Southern Upland Way
~ Walking Coast to Coast across Southern Scotland ~
Paths in the Western Section from Clatteringshaws Loch to Sanquhar
This section is close to Clachan Inn, Dalry.
Walk 13 : Craigenbay to Clatteringshaws ...
1.5 miles return. Easy.
A linear walk along a forest road to a viewpoint overlooking the reservoir. Park at the Southern Upland Way fingerpost at the forest gate above Upper Craigenbay.
Walk 14 : Dalry to Waterside Hill (circular) ...
4.5 miles return. Moderate.
This route offers fine views of Dalry and the Ken Valley. Start at the Dalry Information Shelter to the rear of the Town Hall. Cross the footbridge, then walk upstream beside the river to the road. Cross over and follow the waymarkers to the summit of Waterside Hill. Continue downhill to Garroch Glen to the road, turning left at the road, then left again back to Dalry.
Walk 15 : Dalry Northwards ...
8.5 - 11.5 miles. Moderate.
A choice of three walks through gently rolling open country. Start at the Dalry Information Shelter to the rear of the Town Hall. Walk up the main street, then follow the Southern Upland Way across fields and moor as far as the public road. You then have three options:-
- Turn round and return along the Southern Upland Way to Dalry.
- Turn left along the road, then left again along the B7000 back to Dalry.
- Continue along the Southern Upland Way to Butterhole Bridge, then turn left on the Southern Upland Way spur trail waymarked to Kendoon Youth Hostel. At the B7000, turn left and return to Dalry.
Walk 16 : Stroanpatrick to Manquhill ...
7.5 miles return. Moderate.
A circular hill walk, mainly through open country. Start at the car park at Stroanpatrick Bridge. Head westwards past the house and tin hut then turn right, following the Southern Upland Way northwards over Manquhill Hill. Half a mile beyond the summit, turn right along the forest road to Manquhill Farm. Continue down the track to the public road.
Walk 17 : Stroanpatrick to Allan's Cairn ...
17.5 miles return. Strenuous.
A circular hill walk through open country and conifer plantation.
Warning : This path is steep and wet in places and should not be attempted if there is a chance of hill fog.
Start at the car park at Stroanpatrick Bridge. Head westwards past the house and tin hut then turn right, following the Southern Upland Way to Allan''s Cairn and the Chalk Memorial Bothy near Polskeoch. Two hundred yards beyond the bothy leave the Southern Upland Way by following the suign to the left to the Lorg. Take the road down the valley to Smeaton's Bridge. Turn left across the bridge to return to Stroanpatrick car park.
Walk 18 : Stroanpatrick Trail ...
Up to 3 miles return. Easy.
Proceed along the waymarked trail for the hill fort and the viewpoint. A leaflet is available on this trail and the adjacent archaeological sites, from the dispenser by Smeaton's Bridge or from the Carsphairn Heritage Group centre. The main archaeological sites are close to the road.
Walk 19 : Sanquhar to Polskeoch ...
19 miles. Strenuous.
A hill walk through open country and conifer plantation. Starting from Sanquhar information shelter, cross the bridge and turn sharp left. After 400 yards turn right across the front of the first house and follow the riverside path up the Euchan Water to the public road. Follow the road to Glenglass, cross the stile at the forest gate and follow the track over the hill. On joining the Southern Upland Way turn right to Polskeoch Bothy (300 yards) and Allan's Cairn (2 miles) but turn LEFT to return to Sanquhar via the Southern Upland Way.