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Southern Upland Way (Yair to Gattonside)

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

Yair to Gattonside

Wood End (NT 485352). Use gate through wall 100 metres west of stone stile.
Gala Policies (NT486357). Follow main track around western edge of wood, rejoining SUW north of the academy to avoid wooden boardwalk/footbridge.
A7 crossing (NT 502344). Wooden steps leading down to A7 unusable by horses. Possible alternative route from 100 metres west of A7 follow Abbotsford Road south for 400 metres to join A7 and keep to verge northwards along A7 to rejoin the route at Netherbarns.
Riverside section (NT 504342 to NT 511350). Keep to minor road avoiding path alongside River Tweed and Gala Water.
Riverside section at Melrose (NT 529347 to NT 534349). Suspension bridge at NT 545346 unsuitable for horses. Alternative route from roadside at NT 529347 turn left onto B6374 and cross River Tweed by road bridge. Turn right and continue along B6360 to rejoin route west of Gattonside.

Statistics

  • Level

    Easy Intermediate

  • Level Details

    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

  • Towns

    Gattonside, Melrose, Yair Forest, Galashiels

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