Running across the bottom of Scotland, the Southern Upland Way traverses 212 of one of the least populated areas of Britain. It's also Britain's only official coast to coast walking route.
Opened in 1984 the Southern Upland Way is a great challenge for walkers and is especially ideal for the walker who wants to wild camp or stay in remote bothies.
And in the summer of 2011, that's exactly how I did it.
The full story is available in my book, The Secret Coast to Coast, or you can read highlights from my journey, below.
Published 9 January 2012
It’s probably fair to say that more people have a Great Aunt Mabel then have heard of Scotland’s official Coast to Coast walking route.
Published 12 January 2012
Setting off on the first day for coastal walks, tarmac and a deer.
Published 16 January 2012
Ruined castles, sinister cows and homemade haggis all in abundance as the journey continues.
Published 19 January 2012
A good plan quickly falls apart when a bothy is reached at lunchtime, and no wild camping spots can be found as the Southern Upland Way heads in to the forest.
Published 23 January 2012
A trip through the largest forest park in Britain leads to a remote bothy with an alcohol problem.
Published 26 January 2012
The rain it does come down as I struggle on from White Laggan bothy to St John’s Town of Dalry.
Published 30 January 2012
A wet and boggy traipse across the moors and through forests where I actually see other people walking the Southern Upland Way (gasp!)
Published 2 February 2012
Setting off from a remote bothy, I head to the town of Sanquhar and its closed museum.
Published 6 February 2012
The Southern Upland Way arrives at the highest village in Scotland; the former lead mining centre of Wanlockhead.
Published 9 February 2012
The Southern Upland Way takes me to both its highest point, and the half way point as it heads out of Wanlockhead.
Published 13 February 2012
From one remote bothy to another, via the town of Moffat.
Published 16 February 2012
Oh my goodness, there’s actually someone else who walks in this part of the world!
Published 20 February 2012
Around the mist covered loch, up a tower and off in to town. It’s just another day on the Southern Upland Way.
Published 23 February 2012
It was after nine when I set off, but I still managed to leave before a bickering French family of cyclists who’d been packing up since before seven. The ladyContinue Reading
Published 27 February 2012
The route gets rather urban as I complete the short stretch between the towns of Galashiels and Melrose.
Published 1 March 2012
The route now leaves civilisation behind and heads into another section past the Southern Upland Way’s last pub.
Published 5 March 2012
Through tiny villages and past wind farms, the Southern Upland Way even has time for a cup of tea and some cake on the penultimate day.
Published 8 March 2012
On the final day of walking I head to the coast and the end of the trail.
Published 19 March 2012
The Southern Upland Way is a hugely rewarding adventure but it planning your trip can be very complicated. In one of our most detailed guides, we’ll help you get on your way.
Published 13 December 2011
If you saw the launch of my book about the Southern Upland Way last week and wondered, “Hey, what’s all that about?”, well this is the video for you.
Published 21 January 2012
The Southern Upland Way, a 212 mile walking route across the Scottish Lowlands, has six such bothies and in the summer of 2011 I visited each one. This video is about them.
Published 12 March 2012
Another coast to coast adventure – this one in the Scottish Borders.
Published 13 March 2012
A series of postcards drawn and sent from the Southern Upland Way.
Published 26 March 2013
Finding hidden treasure in the hills of Scotland.
Published 9 October 2013
What the Secret Coast to Coast book cover could have been.
Published 23 August 2011
I’m half way through writing up my Southern Upland Way posts, so I’m celebrating with a Wordle on the text so far.