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.


Get in


Portpatrick to Castle Kennedy

Castle Kennedy to Bargrennan

Bargrennan to St John's Town of Dalry

Dalry to Sanquhar

Sanquhar to Wanlockhead

Wanlockhead to Beattock

Beattock to St Mary's Loch

St Mary's Loch to Traquair

Traquair to Lauder

Lauder to Cockburnspath


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

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

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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