Visit the scenic ruins of Dunskey Castle, perched on a rocky outcrop jutting out into the Irish Sea
  • Play a round of golf at Portpatrick Dunskey Golf Course
  • Go sea angling from Portpatrick Harbour on a private charter along the dramatic coast of the Rhins of Galloway

St John’s Town of Dalry

  • Star gaze in the Galloway Dark Sky Park, awarded the status of “Dark Sky Park” as only one of four parks in the western world. Over 7,000 stars and planets are visible with the naked eye from the Forest Park
  • Take a walk on the nearby Galloway Red Kite Trail and watch one of nature's most beautiful creatures swoop and glide through the air


  • Visit the oldest Post Office in the world still in regular use, established in 1712, and the fascinating Tolbooth Museum
  • Discover the ruins of Sanquhar Castle on the outskirts of town
  • Go salmon fishing or canoeing on the Nith, one of the fastest flowing rivers in Britain

Beattock / Moffat

  • Have a rest day halfway through your Southern Upland Way walk and enjoy the facilities and restaurants in the lovely spa town of Moffat
  • Visit Moffat Woollen Mill famous for the very best in Scottish Knitwear
  • Explore the rolling hills around Moffat. Walk the famous Devil’s Beef Tub and Hart Fell above the Upper Annandale Valley and savour the stunning views


  • Enjoy this charming and picturesque town, perhaps the loveliest of all the Borders towns
  • Explore the ruins of magnificent 12th century Gothic Melrose Abbey, where Robert the Bruce’s heart is said to be buried
  • Visit Abbotsford House, Gardens and Museum - once home of Sir Walter Scott and complete with 9,000 rare books
  • Visit the Three Hills Roman Heritage Centre and learn about the Scottish Borders’ Roman heritage