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Information Introduction The Walk
If it's desolation, remoteness and that "get away from it all" feel you are after, the Southern Upland Way is the one for you.
There is not the dramatic scenery of Lakeland or the West Highland Way but there are very many "high" points. There is a lot of forest walking but even this is varied and some road walking but on very quiet lanes. The route is very well signposted, as seems to be the norm in Scotland, and all the leaflet boxes were always well stocked no matter how remotely they were positioned. The bothies, of which there are five, proved more than uselful and we always found them clean and tidy (in a bothy sort of way).
We found the people of southern Scotland to be, not only friendly but, positively welcoming and seemed to go out of their way to talk and to help if they could.