Frequently Asked Questions
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What ACCOMMODATION provision is there along the length of the
Are DOGS allowed or suitable for the Way?
What level of FITNESS is required?
What is the LENGTH of the route?
What MAPS are available for navigation the route?
Are MOUTAIN BIKES suitable for the route?
What is the TRANSPORT provision at either end of the Way?
The way has been divided into six sections. The
starting and stopping points are where accommodation provision is
available. On certain stages the choice is limited due to the smallness
of the end community.
For details on the accommodation providers who are advertising
their hostels, B&B, guest house or hotel provision link to our
Services for Walkers section. Alternatively
you may want to use the services of a booking
The points where accommodation is restricted are at the end of the
first day at Tibbie Shiels or Scableuch, Longformacus and Cockburnspath.
We are not presently aware of any sections where dogs under close
supervision are prohibitied, but we would point out that for very
large parts of the Way the route is through fields, moorland and hills
where livestock are prevalent. At many boundaries and stiles there are
notice to ask owners to put their dog on the lead. We would ask all
dog owners to recognise the responsibility of controlling their animal
and especially at times of lambing and calfing. In addition many of
the moors are used for shooting, and pets must not disturb the young
Before planning a walk with your dog you need also check on the
availability of overnight accommodation where dogs are accepted.
This route is subject to mainly walking on hill and moorland paths
with relatively little hard tracks. There is considerable inclines to
ascend and descend and especially so in the earlier parts of the walk.
Some section are relatively long if walking from accommodation point
to accommodation point. We therefore suggest that the walker needs to
have undertaken this form of continuous walk before and has been in
some form of training for the expedition. It should not however be too
demanding for anyone who is relatively active, regardless of age.
The complete length is 148Km / 92 miles. The six sections are not
evenly split resulting in the shortest being 21Km / 13 miles and the
longest 32.5Km / 20 miles. For detail on all section link to
The outline on the website is not sufficient in terms of navigation
along the route. There are either O/S maps that can be used or
Southern Upland Way guide books where the Eaastern section will provide
you with the detail needed with the exception of two short sections.
For Map numbers and guide details link to the
Click as appropriate for the route out of
Moffat and the route around
This Way in total is not designed for the use of bikes.
There are certain sections where Bike can be seen and are welcomed
by the landowner, but many more where the use of bikes is not welcome.
In addition parts of the route are certainly not safe for the mountain
bike based on narrow and sometimes very rough ground.
Access to both ends of the Way is available using public
transport in the form of the Bus. There are also rail links close to
the end points with linking bus or taxi services. For fuller details on
public transport line to the websites
There are no routes that directly link the start and end points and
this requires a transfer via Edinburgh or Glasgow. Neither are there
many intermediate points connected by public transport, the only sure
way being by pre-booked private hire.
Over 90% of the route is Waymarked using the Thistle Sign of the
Southern Upland Way. This signage is first reached at Dumcrieff Bridge to the
south of Moffat. At Galashiels the way leaves the markers on its way to
Abbotsford House regaining the Thistle markers just above Lowood
Bridge on the way to Melrose. From this point on the route is again
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