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Explore Scotland's Southern Uplands with a Cicerone guidebook

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19 Jan 2015
17.2 x 11.6 x 1.5cm
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Walking in the Southern Uplands

44 best hill days in southern Scotland

by Ronald Turnbull
Book published by Cicerone Press

Guidebook to 44 varied day walks and over 100 summits in the Southern Uplands of Scotland, stretching south-west from Edinburgh to the English border, including the Galloway and Pentland Hills. Between 2 and 29km, there is something for all seasons and all abilities in remote and rugged hill country.

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This guidebook describes 44 routes and over 100 summits stretching across the Southern Uplands of Scotland, stretching south-west from Edinburgh to the English border, including the Galloway and Pentland Hills. The walks range between 2 and 29km, suitable for walkers of all abilities.

The Scottish Southern Uplands is a range that is about as big as the English Pennines. It is wild hill country, with over 80 hills of 2000ft or more, and it boasts a real remoteness that is difficult to find elsewhere. All hillwalkers should experience these wonderfully characterful landscapes: green and gentle, but with hidden surprises and remote escapes.

The routes are suitable from spring to autumn, and on winter days with good weather and snow conditions. Each route provides OS mapping, information on distance, ascent, time, maximum altitude and terrain, as well as details of any variants or shortcuts. With notes on points of interest along the way as well as on transport and accommodation, the guide gives all the information walkers need.

  • Seasons
    spring to autumn, plus winter days with good weather and snow conditions
  • Centres
    Newton Stewart and Glentrool, Nithsdale (Dumfriesshire), Biggar, Moffat, Peebles, Edinburgh, Kirk Yetholm
  • Difficulty
    hill walks below 900m, ranging from straightforward on good paths (Lowther Hill, Pentlands) to pathless and occasionally quite rugged (Kielder, Loch Enoch)
  • Must See
    Merrick and the Galloway Hills, Hart Fell and Devil's Beeftub, White Coomb and Grey Mare's Tail waterfall, Pentland Hills, Arthur's Seat, Hen Hole of the Cheviot, River Tweed
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Boundaries of the Borders
Real remoteness
Rolling – but also rocky
Lists of hills
Border reivers
The Covenanters
When to go
Tourist information and other facilities
Compass and GPS
Safety in the mountains
Using this guide
1 Galloway
Walk 1 Girvan and Grey Hill
Walk 2 Ailsa Craig
Walk 3 Cairnsmore of Fleet
Walk 4 Minnigaff Hills
Walk 5 Merrick and Murder Hole
Walk 6 The Dungeon Hills
Walk 7 Rhinns of the Kells
Walk 8 Cairnsmore of Carsphairn
Walk 9 Screel Hill
2 Nithsdale and Lanarkshire
Walk 10 Afton Water
Walk 11 Criffel
Walk 12 Queensberry
Walk 13 Well Hill, Durisdeer
Walk 14 Lowther Hill by Well and Enterkin passes
Walk 15 Tinto
Walk 16 Culter Fells
Walk 17 Broughton Heights
3 Moffatdale
Walk 18 Devil’s Beef Tub
Walk 19 Ettrick Head
Walk 20 Hart Fell
Walk 21 White Coomb
Walk 22 White Coomb and Hart Fell
Walk 23 Loch of the Lowes and Ward Law
Walk 24 The Wiss and St Mary’s Loch
4 Manor Hills to the Tweed
Walk 25 Broad Law
Walk 26 Manor Head
Walk 27 Cademuir Hill and the Tweed
Walk 28 Glen Sax Circuit
Walk 29 Lee Pen and Windlestraw Law
Walk 30 Three Brethren and Minch Moor
Walk 31 Eildon Hills and the Tweed
Walk 32 Rubers Law
5 Lothian
Walk 33 Pentlands
Walk 34 Arthur’s Seat
Walk 35 Blackhope Scar
Walk 36 Lammer Law
Walk 37 Abbey St Bathans and Cockburn Law
Walk 38 North Berwick Law
6 The Border Ridge to Cheviot
Walk 39 Langholm Heights
Walk 40 Cauldcleuch Head
Walk 41 Peel Fell and Kielder Stone
Walk 42 Hownam Law
Walk 43 Windy Gyle
Walk 44 The Cheviot and Hen Hole
Appendix A Walk summary table
Appendix B Information and facilities by area
Appendix C Scots glossary
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