Southern Upland Way

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Andrew Bowden

The Southern Upland Way is an official long-distance walking trail in Scotland.
Andrew Bowden
Andrew Bowden
The Way is a waymarked route stretching 212 miles 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.
The route could be walked in either direction, but most guides including this one go from West to East. This means that he prevailing wind is usually on your back and you are not walking into the setting evening sun.