Southern Upland Way 7: Beattock to St Mary's Loch

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A mixed stage with farmland, high moorland and big forests. The route now takes a high level option in the first half although a lower alternative on easier forest tracks can be followed if preferred or in poor weather. 8km of road walking along the Ettrick valley has pleasant views and is followed by a dramatic hill section at Ettrick Head to finish at lovely St Mary's Loch.


Mostly good paths, tracks and roads. Care with navigation is needed on the high moorland sections in poor visibilty.

Public Transport

Bus at Beattock, no bus at St Mary's Loch.


Beattock. Open start point in Google Maps for directions.

Hillwalking in Winter

Please note that hillwalking when there is snow lying requires an ice-axe, crampons and the knowledge, experience and skill to use them correctly. All route descriptions and difficulties given here are for summer conditions. See our Winter Skills page for basic information on the essential skills, techniques and knowledge needed for winter hillwalking.

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