Baggage transfer is often asked about on the Southern Upland Way. Some of the SUW accommodation providers below are happy to provide this service, and we are very grateful for their continued support. They tend to have extensive knowledge of the SUW. What more could you want? Fed, bed, and your luggage dealt with. Between them, they now cover the entire route.
In areas where an accommodation provider cannot assist due to unforeseen circumstances, a local taxi could be arranged to carry your luggage, allowing you the freedom to bring all of life’s luxuries, and not have to carry them.
Here is a list of known accommodation providers, west to east, who offer such services, and the areas they are prepared to cover.
Portpatrick to Clatteringshaws
Nadav’s Shed – New Luce
The Southern Upland Way skirts around the village of New Luce but it has close ties. Only 5 minutes by foot off the main route is Nadav`s Shed, which is a dry camping facility and can offer pickup and drop off services from the start of the route in Portpatrick through to Clatteringshaws Loch (Cicerone guide pg 38 – 75), as well as onward baggage transfer to your next B&B. Nadav’s Shed can accommodate up to 3 guests and a pet. Nadav’s Shed has basic amenities that include a Porta Potti, a kettle, electricity and free WiFi. Guests have to use their own mats and sleeping bags. A small sofa bed is also available, with bedding provided at an extra fee.
Contact Harry firstname.lastname@example.org or 01581 600 350 for Baggage transfer and vehicle support prices, and availability of this service.
Bargrennan to Sanquhar
Brockford B&B – Dalry
Based in the Southern Upland Way town of Dalry, they offer pickup and drop off services on the route, as well as onward baggage transfer to your next B&B. Prices start from £35 per group for a vehicle backup / baggage transfer service from the Clatteringshaws and Stroanpatrick pickup points. See the Cicerone 2018 SUW guide book, pg 75 and 82, for the Clatteringshaws and Stroanpatrick pickup points. Ronnie can also arrange a service from Loch Dee and Lorg and as far as Bargrennan and Sanquhar. Please call Ronnie (01644 430512) for the cost and availability of this service, as prices vary depending on the service requested.
Sanquhar to Moffat
Hopetoun Arms Hotel – Leadhills
Only 5 mins by car off the Southern Upland Way, they offer pickup and drop off services on and off the route, as well as onward baggage transfer to your next B&B in either Moffat or Sanquhar. Baggage to Sanquhar £20, and to Moffat £30. Vehicle backup service from Wanlockhead £10 there and back, or to Over Fingland £30 there and back. Call the Hotel and ask for Rab on 01659 74234 for further information and availability of this service. Wanlockhead to Over Fingland (Cicerone SUW 2018, Pgs 98-103)
Also new at the Hopetoun Arms Hotel for 2019 is the Hopetoun Arms Bunkhouse, built and designed to modern standards with Southern Upland Way walkers in mind. Book now for its opening in Spring 2019.
Moffat To The Ettrick Valley
Summerlea House B&B – Moffat
Based in the heart of Southern Uplands town of Moffat, just off the main SUW route, Summerlea House B&B is located in the town’s quiet conservation area just behind the high street. They can offer both baggage transfer service into the Ettrick Valley and collection / drop off on route. It is ideally placed within walking distance of all the services required to replenish reserves and energy – why not rejuvenate tired feet and break up the route by staying for a couple of nights? Prices start £35 per group for baggage transfer to your next accommodation at St Mary’s Loch, or £40 up into the Ettrick Valley. While vehicle support return / drop off is £10 from Earshaig Reserve at the top of the Crooked Road, Beattock, Dumcrieff Bridge or Craigbeck. Ask Darren or Donald at Summerlea House B&B about this extra service (+44) 01683 221 471 or email email@example.com
All welcome, especially fellow walkers. A well-stocked collection of OS maps, guides and leaflets available for reference along with extensive local knowledge, plus a TV room/snug and garden to sit in if you’re in need of a day’s rest
Moffat to Traquair / Innerleithen
Gordon Arms Hotel – Near St Mary’s Loch
The Gordon Arms, an old coaching Inn nestling in the Yarrow Valley in the Scottish Borders and offers both a pickup and drop off service, and a baggage transfer service to Traquair for the West to Eastern users, or Moffat, for the East to West SUW goers (Cicerone 2018 pg 112 – 143). The historic hotel was a favorite haunt of James Hogg, Sir Walter Scott and even Robert Burns was said to have stopped here. Now it is well known for its traditional music & real ale, and a warm welcome to walkers, cyclists and all other visitors to the area.
Baggage transfer starts from £20 depending on destination. Vehicle support service is £15 return to Glen Cafe at St Mary’s Loch, and £25 return to Scabcleuch. Ask for Susan for more information about these services (+44) 01750 82261 , firstname.lastname@example.org, or book both accommodation and vehicle services direct from their website https://www.thegordonarms.com/bookings.html.
Here is a list of local taxi firms from nearby towns and villages, who can also help with this service.
St Marys Loch – Lauder
Cleikum Lodge – Innerleithen
Cleikum Mill is a modernized character building providing versatile self catering accommodation in Innerleithen and can cater for group sizes from 1 – 12 people. The building has facilities aimed at outdoorsy people with great washing and drying facilities and plenty of space to relax, with books/magazines and maps to read. We are situated 2km from the SUW at Traquair, and offer both vehicle support and baggage transfer to your next B&B, (as far east as Lauder including both Galashiels and Melrose and west to St Mary’s Loch), with a room booking at Cleikum Lodge. Prices start from £30 (Cicerone guide book pages 134 – 162)
Contact us with any other options you may wish us to consider, we are very familiar with this section of the SUW having cycled and walked it many times. (Pick ups also possible up to 30 miles from Innerleithen).
Lauder to Duns / Longformacus
The Black Bull – Lauder
The Black Bull is a recently refurbished coaching inn, which is ideally situated on the Southern Upland Way in Lauder. They allow dogs in some of their rooms and a clothes wash service for an extra £7 (making sure you look good for your finishing photo in Cockburnspath). They also have a bar, bistro, restaurant and fire, (and book your room direct and receive one free breakfast).
Baggage transfer is offered by the Black Bull usually from Lauder to Duns/Longformacus, (Cicerone 2018 Guide book pgs 161-170), which is a minimum £10 charge per traveller, and an additional £5 per traveller thereafter. Any equivalent distance would be the same for East to West walkers, and any car pick ups would be based on distance/time of day etc, and should be arranged in advance. Speak to Mandy or Clark at the Black Bull about these additional services and room bookings, on 01578 722208.
Lauder – Cockburnspath
Green Hope B&B, Near Duns
Just across the river from the Southern Upland Way, Green Hope Guest House / B&B at Ellemford near Duns, offers accommodation for weary walkers. They are happy to offer collection and drop-off of walkers, and baggage transfer to your next B&B as far as Cockburnspath in the East, to Lauder in the West (Cicerone Guide SUW 2018, pgs 163 – 178). Alison and Bill are happy to collect weary walkers at the end of the day, to join them at their B&B for one, or a few nights, at the very final stages of their very long 214 mile challenge. A bottle of bubbles or a simple beer to celebrate can be organised too with a special dinner if desired.
Baggage transfers to and from Green Hope B&B: Lauder £35.00, Cockburnspath £25, Longformacus £10
Return Vehicle drop off points for walkers – Longformacus £10, Abbey St Bathans £10, or other points along the route by arrangement e.g. Cockburnspath
The river side setting of Green Hope makes for a peaceful and interesting venue, and often walkers take an extra day just to rest, before the final stage of their long hike.
Phone direct to: 01361 890242 or check our web site: www.greenhope.co.uk Discount for direct bookings of 10% for first person for first night.