Tagged: scotland


Southern Upland Way – Day 6

3rd May 2013 – Nether Holm to Sanquhar: 15.1 miles, 2,002 feet “After a day’s walk, everything has twice its usual value”  George Macauley Trevelyan – British Historian (1876 – 1962) For once the weather forecast was bloody right. It predicted rain all day and that’s exactly what I got. I heard it start...


Southern Upland Way – Day 5

2nd May 2013 – St. Johns Town of Dalry to Nether Holm: 14.9 miles, 2,873 feet “One may walk over the highest mountain, one step at a time”  John Wanamaker – “A pioneer of marketing” (1838 – 1922) Day five has certainly been the pick of the bunch so far....


Southern Upland Way – Day 4

1st May 2013 – Bargrennan to St. Johns Town of Dalry: 25.4 miles, 3,099 feet “It is good to collect things, it is better to take walks”  Anatole France – French Poet (1844 – 1924) Day 4 I didn’t sleep too good last night. The room was comfortable and quiet,...


Southern Upland Way – Day 3

30th April 2013 – New Luce to Bargrennan: 18.8 miles, 1,809 feet “The best remedy for those who are afraid, lonely or unhappy is to go outside, somewhere where they can be quite alone with the heavens, nature and God.”  Anne Frank – Diarist and Holocaust victim (1929 – 1945)...


Southern Upland Way – Day 2

29th April 2013 – Stranraer to New Luce: 14.0 miles, 1,046 feet “Climb the mountains and get their good tidings. Nature’s peace will flow into you as sunshine flows into trees. The winds will blow their own freshness into you and the storms their energy, while cares will drop off...


Southern Upland Way – Day 1

28th April 2013 – Portpatrick to Stranraer: 9.5 miles, 1,320 feet “Of all the exercises, walking is the best”  Thomas Jefferson – American President (1743 – 1826) The Harbour House Hotel is excellent. It was quiet and well maintained, having had an obvious recent refurbishment in the area I was...


Southern Upland Way – Day Zero

27th April 2013 – Travel to, and arrival in Portpatrick “I still find each day too short for all the thoughts I want to think, all the walks I want to take, all the books I want to read and all the friends I want to see”  John Burroughs –...

Kit for Southern Upland Way 0


I’m packing! I tried, but I just couldn’t hold off any longer. You can click on the image to get a full sized version! There’s an OS Explorer map on the wall behind my kit – can anyone identify which one it is?


Come on….. come on!

I’ve been feeling the tension build this week. On Saturday I leave for Portpatrick and the start of the Southern Upland Way, with my first day’s walking being on Sunday 28th April. It’s been fairly quiet at work too, and as a consequence I’ve had very little to keep my...

The joys of winter walking 0

Southern Upland Way Planning #5

Physical Preparation Most of my long walks take place in late April / early May. There are good reasons for that, not least that this is the best time of the year for ‘good’ weather. Good weather for walking that is. It’s typically the driest period of the year and...