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Southern Upland Way

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Southern Upland Way

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The Southern Upland Way is an offical long-distance walking trail in Scotland.[1]


The Way is a waymarked route stretching 212 miles (340 km) coast-to-coast across Scotland, from Portpatrick in the extreme south-west of Scotland to Cockburnspath on Scotland's North Sea coast, south of Edinburgh.

It is a much more demanding route than the popular West Highland Way, since it is longer, crosses the grain of the land with much up-and-down, and visits very remote areas which lack accommodation and amenities thus forcing the walker to carry plenty of kit and provisions.


Alan Castle has written a useful guide to the Southern Upland Way, described in 13 stages.

Get in[edit]


Portpatrick to Castle Kennedy[edit]

Castle Kennedy to Bargrennan[edit]

Bargrennan to St John's Town of Dalry[edit]

Dalry to Sanquhar[edit]

Sanquhar to Wanlockhead[edit]

Wanlockhead to Beattock[edit]

Beattock to St Mary's Loch[edit]

St Mary's Loch to Traquair[edit]

Traquair to Lauder[edit]

Lauder to Cockburnspath[edit]

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Waymerks are small metal tokens concealed in thirteen "kists" hidden along the route as part of a sculpture project. Walkers are invited to keep their eyes peeled for the kists, and may help themselves to a waymerk if they find where they are hidden. Waymerks may be made of lead or copper, or you may be lucky and find one made of silver.

Stay safe[edit]

You're often walking all day on forest paths and may not see anyone on this quiet route. Mobile phone coverage, however, is fairly good since you are not among mountains which would block the signal.

Get out[edit]

Cockburnspath is not served by rail, the nearest station is at Berwick-upon-Tweed, which is on the East Coast Mainline from London to Edinburgh. There is a local bus service to Berwick.

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