The Southern Upland Way is a 215m (347km) well waymarked, coast to coast walking route starting in Portpatrick in the west via the hills of the Southern Upland Way to Cockburnspath in the east. This walk is designated as one of Scotland’s Great Trails by NatureScot. The landscape is rich and varied with a story that spans from the ice age to today. The flora and fauna you will encounter are worth researching beforehand to add to the experience. Finally, for the history lovers, don’t forget to look out for ruined abbeys; Wanlockhead, Scotland’s highest village; Traquair House, reportedly the oldest inhabited house in Scotland and Abbotsford House, the home of writer Sir Walter Scott. Something for everyone!
Although this trip is based on 2 people sharing, if you are a solo traveller, please contact us for further details and we will be happy to help. You will need full walking kit including waterproof jacket and trousers, a comfortable day sack and comfortable walking boots. You will receive a more detailed kit list upon booking. We take the stress out of your trip with expert local knowledge, hand-picked accommodation, luggage transfers and detailed support to help you find your way.
- 6 nights’ accommodation in good quality B&Bs or hotels with ensuite or private bathroom and breakfast
- Luggage transfers each walking day (1 x bag per person, max. weight limit 20kg)
- Map and guide book plus detailed directions to your accommodation from the trail
- Expert local knowledge and 24 hour emergency assistance during your trip
- Professional event organisation
- Travel to the start and finish points of the trip
- Lunches and evening meals
- Personal insurance (for cancellation, accident, health, emergency evacuation and loss, theft of or damage to baggage and personal effects)
- Guiding (please contact us if you would like this trip to be guided)
- Single room supplement £60 per person per night (subject to availability).
- Solo traveller supplement £60 per person per night
- Odd number group supplement £60 per group per night may apply if a single room is required.
- Extra night prior to the start (single room) £145 per person
- Extra night prior to the start (twin room, needs 2 people) £90 per person
- Extra night at the end of the event (single room) £145 per person
- Extra night at the end of the event (twin room, needs 2 people) £90 per person
Please select from Optional Extras at checkout.
Getting there and back
By road: The village of Beattock is on the M74, easily accessible from the north and south.
By public transport: There is a mainline station just south of Beattock at Lockerbie where there are also bus services to Beattock. Check traveline.info for the latest public transport information.
By air: The airports at Glasgow or Newcastle are serviced with good public transport to Beattock.
By road: From Cockburnspath, the A1 is close to destinations north or south.
By public transport: Buses run north to Dunbar and Edinburgh (airport) and south to Berwick on Tweed (mainline trains).
By air: There is access to Edinburgh or Newcastle airport by public transport.
Evening meals and lunches
You can purchase evening meals either at the accommodation or nearby. When our event planners send you the schedule with your itinerary you could prearrange directly with the accommodation or during the walk.
For lunches we would suggest bringing some of your own favourite snack bars and then asking the accommodation for a packed lunch for the following day and also supplementing that at stops en-route.
Accommodation is generally at B&B, guest houses and small hotels. Once booked in, your event planner will send you a list of your booked accommodation. It is possible to adjust according to preference at this stage so please mention it if you wish to change.
If you would like to bring your four legged friend, then we will do our best to source dog friendly accommodation. It is usually possible but if it were not, then we would suggest a change of date to enable it or offer a refund. There may be a small surcharge for the overnight stays. Therefore, once booked in, please alert your event planner that you would like to bring your dog and we can proceed from there.
Need a guide?
If you would prefer to have a guide for your walk, even just for one day, then we are happy to help. We can provide a qualified leader (also first aid qualified) to lead your trek or on just one of the sections. Just ask us.
A guide can not only take the stress out of navigation, but you will also find them a great asset in terms of providing an insight into all things environment and nature.
Dates and prices
For available dates please see the ‘book now’ option on the left hand side on desktops or at the bottom on mobiles. You can reserve your space via this route.
After you book
After placing your booking with us, you will in the first instance receive an automated email from our system confirming receipt of your reservation. If you don’t receive it, it is worth checking your spam/clutter folder.
In the process of placing your booking, you will generally set up an access password to our online gateway where you can review the details of the booking.
Your personal event planner will then be in touch with you to start to confirm the details. This contact will usually be taken up in the working day after receipt of your booking, but may, in busy times, take a little longer. The event planner will then liaise with you regarding the details of the course. If you have any specific requirements, please do mention it at this stage.
At the end of your trip
Unfortunately, all good things come to an end at some point and when you arrive at Cockburnspath, you have one of several options. If you have not booked an additional night’s stay in Cockburnspath, then we can transfer your luggage to a location of your choice. From there you may have onward travel arranged as per the ‘Getting There and Back’ tab above.
Some people like to treat themselves to a night’s stay in Cockburnspath at the end. And why not? You’ve earned it. You can arrange this as an optional add on with your event planner.