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Southern Upland Way (Western Section) – 8 Nights

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Southern Upland Way (Western Section) – 8 Nights

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The western section of this amazing coast to coast walk, takes you from Portpatrick in the Rhins across to Beattock in the Borders in 7 days. You cross some of the most varied and at times, challenging terrain from sea cliffs to loch side, and open moorland with forest trails. You will experience the rolling hills with the occasional fell, offering some breathtaking views – worth the climb! A great achievement to complete this section.

Please be aware that following the Way in good conditions is generally straightforward but does require some skills in map reading and compass work.

Quick Facts

  • 8 nights’ accommodation
  • 7 days’ walking
  • Luggage transfers each walking day
  • Map and guidebook plus detailed directions to your accommodation from the trail
  • Expert local knowledge and 24-hour emergency assistance during your trip
  • 121 miles (194km) and 4500m (15,100ft) of ascent
  • The walk takes you across the lines of the hills
  • Varied walking with a mix of wild nature and human history

About & Details

The Southern Upland Way is a 215m (347km) well waymarked, coast to coast walking route starting in Port Patrick 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.

Inclusions

  • 8 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
Exclusions
  • 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)

Optional extras

  • Single room supplement £75 per person per night (subject to availability).
  • Solo traveller supplement £75 per person per night
  • Odd number group supplement £75 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

Getting There

By road: Portpatrick is accessed via the A75, which leaves the A74/M74 north of Carlisle. From Stranraer take the A77 or a minor road across the Rhins to Portpatrick.

By public transport:
There are train and long-distance coach services several times a day to Stranraer. Check traveline.info for the latest public transport information.

By air:
The nearest airport is Glasgow, which has trains to Stranraer.

Getting Away

By road: From Beattock/Moffat, take the M74 to destinations north or south.

By public transport:
Buses run to Lockerbie where you can pick up mainline trains.

By air:
There is access to Glasgow 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

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.

Dog-friendly

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 Beattock, you have one of several options. If you have not booked an additional night’s stay in Beattock 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 Beattock at the end. And why not? You’ve earned it.  You can arrange this as an optional add on with your event planner.

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Itinerary

  • Day 1 - Arrive in Portpatrick

    Arrive at your accommodation in Portpatrick.

  • Day 2 – Portpatrick to Castle Kennedy

    A gentle coastal path starts your adventure, you will meander along cliff tops, visit small coves and beaches before heading inland at the lighthouse of Killantringan. Soon the landscape starts to open up and you experience the wildness of Broad Moor. Bypassing Stranraer, narrow lanes and tracks take you into Castle Kennedy and your accommodation.

    21.9km (13.6m), 350m (1200ft) of ascent

  • Day 3 – Castle Kennedy to New Luce

    Leaving Castle Kennedy, you follow trails through woodland beside White Loch and Black Loch before coming to the edge of the stark Airyolland Moss. Crossing the Water of Luce, you come to the moorland of Kilhern Moss, which is just as barren. You leave the trail to descend into New Luce for tonight’s accommodation.

    15km (9.3 miles), 300m (900ft) of ascent

  • Day 4 – New Luce to Bargrennan

    Today will be a long walk with lots of interesting sights, to help you on the way. On leaving New Luce, look out for the Loups of Barnhangan waterfall on the Cross Water of Luce. You start to climb into the hills where you will see Beehive Bothy and the prehistoric standing stones of Laggangarn. You will cross the 1000ft (304.8m) contour line for the first time as you reach the summit of Craig Airie. You will get a magnificent view of the distant Galloway Hills which is where you are heading. Be warned, you won’t see a road for about 23km. (14.3 miles). Continue onwards to Bargrennan where you will find your accommodation.

    28.8km (17.9 miles), 450m (1500ft) of ascent

  • Day 5 – Bargrennan to Craigenbay (Pick up point 1)

    Lochs, woodland and open moorland await you today. You start in the woodland, following the River Cree, before turning to follow the Water of Minnoch and finally the Water of Trool. As you reach the end of Loch Trool, a mountainous vista welcomes you. Welcome to the Galloway Hills. A steep climb lies ahead up to Loch Dee. From here it is woodland trail walking to Craigenbay, passing the reservoir of Loch Clatteringshaws, to be collected for your overnight stay.

    28.7km (17.8 miles), 600m (2000ft) of ascent

  • Day 6 - Craigenbay to Stroanpatrick (Pick up point 2)

    Your taxi will return you to where you finished your walk yesterday.

    The climb over Low Benbrack is your starting point today, before heading out into the mountains and all their splendour. From Waterside Hill, you get a really good view of St John’s Town of Dalry, which you pass through before embarking on the last leg to Stroanpatrick, where you will be collected for your overnight stay.

    25.2km (15.7 miles), 550m (1900ft) of ascent

  • Day 7 – Stroanpatrick to Sanquhar

    Your taxi will return you to where you finished your walk yesterday.

    Today will probably be the most challenging walk of the Southern Upland Way. Make sure you take extra provisions as the way ahead is very remote. You will summit Benbrack at 580m (1902ft) with the Striding Arch sculpture. Look out for more sculptures as you traverse this area. The paths are mainly good and there are lots of opportunities to take in the spectacular 360⁰ views. You are back to civilization as you reach the village of Ulzieside and on to Sanquhar where you will spend the evening.

    29.2km (18.1 miles), 700m (2300ft) of ascent

  • Day 8 - Sanquhar to Overfingland, Dalveen Pass (Pick up point 3)

    It’s a relatively easy start to your days walking with the Way taking you over the lower, rolling hills of the Lowther Range with steep sided valleys before descending Glengaber into the Wanlock valley and on to Wanlockhead, famous for its lead mining industry. From here it is a steep climb to the summit of Lowther Hill at 712m (2335ft), followed by Cold Moss 628m (2060ft), Comb Head 609m (1998ft) and on to Laght Hill 507m (1663ft) before dropping down onto the A702 at Overfingland. Your taxi will be here to take you to your overnight accommodation.

    21km (13 miles), 1000m (3400ft) of ascent

  • Day 9 - Overfingland, Dalveen Pass to Beattock/Moffat

    Your taxi will return you to where your walk finished yesterday.

    After the exciting walk of yesterday, today’s walk might feel a bit ‘uninspiring’ but you will bag the summit of Sweetshaw Brae at 448m (1469ft), which overlooks the vast Daer Reservoir and witness some good views back to the Lowther Hills before trekking through the forestry plantations into Beattock. This is where this section of your adventure finishes, unless you have booked accommodation for an extra night with us. Safe onward travel and well done!

    24.2km (15 miles) + Moffat 2.1km (1.3 miles), 550m (1900ft) of ascent

Please note: This itinerary is a guide only. Timings and mileages are approximate.

We will always endeavour to accommodate you in the locations detailed in the above itinerary. Due to very high demand, some accommodation providers may occasionally have limited availability and so we may need to accommodate you in an alternative location, nearby. In this case, we will arrange a taxi transfer for you to take you from the trail to your accommodation and back again the following morning. An additional charge may be payable. We will notify you of this when confirming your booking.

Why book with us

We know you have a choice of companies providing trips for your next adventures. Here are some of the reasons you should choose to travel with Maximum Adventure:

  • We are an established adventure travel business
  • We have been trading since 2002
  • We are financially protected in accordance with the 1992 travel regulation
  • Knowledgeable and available office staff
  • Qualified leaders and guides with ascents ranging from Ben Nevis to Mount Everest
  • All activities are risk assessed
  • We will provide you with the best service available
  • We are aware this is your holiday/your challenge and will do our best to make it an enjoyable and rewarding experience
  • We have many repeat clients stretching back over a number of years
20+ years adventure organisation experience
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Leading provider of high quality adventure challenges
Great team of staff to support you

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