SUW News


As the government is advising against non-essential travel during the current pandemic you should not travel to make use of the Southern Upland Way.

For more information about using the countryside for exercise please go to the Scottish Outdoor Access Code website.

Hog Park Stand, East of Clatteringshaws

Forestry and Land Scotland are diverting the Southern Upland Way at Hog Park Stand, east of Clatteringshaws, starting from the April 2020 due to tree felling. They will make every effort to complete the felling as quickly as possible within 3 months to reduce the diversion time, and then manage the extraction with operator vigilance looking out for SUW users.

Temporary SUW Waymarker posts (4 in total), have been dug in along the diverted route which is marked in dark blue on the attached map. These are not as frequent as normal, and have only been placed at the main junctions. The diversion will bring you back to the bottom of Waterside Hill, Dalry. It is on forest roads and quiet back roads, and is suitable for bike, horse and walkers giving good views of the Galloway Hills.

A temporary Kist has also been placed on the diversion, and is marked as normal with ULTREIA markers on the Eastern and Western side of the Kist.




Greskine near Rivox, Beattock

Forestry work will take place either side of the Southern Upland Way near the bottom of Mount Joe in Greskine Forest. The path will not be diverted here, but banksmen will help anyone through during their working hours if they are felling close to the path. There will also be a ramp to climb over, which is there to protect the path when machinery crosses.

The job is being managed by Euroforest and they should be finished by the end of May 2020. They have said they will ask their contractors not to work on the weekend of the Ultra 50 and 100 marathon so that there are no hold ups to the race.



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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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