These Boots are made for Walking
Put a spring in your step and think about taking a walking short break in the beautiful Dumfries & Galloway region. We are blessed with the most amazing scenery for to choose from whether you prefer coastal or countryside walks, we have a lot on offer.
As soon as you cross the ancient border with England, you can choose from rugged coast-to-coast, or rolling hills and through the rich green countryside. There are well marked path networks and many more amazing walks to be discovered from maps and books. Some areas have ranger-led walks which are great for families with children and there are a number of town trails that provide fascinating historical strolls.
The rugged Galloway Hills offer great walking among forests, lochs and moors. The Galloway Hills take in 24 peaks above 2,000 ft and among them are ranges such as the Rhins of Kells, the Minnigaff Hills, the Awful Hand and the Dungeon Hills. The Merrick, rising up above Loch Trool and is Dumfries & Galloway’s highest hill at 2,765 ft and forms the ‘forefinger of the Awful Hand range. The views from the top are superb and well worth the climb.
If you are feeling adventurous, take on the 212-mile challenge of Britain’s first official coast-to-coast long-distance footpath or sample the route with some short walks along the way. The Southern Upland Way is Scotland’s longest, and possibly its most challenging walking route. It stretches coast to coast across the south of Scotland from Portpatrick in the far west of Dumfries & Galloway to Cockburnspath on the North Sea coast of the Scottish Borders, taking in some of the most beautiful landscapes in the country.
Then there’s the mysterious and marvelous sights of Merlin’s Cave, the Devil’s Beeftub, the Grey Mare’s Tail –in the Moffat Hills. The town of Moffat is the perfect base for some breathtaking walks and there is something to attract walkers of all levels. The highest of the peak here is White Coomb at a mighty 2,696 ft with the popular Hartfell close behind, both boasting views that stretch for many miles on a clear day.
For serious walking, take to the hills in the east of Dumfries & Galloway and a visit to Scotland’s highest village.
The Lowther Hills lie north of Sanquhar and Thornhill in the east of Dumfries & Galloway. The gentle inclines of these hills disguise their difficulty and if you make the climb, you’ll be rewarded with a spectacular view at the summit – but make no mistake that this is serious walking country!
Dumfries & Galloway’s coastline offers over 200 miles of walking, from the sandy beaches of the beautiful Solway Coast to the cliffs of the rugged southwest. With gentle wooded shores and pretty yacht-dotted estuaries, crashing waves and magnificent sunsets, the coastline of Dumfries & Galloway offers scenic splendor and a variety of lovely walks.
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