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Thistle within hexagonSouthern Upland Way

338 km / 210 miles

Dumfries & Galloway, Borders, S Lanark
One of the original four officially designated Long Distance Routes in Scotland, and now one of the family of Scotland's Great Trails, it 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).


Details:

Path Type
Scotland's Great Trails
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Waymark
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Attributes
Coast-to-Coast; Moorland; Literary
Start
NX000542 - Portpatrick, Dumfries & Galloway
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Finish
NT774710 - Cockburnspath, Borders
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Open Date
1984

Publications, Badges and Certificates:

Certificate
Certificate for National Trails (Long Distance Walkers Association - 2009)
Paperback
Southern Upland Way: Official Guide (Mercat Press - 2005)
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Paperback
Booklet
Leaflet
Southern Upland Way (Dumfries and Galloway Council)
Leaflet
Southern Upland Way: Accommodation List (Dumfries and Galloway Council - Annual)
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 2016.
© OpenStreetMap contributors under Open Database Licence.
Rights of way data from selected Local Authorities.
Large scale digital mapping is provided by John Thorn.
At high zoom levels the route is indicative only.
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Digital Maps:
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Southern Upland Way (Anquet Maps - 2009)

Walking Support Providers:

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Baggage Handling and Self Guided Walks (Celtic Trails Walking Holidays)
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Baggage Handling and Self-Guided Walks (Southern Upland Way Holidays)
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Accommodation within 5 Km of this Path:

 
 
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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