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Overview

Walking Holidays
14 - 16 Nights
212 miles / 341 km
  • Prices from: £1250 per person
  • Start: Portpatrick, Dumfries and Galloway
  • Finish: Cockburnspath, Scottish Borders
  • Availability: Any start date from April to October
  • Grading: Strenuous
  • Way-marked: Yes

Southern Upland Way Highlights

The challenge
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Take on the challenge of walking Britain’s first official coast to coast long-distance walking route, and enjoy a feeling of great achievement as you reach the finishing line after 212 miles.

Southern Uplands
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Experience incredible scenery as you hike across the remote Southern Uplands – an underappreciated range of mountains and hills covering an area 6 times bigger than Snowdonia.

Galloway Forest Park
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Go stargazing in Galloway Forest and 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.

The Scottish Borders
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With majestic ruins and abbeys, quaint towns and idyllic rolling countryside, the Scottish Borders is a wonderful part of the country to go walking. Enjoy wonderful views of the Eildon Hill and Lammermuir Hills.

Historic attractions
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Visit fascinating historic attractions along the route, including ancient standing stones, Britain’s highest village, Traquair House and Brewery, Abbotsford house, Melrose Abbey and much more.

Unspoilt scenery
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The Southern Upland Way travels through a distant and dramatic landscape, unspoilt by modern life and crowds. Walk miles and miles before bumping into another walker and relish the quiet solitude of nature.

An Epic Journey Across Southern Scotland

The Southern Upland Way is Britain’s first official coast to coast long-distance walking route, running from Portpatrick on the west coast of Scotland to Cockburnspath on the eastern seaboard. It offers superb and varied scenery as it travels through the Galloway Forest Park, Lowther Hills and Scottish Borders.

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Spanning 212 miles, the Southern Upland Way offers the enthusiastic walker a real adventure in a remote, undiscovered part of the country. It’s waymarked but requires excellent navigation and map reading skills, 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, it travels through most of the major habitats found in southern Scotland, taking in idyllic farmlands, tranquil lochs, wild forests, rolling hills, remote mountains and heather-clad moorlands. Highlights include the coastal cliffs of the Rhins of Galloway, enchanting Dark Sky Park, hills of Lowther and Scottish Borders, home of Sir Walter Scott.

The route is dotted with charming villages and traditional pubs where you can stop for refreshments along the way. It offers a unique insight into life in the Southern Uplands, and has many points of historical and archeological interest, from ancient standing stones to medieval castles and 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 recommended.

Southern Upland Way Route

Recommended Itinerary

Our most popular itinerary is SUW2 which covers the route in 14 days / 15 nights.

Travel to Portpatrick for your first night’s accommodation
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Travel to the pretty pastel-coloured village of Portpatrick, nestling under steep cliffs on the west coast of the Rhins of Galloway, where you can dine al fresco overlooking the Irish Sea.

Day 1: Portpatrick to Stranraer (10.5 miles / 17 km)
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Start your journey across the country with a short coastal walk to Killantringan Lighthouse along the rocky west coast before turning inland climbing Broad Moor. The trail winds its way through Knockquhassen Reservoir, south of Loch Ryan, then descends into the seaside town of Stranraer.

Day 2: Stranraer to New Luce (11 miles / 17.5 km)
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From Stranraer you will briefly join the Mull of Galloway Trail, before reconnecting with the Southern Upland Way and following quiet woodland paths towards Castle Kennedy. Visit the enchanting Castle Kennedy Gardens, famed for their colourful displays of rhododendrons, azaleas and magnolias. 

From Castle Kennedy the route is mainly on forest tracks and country roads, crossing fields and gentle wooded hills as it makes its way through farmlands and heather-clad moorlands, before reaching the picturesque village of New Luce.

Day 3: New Luce to Bargrennan (18 miles / 29 km)
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The route traverses open moorland, passing a newly erected wind farm and a conifer plantation. As the thick plantation opens up, you will emerge at the ancient standing stones of Laggangarn. The path ascends Craig Airie then follows a winding road to the hamlet of Knowe.

The smaller summit of Ochiltree awaits with its iconic white trig point. From here the path gently rolls downhill into Bargrennan village where accommodation and food are available.

Day 4: Bargrennan to Craigenbay (16 miles / 25.5 km)
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Today’s walk will take you to the heart of the Galloway Forest and Dark Sky Park below the rugged Galloway hills, through a mixture of forest and wild moorland with some fine mountain views. The terrain is wilder and more remote than encountered so far, taking in majestic hills as well as Loch Trool, Loch Dee and Clatteringshaws Loch.

Your accommodation is nearby in charming St John’s Town of Dalry, nestling in the Glenkens. Teaming with wildlife and home to the Galloway Red Kite Trail around beautiful Loch Ken, Dalry will be your base while in the Galloway Forest Park.

Day 5: Craigenbay to Stroanpatrick (15.5 miles / 25 km)
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From Craigenbay continue uphill, as the fellside opens up the views should improve and take in distant hills. After a short climb up Waterside Hill, picturesque St John’s Town of Dalry is just a short walk away in the valley below, where you can enjoy a leisurely pub lunch before setting out again.

The way leaves town behind and starts ascending grassy Ardoch Hill, then crosses Butterhole Bridge, before arriving at Stroanpatrick.

Day 6: Stroanpatrick to Sanquhar (18.5 miles / 29.5 km)
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More challenging walking awaits today as you start climbing through remote country, first Manquhill Hill, on a gradually ascending path, then the steep summit of Benbrack (1902ft) – the highest point on the Southern Upland Way to date, rewarding you with stunning 360 degree panoramic views of the Galloway Hills.

Another stretch of excellent hillwalking awaits as you approach Sanquhar, nestling in rural Nithsdale, surrounded by exposed hilltops.

Day 7: Sanquhar to Overfingland (13 miles / 21 km)
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A wonderfully scenic day through the rolling hills of Lowthers with superb views. This section traverses the highest hills reached on the Southern Upland Way with a challenging high-level walk along an undulating ridge. You will have an opportunity to visit the fascinating Museum of Lead Mining in Wanlockhead, Britain’s highest village, once known as “God’s treasure house”.

Day 8: Overfingland to Beattock (15.5 miles / 25 km)
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Once the Lowthers are behind you, the path heads into Daer Reservoir following forest tracks, then climbs Beld Knowe on route to Evan Valley and Beattock through dense forest. Accommodation is found in the historic spa town of Moffat, lying on the River Annan.

Day 9: Beattock to St Mary's Loch (21 miles / 33.5 km)
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One of the last really long, remote stages on the way as you head northeast from Beattock and into the Scottish Borders, populated with quaint villages and towns. The route travels through a mixture of farmland, high moorland and forestry, crawling onto the Ettrick Hills, before descending to St Mary’s Loch, the largest natural loch in the Borders area.

Day 10: St Mary's Loch to Traquair (12 miles / 19.5 km)
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The route follows the eastern banks of St Mary’s Loch on a gentle footpath offering picturesque views of the surrounding hills and calm waters, to reach the fortified towers of Dryhope and Blackhouse, then continues along the exposed ridge of Black Muir, before descending into the small village of Traquair. Home to historic Traquair House, built in 1107, known as the oldest continually inhabited house in Scotland.

Day 11: Traquair to Melrose (17.5 miles / 28 km)
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Today’s walk starts with a short climb up Minch Moor with splendid views of the valley below. What follows is a superb high level ridge walk above the Tweed Valley, as you pass meadows of windblown heather and wild flowers, before reaching the impressive three cairns on the summit of Three Brethren. 

From here the path descends into Yair, crossing River Tweed, as it winds its way to the outskirts of Galashiels. Follow the River Tweed into lovely Melrose. At its centre stands the magnificent ruins of 12th century Melrose Abbey.

Day 12: Melrose to Lauder (10 miles / 16 km)
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A relatively short day of walking as the route makes its way through attractive farmland, gradually climbing Woodheads Hill, with just a touch of wilderness here and there. The principal town of Lauderdale, Lauder lies on the old established route between the Scottish capital of Edinburgh and England, dating back to the Roman Empire.

Day 13: Lauder to Longformacus (15 miles / 24 km)
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From Lauder, the Lammermuir hills provide open views, as you cut across rolling, windswept moorland to reach the summit of Twin Law (1466ft). Two impressive stone cairns adorn the summit, a grand viewpoint, rewarding the tenacious climber. From here the route continues downhill to Watch Water Reservoir, before the final descent to the tiny village of Longformacus.

Day 14: Longformacus to Cockburnspath (18 miles / 29 km)
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On the final leg of your Southern Upland Way walk, the major challenges of the trail is behind you. The way runs through pleasant woodland and prosperous farm country, before reaching the east coast, a wonderful sight after weeks of walking!

Some excellent coastal walking carries you the last mile, past Pease Bay and the wee village of Cove, before the route takes you inland to Cocksburnpath – the final steps after 212 miles of adventure and endurance. A well-deserved rest awaits you in the nearby town of Dunbar where accommodation, food and drinks are available and plentiful.

Onward travel
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After breakfast, you will start your journey home after a wonderful walking holiday on the Southern Upland Way.

What’s Included?

Your Southern Upland Way walking holiday includes:

  • Carefully selected accommodation along the route and trail transfers when applicable
  • En-suite or private bathroom facilities whenever possible
  • Daily door-to-door baggage transfers
  • Comprehensive information pack, kit list, guidebook and map (one set per room)
  • Personalised itinerary with details of your accommodation, route and recommendations for lunch and dinner
  • Traditional Scottish breakfast
  • 24-hour emergency contact number
  • Full financial protection

Your walking holiday doesn't include:

  • Travel insurance
  • Transport to and from the start and end of the walk
  • Lunches and evening meals

Itineraries & Prices

We offer 5 suggested itineraries for walking the Southern Upland Way.

Our most popular itinerary is SUW2 which covers the whole route in 14 days. We also offer the Southern Upland Way in two stages – the west section (SUW4) and the east section (SUW5), each of which is an excellent walk in its own right. This gives those with less time the opportunity to complete the trail in two stages.

Tour code
Itinerary
Average miles infoAverage miles per day
Difficulty infoLevel of difficulty
Price per person
SUW1
13 Days / 14 Nights
16 miles per day
Strenuous
From £1250
Average miles infoAverage miles per day 16 miles per day
Tour code: SUW1
Difficulty infoLevel of difficulty Strenuous

13 Days / 14 Nights (SUW1)

This itinerary lists our preferred overnight stops for this package. Transfers are included when you are staying away from the trail.

Additional nights can be added at any stage along the walk and we would be delighted to adjust it for you.

All of our prices are per person based on two people sharing a room. Our packages include all accommodation, baggage transfers and full information pack.

Additional information

As accommodation is limited along the Southern Upland Way, vehicle support is provided as part of your package, however, additional mileage will occur on some days.

Single room & solo walker supplements

Single rooms are available at a supplement which covers the additional costs of a single room or single occupancy of a twin or double room.

  • Standard: £30 per night

As we incur additional costs for transferring a single bag there is a solo walker supplement of £25 per day in addition to the single supplement.

Arrive Travel to Portpatrick for your first night's accommodation
1
Day 1 Portpatrick to Stranraer 10.5 miles / 17 km
2
Day 2 Stranraer to New Luce (overnight Stranraer) 11 miles / 17.5 km
3
Day 3 New Luce to Bargrennan 18 miles / 29 km
4
Day 4 Bargrennan to Dalry 24 miles / 38 km
5
Day 5 Dalry to Sanquhar 26 miles / 42 km
6
Day 6 Sanquhar to Wanlockhead (overnight Leadhills) 8 miles / 13 km
7
Day 7 Wanlockhead to Beattock (overnight Moffat) 20.5 miles / 33 km
8
Day 8 Beattock to St Mary's Loch (overnight Yarrow) 21 miles / 33.5 km
9
Day 9 St Mary's Loch to Traquair (overnight Innerleithen) 12 miles / 19.5 km
10
Day 10 Traquair to Melrose 17.5 miles / 28 km
11
Day 11 Melrose to Lauder 10 miles / 16 km
12
Day 12 Lauder to Longformacus (overnight Duns) 15 miles / 24 km
13
Day 13 Longformacus to Cockburnspath (overnight Dunbar) 18 miles / 29 km
Depart Onward travel from Dunbar

Prices

Standard
Good quality B&Bs, Guest Houses & Hotels
£1250 per person

Good quality and comfortable B&Bs, guest houses and some hotels located as close to the trail as possible. We will prioritise en-suite facilities or a private bathroom, although in remote areas with limited accommodation this may not always be possible.

SUW2
14 Days / 15 Nights
15 miles per day
Strenuous
From £1330
Average miles infoAverage miles per day 15 miles per day
Tour code: SUW2
Difficulty infoLevel of difficulty Strenuous

14 Days / 15 Nights (SUW2)

This itinerary lists our preferred overnight stops for this package. Transfers are included when you are staying away from the trail.

Additional nights can be added at any stage along the walk and we would be delighted to adjust it for you.

All of our prices are per person based on two people sharing a room. Our packages include all accommodation, baggage transfers and full information pack.

Additional information

As accommodation is limited along the Southern Upland Way, vehicle support is provided as part of your package, however, additional mileage will occur on some days.

Single room & solo walker supplements

Single rooms are available at a supplement which covers the additional costs of a single room or single occupancy of a twin or double room.

  • Standard: £30 per night

As we incur additional costs for transferring a single bag there is a solo walker supplement of £25 per day in addition to the single supplement.

Arrive Travel to Portpatrick for your first night's accommodation
1
Day 1 Portpatrick to Stranraer 10.5 miles / 17 km
2
Day 2 Stranraer to New Luce (overnight Stranraer) 11 miles / 17.5 km
3
Day 3 New Luce to Bargrennan 18 miles / 29 km
4
Day 4 Bargrennan to Craigenbay (overnight Dalry) 16 miles / 25.5 km
5
Day 5 Craigenbay to Stroanpatrick (overnight Dalry) 15.5 miles / 25 km
6
Day 6 Stroanpatrick to Sanquhar 18.5 miles / 29.5 km
7
Day 7 Sanquhar to Overfingland (overnight Leadhills) 13 miles / 21 km
8
Day 8 Overfingland to Beattock (overnight Moffat) 15.5 miles / 25 km
9
Day 9 Beattock to St Mary's Loch (overnight Yarrow) 21 miles / 33.5 km
10
Day 10 St Mary's Loch to Traquair (overnight Innerleithen) 12 miles / 19.5 km
11
Day 11 Traquair to Melrose 17.5 miles / 28 km
12
Day 12 Melrose to Lauder 10 miles / 16 km
13
Day 13 Lauder to Longformacus (overnight Duns) 15 miles / 24 km
14
Day 14 Longformacus to Cockburnspath (overnight Dunbar) 18 miles / 29 km
Depart Onward travel from Dunbar

Prices

Standard
Good quality B&Bs, Guest Houses & Hotels
£1330 per person

Good quality and comfortable B&Bs, guest houses and some hotels located as close to the trail as possible. We will prioritise en-suite facilities or a private bathroom, although in remote areas with limited accommodation this may not always be possible.

SUW3
15 Days / 16 Nights
14.5 miles per day
Strenuous
From £1370
Average miles infoAverage miles per day 14.5 miles per day
Tour code: SUW3
Difficulty infoLevel of difficulty Strenuous

15 Days / 16 Nights (SUW3)

This itinerary lists our preferred overnight stops for this package. Transfers are included when you are staying away from the trail.

Additional nights can be added at any stage along the walk and we would be delighted to adjust it for you.

All of our prices are per person based on two people sharing a room. Our packages include all accommodation, baggage transfers and full information pack.

Additional information

As accommodation is limited along the Southern Upland Way, vehicle support is provided as part of your package, however, additional mileage will occur on some days.

Single room & solo walker supplements

Single rooms are available at a supplement which covers the additional costs of a single room or single occupancy of a twin or double room.

  • Standard: £30 per night

As we incur additional costs for transferring a single bag there is a solo walker supplement of £25 per day in addition to the single supplement.

Arrive Travel to Portpatrick for your first night's accommodation
1
Day 1 Portpatrick to Stranraer 10.5 miles / 17 km
2
Day 2 Stranraer to New Luce (overnight Stranraer) 11 miles / 17.5 km
3
Day 3 New Luce to Bargrennan 18 miles / 29 km
4
Day 4 Bargrennan to Craigenbay (overnight Dalry) 16 miles / 25.5 km
5
Day 5 Craigenbay to Stroanpatrick (overnight Dalry) 15.5 miles / 25 km
6
Day 6 Stroanpatrick to Sanquhar 18.5 miles / 29.5 km
7
Day 7 Sanquhar to Overfingland (overnight Leadhills) 13 miles / 21 km
8
Day 8 Overfingland to Beattock (overnight Moffat) 15.5 miles / 25 km
9
Day 9 Beattock to Scabcleuch (overnight Yarrow) 5.5m / 9km
10
Day 10 Scabcleuch to St Mary's Loch (overnight Yarrow) 12 miles / 19.5 km
11
Day 11 St Mary's Loch to Traquair (overnight Innerleithen) 12 miles / 19.5 km
12
Day 12 Traquair to Galashiels 14 miles / 22.5 km
13
Day 13 Galashiels to Lauder 13.5 miles / 21.5 km
14
Day 14 Lauder to Longformacus (overnight Duns) 15 miles / 24 km
15
Day 15 Longformacus to Cockburnspath (overnight Dunbar) 18 miles / 29 km
Depart Onward travel from Dunbar

Prices

Standard
Good quality B&Bs, Guest Houses & Hotels
£1370 per person

Good quality and comfortable B&Bs, guest houses and some hotels located as close to the trail as possible. We will prioritise en-suite facilities or a private bathroom, although in remote areas with limited accommodation this may not always be possible.

SUW4
8 Days / 9 Nights (West Section)
15 miles per day
Strenuous
From £790
Average miles infoAverage miles per day 15 miles per day
Tour code: SUW4
Difficulty infoLevel of difficulty Strenuous

8 Days / 9 Nights (SUW4)

This itinerary lists our preferred overnight stops for this package. Transfers are included when you are staying away from the trail.

Additional nights can be added at any stage along the walk and we would be delighted to adjust it for you.

All of our prices are per person based on two people sharing a room. Our packages include all accommodation, baggage transfers and full information pack.

Additional information

As accommodation is limited along the Southern Upland Way, vehicle support is provided as part of your package, however, additional mileage will occur on some days.

Single room & solo walker supplements

Single rooms are available at a supplement which covers the additional costs of a single room or single occupancy of a twin or double room.

  • Standard: £30 per night

As we incur additional costs for transferring a single bag there is a solo walker supplement of £25 per day in addition to the single supplement.

Arrive Travel to Portpatrick for your first night's accommodation
1
Day 1 Portpatrick to Stranraer 10.5 miles / 17 km
2
Day 2 Stranraer to New Luce (overnight Stranraer) 11 miles / 17.5 km
3
Day 3 New Luce to Bargrennan 18 miles / 29 km
4
Day 4 Bargrennan to Craigenbay (overnight Dalry) 16 miles / 25.5 km
5
Day 5 Craigenbay to Stroanpatrick (overnight Dalry) 15.5 miles / 25 km
6
Day 6 Stroanpatrick to Sanquhar 18.5 miles / 29.5 km
7
Day 7 Sanquhar to Wanlockhead (overnight Leadhills) 8 miles / 13 km
8
Day 8 Wanlockhead to Beattock (overnight Moffat) 20.5 miles / 33 km
Depart Onward travel from Moffat

Prices

Standard
Good quality B&Bs, Guest Houses & Hotels
£790 per person

Good quality and comfortable B&Bs, guest houses and some hotels located as close to the trail as possible. We will prioritise en-suite facilities or a private bathroom, although in remote areas with limited accommodation this may not always be possible.

SUW5
6 Days / 7 Nights (East Section)
15.5 miles per day
Strenuous
From £665
Average miles infoAverage miles per day 15.5 miles per day
Tour code: SUW5
Difficulty infoLevel of difficulty Strenuous

6 Days / 7 Nights (SUW5)

This itinerary lists our preferred overnight stops for this package. Transfers are included when you are staying away from the trail.

Additional nights can be added at any stage along the walk and we would be delighted to adjust it for you.

All of our prices are per person based on two people sharing a room. Our packages include all accommodation, baggage transfers and full information pack.

Additional information

As accommodation is limited along the Southern Upland Way, vehicle support is provided as part of your package, however, additional mileage will occur on some days.

Single room & solo walker supplements

Single rooms are available at a supplement which covers the additional costs of a single room or single occupancy of a twin or double room.

  • Standard: £30 per night

As we incur additional costs for transferring a single bag there is a solo walker supplement of £25 per day in addition to the single supplement.

Arrive Travel to Moffat for your first night's accommodation
1
Day 1 Beattock to St Mary's Loch (overnight Yarrow) 21 miles / 33.5 km
2
Day 2 St Mary's Loch to Traquair (overnight Innerleithen) 12 miles / 19.5 km
3
Day 3 Traquair to Melrose 17.5 miles / 28 km
4
Day 4 Melrose to Lauder 10 miles / 16 km
5
Day 5 Lauder to Longformacus (overnight Duns) 15 miles / 24 km
6
Day 6 Longformacus to Cockburnspath (overnight Dunbar) 18 miles / 29 km
Depart Onward travel from Dunbar

Prices

Standard
Good quality B&Bs, Guest Houses & Hotels
£665 per person

Good quality and comfortable B&Bs, guest houses and some hotels located as close to the trail as possible. We will prioritise en-suite facilities or a private bathroom, although in remote areas with limited accommodation this may not always be possible.

Southern Upland Way Accommodation

All of the accommodation that we reserve for you has been personally selected by our expert team to ensure it meets our exacting standards. We regularly review our extensive database.

We will always prioritise accommodation as close to the walking trail as possible. Occasionally, your accommodation may be located a short distance from the trail, or you may need to spend more than one night in the same place, in which case we will provide return transfers.

Travel Information

As an environmentally conscious tour operator we actively encourage the use of public transport by providing clients with a detailed breakdown of travel options in their information packs. The following information may help with your pre-trip planning.

Getting to Portpatrick
By Air

Nearest International Airports: Glasgow International Airport and Edinburgh Airport.

An airport shuttle bus operates between Glasgow International Airport and Glasgow city centre (journey time 25 min). There is also a regular airport bus shuttle service between Edinburgh Airport and Glasgow (journey time 55 min). From here you can travel to Stranraer by train (journey time 2 hours 40 min) and onwards to Portpatrick by bus or taxi.

By Public Transport

Nearest Railway Station: Stranraer Station.

A frequent train service operates from Glasgow Central Station to Stranraer (journey time 2 hours 40 min). Stranraer is located 7 miles from Portpatrick. You may wish to take a local taxi to Portpatrick, which will cost approximately £10. Alternatively, there is a bus service to Portpatrick operated by DGC Buses (journey time 20 min).

The journey from London Euston to Glasgow Central Station takes approximately 5 hours.

By Car

We can advise you about parking options when you make your enquiry.

Departing Dunbar
By Air

Nearest International Airports: Glasgow International Airport and Edinburgh Airport.

There are regular train services from Dunbar to Edinburgh (journey time 1 hours 30 min) and onward to Glasgow (via Edinburgh – journey time 50 min). An airport shuttle bus runs from Edinburgh city centre to Edinburgh Airport (journey time 30 min). From Glasgow city centre to Glasgow Airport the shuttle bus takes 25 min.

By Public Transport

Nearest Railway Station: Dunbar Station.

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). From Edinburgh you can connect with a train to Glasgow (journey time 50 min).

By Car

We can advise you about parking options when you make your enquiry.

Additional Days

We would be delighted to arrange additional accommodation 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 – we’ve made some suggestions below. Please request this when you make an enquiry.

Portpatrick
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  • 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
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  • 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
Sanquhar
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  • 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
Moffat
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  • 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
Melrose
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  • 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 – home of Sir Walter Scott 
  • Visit the Three Hills Roman Heritage Centre and learn about the Scottish Borders’ Roman heritage
Dunbar
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  • Visit John Muir’s Birthplace, an interpretative centre which explores the work and achievements of this remarkable man. Learn more about the life and work of this pioneering conservationist which has inspired people all over the world
  • Play a round of golf at a classic links golf course
  • Visit the ruins of Dunbar Castle overlooking Dunbar’s three harbours, still host to a small fishing fleet

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Southern Upland Way

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