SUW News

Cogshead alternative – diversion 2019/2020

Alternative route suitable for bikes and horse riders at Cogshead D&G is going to have some disruption on it this winter. Please follow diversions arranged by the contractors / landowner

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Rivox Forestry Work Nov / Dec 2019

Please be careful in the Rivox area near Beattock while using the SUW. Banksmen will be present when nearby trees are being felled as part of forestry works. Please follow their instruction. There will only be intermittent and minor delays between now and Christmas 2019.

Stand back with the banksmen and watch the show of massive softwood trees being felled professionally


Southern Upland Way “top ten best British Hikes”. Rough Guides 2019

The Southern Upland Way – walking the entire route or just day sections?

In the opinion of Rough Guides the SUW is in the “top ten best ever British Hikes” and Brattleburn bothy on the SUW , also being named by the Scotsman a couple of years ago in the top 10 bothies.

Cat Shoulder (High Route) – Between Moffat and Ettrickhead © Southern Upland Way

Great to see Southern Scotland and the SUW get a mention! Thanks Rough Guides.  

Certificates 2018


Certificates 2018
2018’s been a busy time with many users enjoying the scenery of the southern uplands of Scotland, and using our new webpage – however … we found a bug with our new page! 
With new things come glitches, and our “claim your certificate” button wasn’t letting us know you wanted certificated for your efforts of completing the Southern Upland Way. This was since our new webpage was launched earlier in 2018. If you requested a certificate and heard nothing from us, its not because we chose to ignore you, but that we didn’t even realise you were asking for certification!
All we can say is sorry.
If you would like a certificate pack, the bug has been fixed, and please try again. If you still hear nothing from us (it may take a wee while to get them all filled out, so please be patient with us), give the website phone number a call, and we’ll look into it.
Click the “claim your certificate” button on the home page to get started.

Harvey Maps Competition

Wanting to walk the Southern Upland Way… in sections, or end to end?

Well, thanks to Harvey maps we’ve just the thing to help you explore our fabulous route!

To celebrate the launch of their complete 2018 Southern Upland Way Map, they have supplied us with 2 copies for a wee competition.

To enter just email your name , address, and what attracts you to taking on the adventure of exploring the Southern Upland Way.

Winners will be contacted by email . The competition will close on the 7th September 2018 at 5pm.🎉🎉🎉

Competition time!



Up for grabs are 2 copies of the brand new Cicerone Southern Upland Way guide book, kindly dontated to us by Cicerone to celebrate their new edition and also the new SUW webpage. To enter just answer; How many Kists are there in total, hidden along the length of the Southern Upland Way? Answer can be found on our webpage Your answer can be emailed to us at along with your name and address. Competition finishes on the 17th August 2018 at 5pm.


New Cicerone Guide and Harvey Map coming very soon



A new updated guide book will soon be available to buy, as well as a new version of the Harvey Map. Together they both make excellent additions to the information available about the Southern Upland Way, and we look forward to seeing the final printed copies.

The Cicerone SUW guide will be available to buy on the 15th July 2018, and the Harvey SUW Map will be available by Mid August 2018.

Garrowgill High Route – it’s official!


In the near future we will be making the high route at Garrowgill the official Southern Upland Way. What a great way to leave Dumfries and Galloway behind, and enter the Scottish Borders! At the moment the high route is classed as an alternative route. If the weather is really bad then the forest road route will remain open for use and will continue to be waymarked. However, unless you enjoy walking plantations and forest roads, we’d encourage you to use the high route taking in the peaks of Gateshaw Rig, Croft head, Crookedside Schlenders and down Cat’s Shoulder. It’s been recently checked, waymarking improved, fallen trees cleared and its ready to go! In the winter of 2018 we’ll get a bit of TLC of the first section, so bear with us here, but for now I’ll give it a blast with a strimmer. Ross

Improvements to Bothys

Dumfries and Galloway Council have finished working on two of the bothies on the western section of the Southern Upland Way; the Beehive and The Chaulk Memorial Bothy / Polskeoch. Many improvements were made at the Beehive to make the stay of path users more comfortable, and new windows, doors, guttering, and internal painting was carried out at the Chaulk Memorial / Polskeoch bothy.


The New Horde

All 13 Hoard Winner coins have now been found! Each lucky winner got a £100 voucher for a local outdoor equipment shop.

In remote, secret places in The Southern Uplands of Scotland, sculptured kists can be found. These are the legacy of Waymerks, named after the hand-minted coins with which they were filled. Now the kists contain a new treasure.

Find out more here