Southern Upland Way


Trail Details
> Prices from: £ 1250.00 per person
> Start / Finish: Portpatrick / Cockburnspath
> Distance: 212 miles (341 km)
> Duration: 13 - 15 days according to choice
> Availability: April to October
> Grading: Very challenging
> Way-marked

Southern Upland Way Highlights

  • Scotland’s first official coast-to-coast long distance walk
  • Journey through a spectacular, remote and undiscovered part of the country
  • An epic 212-mile journey of personal endurance away from the crowds
  • Discover the fascinating historical, cultural and archaeological heritage of Dumfries and Galloway and the Scottish Borders
  • Explore the enchanting Galloway Forest and Dark Sky Park - over 7,000 stars and planets are visible with the naked eye
  • Visit Castle Kennedy Gardens, unique due to the warm Gulf Stream
  • Wanlockhead - Britain's highest village

The Southern Upland Way is Britain's first official coast to coast long-distance walk, running from Portpatrick on the rocky west coast of Scotland to Cockburnspath on the eastern seaboard. It offers superb and varied scenery, taking in idyllic farmland, tranquil lochs, wild forests, rolling hills, remote mountains and heather-clad moorland on its way across the country.

Spanning 212 miles, it provides a real challenge for the enthusiastic walker looking for an adventure in this undiscovered and unspoilt part of Scotland. It is well waymarked but navigation and map skills are essential, as it runs through a secluded and dramatic landscape, miles from the nearest road and civilisation—an experience to be fully savoured!

Following the iconic white thistle symbol, the Southern Upland Way traverses most of the major habitat types found in southern Scotland. Highlights include the coastal cliffs of the Rhins of Galloway, the enchanting Galloway Forest and Dark Sky Park, the steep hills of Lowther and the quaint Scottish Border region, home of Sir Walter Scott.

The route is dotted with charming villages and towns, as well as places of historical and archaeological interest, from ancient standing stones to medieval castles, as well as modern artworks.

It typically takes about 2 weeks to complete, but for a sustained walking tour such as this, with steep gradients and long days, additional rest days are highly recommended and truly rewarding. This epic walk will leave you with memories for a lifetime.

Keen to find out more about walking the Southern Upland Way? Check out our blog: Uncover the Secrets of the Southern Upland Way and our online photo album.


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