Southern Upland Way

Southern Upland Way

Infobox Hiking trail
Name=Southern Upland Way
Location=Southern Scotland, United Kingdom
Designation=Long Distance Route
Start/End Points=Portpatrick Cockburnspath
Use=Hiking, horse riding, cycling
Season=All year
Opened in 1984, the Southern Upland Way is a convert|212|mi|km coast to coast walk in Scotland between Portpatrick in the west and Cockburnspath in the east.

The path visits Castle Kennedy, New Luce, Bargrennan, St John's Town of Dalry, Sanquhar, Wanlockhead, Beattock, St Mary's Loch, Traquair, Galashiels, Lauder and Longformacus en route.

John Dippie's Well

Deep in the Lammermuir Hills, near Longformacus and adjacent to the Way is John Dippie's Well. The well is marked by a carved stone "headstone" which tells that there is no sweeter water in the Lammermuir Hills. John Dippie was a gamekeeper and the reason the water was so sweet was that he added some whisky to it before the thirsty shooting parties slaked their thirsts. The "headstone" marks their appreciation.


* "The Southern Upland Way", Alan Castle. Cicerone 2007 ISBN 978 1 85284 409 7
* The Southern Upland Way, Official Guide, by Roger Smith, (ISBN 0-11-495170-5)
* Writing the Way - A collection of Journeys along the Southern Upland Way, published to commemorate the 21st anniversary of the route in 2005, available from the Southern Uplands Partnership or from

External links

* [ Official Site]
* [ Walking the Southern Upland Way]
* [ Information on the Southern Upland Way]
* [ 21st Anniversary portal for information about the route]
* [ A personal journal of walking the Southern Upland Way with photos and panoramas]

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