Southern Upland Way 1: Portpatrick to Castle Kennedy

The route starts with some dramatic cliffs and coves followed by more subdued fields, moorland and woods as it turns inland, passing close to the port of Stranraer before reaching the little village of Castle Kennedy.


A mix of paths, tracks and minor roads along cliff tops and then through pastures, farmland, low moorland and forest. Can be very muddy in places. Care needs to be taken to watch out for traffic on the narrow roads. There are many road and track junctions but these are all well signposted.

Public Transport

Buses to Portpatrick and Castle Kennedy from Stranraer. Stranraer has a rail station.


Portpatrick. Open start point in Google Maps for directions.

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