In line with many other Scottish Long Distance Trails activities will gradually be reopening along the SUW from 3 July (today) as the 5 mile guidance on travel is relaxed for most of Scotland along with self-contained holiday accommodation (3 July) and outdoor hospitality (6 July).
Some of the services and accommodation providers will also start reopening from 15 July but it is essential for you to check with each business, book ahead and check latest guidelines before setting out. Please do not expect everything to be back to normal – follow latest guidance on physical distancing, face masks and hygiene, be sensitive to local communities and do not meet in large groups.
Bothies are still officially as closed as they are classed as public buildings.
As of Friday the 10th July 2020 facemasks are mandatory in Scotland within shops and possibly other businesses.
Moffat and Beattock and Upper Nithsdale do not fall into the postcodes announced yesterday
Wild camping advice applicable to Scotland will follow soon
A welcome to ScottishPower Renewables as one of the Southern Upland Way funding sources
Kilgallioch Windfarm (5km North of New Luce) has committed to an annual contribution over its operational life to fund two Western SUW Rangers employed by Dumfries & Galloway Council. ScottishPower Renewables is now a major funder in the day to day running of the SUW in the west. The ranger roles are to promote, manage and maintain the SUW from Portpatrick to the Scottish Borders. The Rangers are keen to work with community groups and local businesses who may benefit from the Southern Upland Way.
Rg (Western SUW Ranger)
Dumfries and Galloway Council
South Lanarkshire Council
Scottish Borders Council
Following a cluster of #coronavirus cases in the Annan and Gretna areas of Dumfries and Galloway, the 5 mile travel limit for leisure and exercise will remain in place in some postcodes. This doesn’t apply to essential travel.
People living in Scotland in the following postcodes are affected: