If you are an experienced walker and up for a challenge Dumfries sees the start of Scotland’s longest walking route – The Southern Upland Way which is a 212 mile marathon stretching from Portpatrick to Cockburnspath and through some of the most stunning landscapes in Scotland.
Dumfries and Galloway can offer all types of walking routes from various walks in and around towns and villages to some fantastic hill walking that can accommodate walkers at all levels.
There are many excellent town and village walks and as an example you wont be disappointed if you visit the nearby Royal Burgh of Lochmaben. The village boasts 3 spectacular lochs and many historical attractions. At the Castle Loch you can visit the Sculpture Trail which was created with the assistance of Peter Bowsher, five times world champion chain saw carver. Follow the pathway at the side of the loch finding each of the 10 sculptures on your way and solving the quiz as you go. As an added bonus the trail through the woods leads you to the remains of “Robert the Bruce’s Castle”. If you wish you can expand the journey to the circular walk of the loch and the surrounding countryside – this will take about 2 hours.
For the hill walkers you really are spoilt for choice, try the Moffat Hills which boasts fantastic natural landmarks such as the “Devil’s Beef Tub and the Grey Mares Tail to the mighty peak of White Coomb at 2696 feet”.
If that’s not enough we have over 200 miles of unspoilt coastline for you to discover!
For your peace of mind we have a secure basement and drying area (it sometimes rains up here!!!) for all your walking gear at Glenaldor House.
If you are planning a visit to Dumfries then be sure to check out our guided walk for “a day in the life of Robert Burns”