Wanlockhead to Beattock

This is another long and arduous section that only experienced walkers should attempt to complete in a day. Again it can be split into shorter sections by using vehicle support to take you to nearby B&Bs. There is also a bothy that can be used to break the section.
The ground over the tops can be soft and certain areas should be avoided by cyclists and horse riders.

Leaving Wanlockhead it is a steep climb up to the summit of Lowther Hill, with it's giant golf ball radar station. This is the highest point on the Southern Upland Way and offers spectacular views of the surrounding countryside. From here the route hops from hilltop to hilltop before it descends and crosses the Dalveen Pass. It then skirts around Daer reservoir before heading into Ae Forest and passing the Brattleburn Bothy. Upon leaving the forestry the Way joins a quiet road and descends steeply into Beattock.

As you walk along the road into Beattock you will join the route of the Annadale Way. This is a new long distance path that follows the route of the river Annan. For more information go to http://annandaleway.org


Wanlockhed - Beattock map






OS Explorer Maps

329 Lowtherhills, Sanquhar and Leadhills
330 Moffat and St Mary’s Loch


33km / 20miles

Height Range

100 - 710 metres. Highest point on Lowther Hill.

Total ascent



Earshaig Ponds NY047026

Leaflet box



There is a small shop in Beattock, Moffat, 1.5 miles off route has a wide range of shops and eating places.

Public transport

Only available at the start and finish of this section.
Wanlockhead has a limited bus service. Beattock has a regular service to Dumfries.




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