Southern Upland Way (St Mary's Loch to Traquair)
About This Route
The Southern Upland Way runs from Portpatrick in Dumfries and Galloway in the west of Scotland to Cockburnspath in Scottish Borders in the east of Scotland. It is a coast to coast route through southern Scotland and one of Scotland’s Great Trails. The Scottish Borders section of the route has had gates installed where none existed before to improve multi-use access. However there are some sections of path which are unsuitable in wet weather or when the ground is soft and there are a small number of locations where access may still be difficult or impossible for horses and these are outlined below
St Mary’s Loch (Tibbieshiels Inn) to Dryhope
NB. This section includes numerous relatively narrow gates. Parking may be available with permission at Tibbieshiels Inn. There is a car park close to the outflow at the head of the loch.
1. Tibbieshiels Inn. (NT 241207) Narrow gate adjacent to padlocked vehicle gate.
2. Bowerhope (NT 253225 to NT 256227). Several narrow gates 3 feet/ 90cm wide.
Dryhope to Traquair
NB. This section includes numerous gates, most of which are easily negotiated with a horse. Several of the gates immediately north of Blackhouse are relatively narrow (approx. 1m wide). The sections across moorland can be soft after wet weather, when equestrian or cycle access would not be responsible, but even the moorland sections should usually be easily passable in summer.
Dryhope roadside (NT 271243) to Blackhouse (NT 281270) section unsuitable for horses due to steep gully and narrow bridge at NT 276265. Alternative route via A708 to Craig Douglas and track to Blackhouse.