Paths, parks and countryside areas

Southern Upland Way

  • Start point: Portpatrick
  • End point: Cockburnspath
  • Distance or area: 212 miles (340km)
  • Type: Scotlands Great Trails
  • Location: Southern Scotland

Welcome to Scotland’s only official coast-to-coast long distance path. It runs right across the country from the shores of the Atlantic Ocean at Portpatrick in Dumfries and Galloway to the North Sea at Cockburnspath in the Scottish Borders and is the undisputed giant of Scotland’s Great Trails.

More information:www.southernuplandway.gov.uk

Cross Borders Drove Road

  • Start point: Little Vantage
  • End point: Hawick
  • Distance or area: 52 miles (83km)
  • Type: Scotlands Great Trails
  • Location: Southern Scotland

As the name suggests, cattle and sheep were once driven along this route, but they have since been replaced by walkers, cyclists and horse riders making their way south from West Lothian to the Scottish Borders.

More information:www.southofscotlandcountrysidetrails.co.uk

Clyde Walkway

  • Start point: Patrick, Glasgow
  • End point: New Lanark UNESCO World Heritage Site
  • Distance or area: 40 miles (65km)
  • Type: Scotlands Great Trails
  • Location: Southern Scotland

This route begins in the heart of Glasgow and ends at the former cotton mill village and now UNESCO World Heritage Site of New Lanark, giving an insight into the industrial heritage of the Clyde Valley while taking in natural delights including wooded gorges and the ‘Falls of Clyde’.

More information:www.visitlanarkshire.com

Cateran Trail

  • Start point: Blairgowrie (circular route)
  • Distance or area: 64 miles (103 km)
  • Type: Scotlands Great Trails
  • Location: Central Scotland

Taking its name from cattle thieves and marauders who roamed the area from the Middle Ages to the 17th century, the lasso-shaped Cateran Trail is a relatively gentle route blessed with peaceful glens and mountain views which also takes in expansive moorland and farmland and forest.

More information:www.caterantrail.org

Borders Abbeys Way

  • Start point: Circular route taking in the border towns of Jedburgh, Hawick, Selkirk, Melrose and Kelso
  • Distance or area: 68 miles (109km)
  • Type: Scotlands Great Trails
  • Location: Southern Scotland

The magnificent ruined abbeys are the draw of this route which links historic border towns and villages and takes walkers across varied terrain from roads to tracks and farm fields, riverside paths to forest rides and old railway lines to old drove roads.

More information:www.bordersabbeysway.com