South­ern Up­lands

Trail (UK) - - Southern Uplands -

1 NT238203 From the car park at the north­ern end of Loch of the Lowes turn right and cross the road bridge to­wards the Tib­bie Shiels Inn. Shortly af­ter the bridge turn left off the road onto a track – this is the South­ern Up­land Way (SUW). Fol­low the track along the east bank of St Mary’s Loch with a for­est on your right. At the end of the loch stay on the SUW and cross a small bridge and then the A708.

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Con­tinue fol­low­ing the SUW head­ing gen­er­ally north pass­ing the ru­ined Dry­hope Tower and con­tin­u­ing on the track to reach Dou­glas Burn. Cross this and turn left onto a larger track at Black­house, be­low the ruin of the Black­house Tower. At the sharp right turn in the track, leave the SUW and con­tinue north­west on a forestry track which fol­lows the Dou­glas Burn. Con­tinue on this track un­til you can take a right turn onto a track head­ing north into the woods.

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Fol­low this forestry track al­most due north, fork left af­ter about 1km and con­tinue to the north­ern edge of the for­est. Turn left here and fol­low the edge of the for­est over Peat Hill to join a path head­ing right, away from the for­est. NT264303 Fol­low 4 this path gen­er­ally north, con­tour­ing above Glen­shiel Banks and climb­ing to the ridge above Stake Law. Fol­low the path up­hill to the main ridge, turn left and fol­low the fence line south-west to the sum­mit of Stake Law. Con­tinue fol­low­ing the fence line to the trig point on the sum­mit of Dun Rig. NT253315 From 5 Dun Rig fol­low the ridge in a south-west­erly di­rec­tion over sev­eral sum­mits to reach Black Cleuch Hill. Head south from here along the ridge over Black­house Heights, Black Law, Con­scle­uch head and Deer Law. Fi­nally fol­low the ridge to the south-west to the sum­mit of Broomy Law and then drop down south to the road.

NT226233 Turn 6 left and fol­low the road east to the junc­tion with the A708 at Cap­per­cleuch. Turn right here and fol­low the road, a track to the west of the road or the St Mary’s Loch lake­side path across Megget Wa­ter and south to the foot of the loch and the start of the route.

Descend­ing Dun Rig into Glen­sax.

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