Southern Uplands

Description

The sparsely populated southern part of Scotland is located south of the line Edinburgh - Prestwick and north of the English border. In this empty space, quite a few long distance trails are laid out. The most important of them is the Southern Upland Way, traversing the entire distance from coast to coast. The mountains may be not as high as in the Highlands, they are wild and remote nevertheless.

Opinions

Rate 9.0 | 1 vote | No 3. in United Kingdom
  • Aaron Barnes
  • Rate 9
  • Positive A much neglected part of Scotland, usually only travelled through by those heading much further North. An area that has few walkers while containing some very fine routes indeed. While not as rugged and spectacular as the Highlands, the area certainly has its attractions with plenty going on at the major centres. 5 long distance routes exist here, including the only official coast to coast!
  • Negative The area is really the beating heart of the timber industry in Scotland, great if you like conifers! Forestry Commision land however is open to the public and is a great amenity for all oudoor enthusiasts. Much of Southern Scotland, especially in the M74 corridor, is being taken over by wind farms, changing the landscapes for ever. The issue is emotive, but there is a need for green energy.
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Photo Albums

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Trails in this region

Books

Cicerone Press
United Kingdom
2018
  • The Southern Upland Way
  • Guidebook to the Southern Upland Way, a coast to coast walk through Galloway and the Scottish Borders. One of Scotland's Great Trails, the 347km (215 mile) route links Portpatrick on the west coast to Cockburnspath on the east, through diverse landscapes and rich natural and historical interest. It can be completed in around a fortnight. Read more
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The Book Depository
United Kingdom
2018
De Zwerver
Netherlands
2018
  • Wandelgids The Southern Upland Way | Cicerone
  • Guidebook to the Southern Upland Way, a coast to coast walk through Galloway and the Scottish Borders. One of Scotland's Great Trails, the 347km (215 mile) route links Portpatrick on the west coast to Cockburnspath on the east, through diverse landscapes and rich natural and historical interest. It can be completed in around a fortnight. Read more
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Cicerone Press
United Kingdom
2012
  • Walking the Corbetts Vol 1 South of the Great Glen
  • Walking the Corbetts describes routes up all 112 Scottish Corbetts (Scotland's 2500-2999ft mountains) south of the Great Glen, covering the Southern Uplands, Southern Highlands, Cairngorms, Jura and Arran. These Scottish hills are every bit as interesting as the Munros, and often clear when the Munros are in cloud. Part of a 2-volume set. Read more
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Stanfords
United Kingdom
2012
  • Corbetts Walking Vol 1: South of the Great Glen
  • Walking the Corbetts Volume 1: South of the Great Glen guide from Cicerone Press describes in 95 routes the most interesting ascents of the 112 peaks south of the Fort William - Loch Ness - Inverness line, including the Southern Highlands, Southern Uplands and the islands of Jura and Arran.The Corbetts are Scottish mountains between 2500 and... Read more
The Book Depository
United Kingdom
2012
  • Walking the Corbetts Vol 1 South of the Great Glen
  • Walking the Corbetts describes routes up all 112 Scottish Corbetts (Scotland's 2500-2999ft mountains) south of the Great Glen, covering the Southern Uplands, Southern Highlands, Cairngorms, Jura and Arran. These Scottish hills are every bit as interesting as the Munros, and often clear when the Munros are in cloud. Read more
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Cicerone Press
United Kingdom
2019
  • The Borders Abbeys Way
  • Guidebook to the Borders Abbeys Way, a 68 mile circuit in the Scottish Borders, taking in 4 of Britain's grandest ruined medieval abbeys. Beginning and ending in Tweedbank, the route, which is described over 6 stages, is as rich in history as it is in pastoral charm. Relatively flat, it is suitable for people with a moderate level of fitness. Read more
Cicerone Press
United Kingdom
2015
  • Walking in the Southern Uplands
  • Guidebook to 44 varied day walks and over 100 summits in the Southern Uplands of Scotland, stretching south-west from Edinburgh to the English border, including the Galloway and Pentland Hills. Between 2 and 29km, there is something for all seasons and all abilities in remote and rugged hill country. Read more
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Stanfords
United Kingdom
2015
  • Southern Uplands Walking: 44 Best Hill Days in Southern Scotland
  • This guidebook describes 44 routes and over 100 summits stretching across the Southern Uplands of Scotland, stretching south-west from Edinburgh to the English border, including the Galloway and Pentland Hills. The walks range between 2 and 29km, suitable for walkers of all abilities. The Scottish Southern Uplands is a range that is about as... Read more
The Book Depository
United Kingdom
2015
De Zwerver
Netherlands
2015
  • Wandelgids Walking in the Southern Uplands | Cicerone
  • Guidebook to 44 varied day walks and over 100 summits in the Southern Uplands of Scotland, stretching south-west from Edinburgh to the English border, including the Galloway and Pentland Hills. Between 2 and 29km, there is something for all seasons and all abilities in remote and rugged hill country. Read more
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Stanfords
United Kingdom
  • Pilgrimage: The Great Pilgrim Routes of Britain and Europe
  • Shortlisted for a 2018 Edward Stanford Travel Writing Award.Ten historic pilgrim routes of Western Europe, inspiration for today`s long distance walker. Pilgrimage in Europe is thriving on a massive scale. In 1990 the cathedral at Santiago de Compostela recorded less than 5000 pilgrims: today that figure is at least 200,000 a year. Author Derry... Read more
Stanfords
United Kingdom
  • Dorking, Reigate, Crawley & Horsham OS Landranger Active Map 187 (waterproof)
  • Dorking and Reigate area, including a section of the North Downs Way / E2 European Long-distance Path, on a waterproof and tear-resistant OS Active version of map No. 187 from the Ordnance Survey’s Landranger series at 1:50,000, with contoured and GPS compatible topographic mapping plus tourist information.MOBILE DOWNLOADS: As well as the... Read more
Stanfords
United Kingdom
Stanfords
United Kingdom
Stanfords
United Kingdom
  • Oxford, Chipping Norton & Bicester OS Landranger Active Map 164 (waterproof)
  • Oxford area, including sections of the Thames Path and the E2 European Long-distance Path, on a waterproof and tear-resistant OS Active version of map No. 164 from the Ordnance Survey’s Landranger series at 1:50,000, with contoured and GPS compatible topographic mapping plus tourist information.MOBILE DOWNLOADS: As well as the physical edition... Read more
Stanfords
United Kingdom
  • Colchester, Halstead & Maldon OS Landranger Active Map 168 (waterproof)
  • Colchester, Halstead and Maldon area, including part of the E2 European Long-distance Path, on a waterproof and tear-resistant OS Active version of map No. 168 from the Ordnance Survey’s Landranger series at 1:50,000, with contoured and GPS compatible topographic mapping plus tourist information.MOBILE DOWNLOADS: As well as the physical edition... Read more
Stanfords
United Kingdom
Stanfords
United Kingdom
  • Birmingham, Wolverhampton & The Black Country OS Landranger Map 139 (paper)
  • Birmingham with the surrounding area including the Black Country, Wolverhampton, Walsall, Solihull, Stourbridge, Bromsgrove and a section of the E2 European Long-distance Path on a paper version of map No. 139 from the Ordnance Survey’s Landranger series at 1:50,000, with contoured and GPS compatible topographic mapping plus tourist... Read more
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Stanfords
United Kingdom
  • Reading & Windsor - Henley-on-Thames & Bracknell OS Landranger Map 175 (paper)
  • Reading – Windsor area, including a section of the Thames Path / E2 European Long-distance Path, on a paper version of map No. 175 from the Ordnance Survey’s Landranger series at 1:50,000, with contoured and GPS compatible topographic mapping plus tourist information.MOBILE DOWNLOADS: As well as the physical edition of the map, each Landranger... Read more
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Maps

Stanfords
United Kingdom
  • Luxembourg North
  • One of two topographic survey maps of Luxembourg at 1:50,000, with contours at 10-metres intervals and additional relief shading. An overprint highlights long-distance footpaths, including the GR5 (E-2), cycle routes, and various places of interest, including campsites. The map covers an area of approximately 53 x 43 km / 33 x 27 miles. Map... Read more
Stanfords
United Kingdom
  • Luxembourg South
  • One of two topographic survey maps of Luxembourg at 1:50,000, with contours at 10-metres intervals and additional relief shading. An overprint highlights long-distance footpaths, including the GR5 (E-2), cycle routes, and various places of interest, including campsites. The map covers an area of approximately 53 x 43 km / 33 x 27 miles. Map... Read more
Ordnance Survey
United Kingdom
Ordnance Survey
United Kingdom
Ordnance Survey
United Kingdom
Ordnance Survey
United Kingdom
Ordnance Survey
United Kingdom
Ordnance Survey
United Kingdom
Ordnance Survey
United Kingdom
Ordnance Survey
United Kingdom
Ordnance Survey
United Kingdom
Ordnance Survey
United Kingdom
Stanfords
United Kingdom
2010
  • St Cuthbert`s Way
  • St Cuthbert`s Way, a 100km /62 miles trail from Melrose Abbey in the Scottish Borders to the Holy Island of Lindisfarne, presented by Rucksack Readers in handy A5 size, spiral-bound, waterproof guide with mapping at 1:100,000. Coverage includes a high-level option over the Cheviot Hills.The guide provides general advice on when to go,... Read more
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The Book Depository
United Kingdom
2010
Bol.com
Netherlands
2010
  • St Cuthbert's Way
  • Follow the footsteps of St Cuthbert in this easy-going walk of 62 miles (100 km) from Melrose Abbey in the Scottish borders to the Holy Island of Lindisfarne in the North Sea. The route passes many fine abbeys, hill forts and castles, includes a section of Roman road and finishes with the barefoot Pilgrims' Path across tidal sands. The walk can... Read more
Bol.com
Belgium
2010
  • St Cuthbert's Way
  • Follow the footsteps of St Cuthbert in this easy-going walk of 62 miles (100 km) from Melrose Abbey in the Scottish borders to the Holy Island of Lindisfarne in the North Sea. The route passes many fine abbeys, hill forts and castles, includes a section of Roman road and finishes with the barefoot Pilgrims' Path across tidal sands. The walk can... Read more
De Zwerver
Netherlands
2016
  • Wandelgids St. Cuthbert's Way | Rucksack Readers
  • St Cuthbert's Way, a 100km /62 miles trail from Melrose Abbey in the Scottish Borders to the Holy Island of Lindisfarne, presented by Rucksack Readers in handy A5 size, spiral-bound, waterproof guide with mapping at 1:100,000. Coverage includes a high-level option over the Cheviot Hills.The guide provides general advice on when to go,... Read more
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Ordnance Survey
United Kingdom
Ordnance Survey
United Kingdom
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Walking holidays

Macs Adventure
United Kingdom
  • St Cuthbert's Way Walking Holiday
  • A cross-border, self guided walking tour along St Cuthbert's Way. St Cuthbert’s Way is a historical self-guided walking tour through the Scottish Borders and Northumberland countryside. It finishes with a memorable walk across coastal flats to spectacular Holy Island, one of Europe’s most famous Christian sites. During your adventure, you will... Read more
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