Southern Upland Way

Travel Information

Detailed travel information for the Southern Upland Way will be supplied in your information pack, but the following may help with your planning.


Arriving into Scotland:

By Air: 
Nearest International Airports: Glasgow International, Glasgow Prestwick and Edinburgh

An airport shuttle bus operates from Glasgow International Airport to Glasgow city centre (journey time 20 minutes). A train service operates between Glasgow Prestwick Airport and Glasgow Central Station (journey time 45 minutes). A tram and bus operate between Edinburgh Airport and Edinburgh Haymarket Station (journey time 20 minutes) from which you can connect to either Glasgow Central or Glasgow Queen Street (journey time 45 minutes to 1 hour).

By Rail: 
If you plan to travel by train you can connect with a train to Stranraer from Glasgow Central Station. The journey from London Euston to Glasgow Central Station takes approximately 5 hours 30 minutes. Frequent services operate on the West Coast Main Line to Glasgow Central Station.


Getting to Portpatrick:

By Rail: 
From Glasgow Central Station there are frequent rail services to Stranraer station (journey time 2 hours 40 minutes). Stranraer is located 7 miles from Portpatrick. We’d recommend taking a taxi to Portpatrick. Alternatively, there is a local bus service to Portpatrick operated by DGC Buses with a journey time of approximately 20 minutes.


Returning from Dunbar:

By Rail: 
Dunbar is conveniently situated on the East Coast Main Line. Direct services run to Edinburgh (journey time 30 minutes), Newcastle (journey time 1 hour 10 minutes) and London (4 hours 30 minutes).

By Air: 
Nearest Airports: Edinburgh Airport (1 hour via Edinburgh Haymarket Station), Newcastle Airport (2 hours via Newcastle Central), or Glasgow International (3 hours via Edinburgh and Glasgow Central).

Train Tickets
Great savings can be made by buying your train tickets in advance through The Trainline website
. Although tickets can only be mailed to a UK address, overseas customers can still order tickets in advance and collect them from a Fast Ticket machine in the UK. Fast Ticket machines are located in most mainline railway stations.