Southern Upland Way Long Distance Path Directory

The beautiful remote Southern Uplands
The beautiful remote Southern Uplands

The Southern Upland Way is Scotland's Coast to Coast walk. At 212 miles it is a demanding long distance footpath, the recommended time to complete being 15 days. The route offers superb and varied walking from walking alongside rivers and lochs to climbing over a mountain pass. There are many interesting places to visit on the walk like Castle Kennedy, Traquair House and Melrose Abbey. The Way, if attempted as a complete route, provides a real challenge for the experienced walker. Many sections, taken as smaller units, provide ideal walking opportunities for families and the less ambitious walker.

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The best web sites for General Information and Planning:
Southern Upland Way This is the government's official dedicated web site for the walk and it provides detailed information on the walk with each stage reviewed. It also provides a full range of services for planning your walk.
About Scotland Useful site with lots of information on the walk.
The best web sites for Guided Walking:
Southern Upland Way Holidays This web site provides detailed information on the walk and it provides a full range of services for planning your walk.
The web sites that organise accommodation and/ or baggage transfer:
Absolute Escapes specialists in self-guided walking holidays on the Southern Upland Way including carefully selected accommodation and door-to-door bag transfers
Walking Support Walking Support offer walkers independent advice, planning, booking, luggage transfer and support transport for self led and guided walks, or any combination of these services that is required by the walker. They cover the Southern Upland Way comprehensively as well as other Scottish and Borders long distance trails.
Make Tracks Full range of walking services provided for the Southern Upland Way.
Celtic Trail Full assistance service in planning the walk.
The best web sites for you to plan your accommodation:
S H Systems Excellent range of accommodation. Just type in the location to bring up a list of accommodation in the area. You can sort by price, postcode or rating.
Southern Upland Way  The most complete web listing of accommodation for the walk.
The best personal journals of the walk:
Patrick von Noort A good daily journal of the walk. Patrick also adds useful information.
Phil Andrews A journal of the walk with each individual stage described.
George Tod Excellent journal with lots of supplementary advice on planning, etc.
The essential sites for safety advice and emergency services:
Ramblers Association Practical walking advice on keeping safe including a guide to map reading, navigation and a detailed list of the essential gear required on a long distance walk.
Mountain Rescue UK You may need them so take their advice.
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