Links with: Mull of Galloway Trail, Romans & Reivers Route, Annandale Way, Cross Borders Drove Road, Borders Abbeys Way, St Cuthbert's Way, Berwickshire Coastal Path, John Muir Way
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.
Careful planning and experience is essential for those who intend to tackle the entire route - which takes on average 12 to 16 days to complete – as there are remote and challenging sections but those who do will be richly rewarded with a huge sense of achievement.
Named after the Southern Uplands through which it passes, the route features plenty of hill walking with over 80 summits above 2000ft. There are also areas of open moorland and forest as it traverses the country as well as cliff-top walking along the coast to enjoy at each end of this epic walk.
Thanks to its length the Southern Upland Way also connects with a number of other Scotland's Great Trails in the south of the country.
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