Walks, Lochs & Mountains
The best way to get to know the Dumfries & Galloway region of Scotland is on foot.
The annual week-long Newton Stewart Walkfest in May is a fun way to enjoy the scenery with other enthusiasts. Elsewhere detailed walking trails keep you on the right track for your Dumfries walks through varying landscapes and picturesque settings.
The Southern Upland Way
The Southern Upland Way is Scotland’s coast to coast National Trail. It covers a large part of Scotland and is a highlight for walkers among the many outdoor things to do in Dumfries & Galloway.
Opened in 1984, the Southern Upland Way was Britain’s first official coast-to-coast footpath. In its 212-mile route across southern Scotland it crosses a remarkable variety of scenery, from the coastal cliffs at Portpatrick on the west coast, through the wild uplands around Lowther Hill, to the fertile glens by St Mary’s Loch and Traquair, and ending in the east at Cockburnspath.
The complete route remains an exhilarating challenge for the serious walker, but now 64 short walks have also been created which take the Way as their starting point.
These are a few kilometres each, suited to all levels of ability, and are an ideal introduction to the interest and beauty of the southern countryside.
Lochs & Mountains
The Dumfries & Galloway region is set among some of Scotland’s most beautiful lochs and mountains. A walk through Glen Trool rewards you with a stunning view of Loch Trool.
Loch Ken is another impressive body of water in the Dumfries area. A walk through the Galloway Forest Park will also reward you with lochs and mountains for your efforts.