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Thistle within hexagonSouthern Upland Way

338 km / 210 miles

Dumfries & Galloway, Borders, S Lanark
This official Long Distance Route provides a coast-to-coast traverse of southern Scotland by a varied path through sparsely populated terrain, generally avoiding the high tops. Across the Rhinns of Galloway and into Glen Trool Forest Park, passing below the Merrick (843m) it heads to Sanquhar, then, via the open, heather-clad Lowther Hills, it reaches St Mary's Loch near Broad Law. From here the Way passes through Melrose (where it can be linked with the St Cuthbert's Way), Lauder and over the foothills of the Lammermuir Hills to reach the east coast.

The route's website has extensive supporting information and leaflets for download.

The section between Moffat in South Central Scotland to Cockburnspath on the South East Scottish Coastline is promoted as the Sir Walter Scott Way, almost entirely coincident with the Southern Upland Way. This has been designed as a shorter option to add some additional literary interest to the longer route. Scott took inspiration from this countryside and it was where he spent much of his life.

West from Melrose, where the St Cuthbert's Way joins, the route is part of the E2 E-Route. See also E-Routes (E2).

The reference in the 2009 Trailwalker Handbook to the route passing over the Merrick top is incorrect.

See also E-Routes (E2).


Path Type: Scotland's Great Trails
Waymark: Thistle within hexagon Waymark: Thistle within hexagon
Attributes: Coast-to-Coast; Moorland; Literary
NX000542 - Portpatrick, Dumfries and Galloway
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NT774710 - Cockburnspath, Borders
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Open Date: 1984
Web Sites: Dumfries and Galloway Council - Southern Upland Way
  National Trail Guides UK - Southern Upland Way
  Walkhighlands - Southern Upland Way

Publications, Badges and Certificates:

Certificate: Certificate for National Trails (Long Distance Walkers Association - 2009)
Paperback: Southern Upland Way: Scotland's Coast to Coast Trail (Cicerone Guide) (Cicerone Press - 2007)
Paperback: Southern Upland Way: Official Guide (Mercat Press - 2005)
Paperback: Southern Upland Way: Recreational Path Guides (Aurum Press - 1997)
Paperback: Southern Upland Way & St Cuthbert's Way (Mike Salter - 2007)
Booklet: Short Walks on the Eastern Section of the Southern Upland Way (Scottish Borders Tourist Board)
Leaflet: Southern Upland Way (Dumfries and Galloway Council)
Leaflet: Southern Upland Way: Accommodation List (Dumfries and Galloway Council - Annual)
Leaflets: Southern Upland Way: Wildlife Guide - various wildlife/history/trees/geology etc (Dumfries and Galloway Council - 2007)
Leaflet: Southern Upland Wayfarer (Famedram Publishing Ltd - Annual)
Booklet: Writing the Way (Dumfries and Galloway Council)
Certificate: Certificate for Southern Upland Way (Dumfries and Galloway Council)

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  Contains Ordnance Survey data © Crown copyright and database right 2011.
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Purchase Ordnance Survey Maps (path is named on OS maps):
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Digital Maps:
Downloadable Digital Mapping: Southern Upland Way (Anquet Maps - 2009)

Walking Support Providers:

Support Providers: Baggage Handling and Self-Guided Walks (Southern Upland Way)
Support Providers: Baggage Handling and Self-Guided Walks (Walking Support)
Support Providers: Self-Guided Walking Holidays (Make Tracks Walking Holidays)
Support Providers: Self-Guided Walking Holidays (Celtic Trails Walking Holidays)

Accommodation within 5 Km of this Path:

From Path Along Path
Hostel Accommodation: Kendoon YHA, Near Dalry, Castle Douglas 2 Km 111 Km
Hostel Accommodation: Well Road Centre, Moffat 2 Km 193 Km
Hostel Accommodation: Broadmeadows YHA, Yarrowford, Selkirk 2 Km 252 Km
Hostel Accommodation: Melrose YHA, Melrose, Roxburghshire < 1 Km 269 Km
Hostel Accommodation: Melrose YHA, Priorwood, Melrose < 1 Km 269 Km

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Connected Paths:

Path Highlights: Southern Upland Way Highlights
E Routes: E-Route 2 UK Section - Kirk Yetholm to Stranraer
Scotland's Great Trails: Annandale Way; Ayrshire Coastal Path; Berwickshire Coastal Path; Borders Abbeys Way; Cross Borders Drove Road; Mull of Galloway Trail; Romans and Reivers Route; St Cuthbert's Way
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Paths Marked on OS mapping: John Muir Link
Significant un-waymarked paths: Central Scottish Way
Other Paths: Gala Circuit; John Buchan Way; Loch Ryan Coastal Path; North Sea Trail (British North East Coast Section); Roman Heritage Way; Sir Walter Scott Way; St. Wilfrid's Way
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Route Profile:

337.6 Km (209.8 miles)
8,720 m (28,609 ft) ascent
712 m (2,336 ft)  maximum height