Beattock to St Mary’s Loch

This is the last of the really long and arduous sections. Again vehicle support can be arranged to break the stage.

From Beattock the Way crosses first the motorway and then three rivers before climbing up out of the farmland and into more forestry. This is a short section on the forest road and soon you have the opportunity to climb up onto the hills towards Ettrick Head.

This is the border between Dumfries and Galloway and the Scottish Borders. It is also the watershed of Scotland. Every drop of water that falls on the land behind you ends up in the Atlantic. From here on everything drains into the North Sea. For more information on the watershed visit

From Ettrick Head the Way soon joins a track which follows the Ettrick Water until Scabcleuch where it again heads up into the hills and heads towards St Mary’s Loch.

Start Beattock
Finish St Mary’s Loch
OS Explorer Maps 330 Moffat and St Mary’s Loch
Distance 34km / 21miles
Height Range 90 – 525m
Total Ascent 820m
Information Shelter Tibbie Shiels Inn
Leaflet Box Whamphray Burn NT158045 & Tibbie Shiels Inn.
Supplies There is a limited range of shops in Beattock, Moffat, 1.5 miles off route has many shops and eating places. St Marys loch has no shops but has an inn and a cafe.
Public Transport Only available at the start and finish of this section.
Beattock has a regular bus service to Dumfries. St Mary’s loch has a limited service.