The Southern Upland Way is a 341 km coast to coast walk in Scotland between Portpatrick in the west and Cockburnspath in the east. I walked the route camping and staying in bothy’s during a wet couple of weeks in July 2009 during which time I met less than 10 people on the path.

Finger post at the start of the southern Upland Way long distance path, Portpatrick

Lichen, sedum and grass on the headland by Killantringan Lighthouse Scotland

Loch Derry seen under a cloud from Craig Airie Fell, Borders, Scotland

Ghostly trunks of timber forest next to a recently felled area near Laggangarn, Southern Uplands, Scotland

Wind turbines catch the light under a stormy landscape from Craig Airie Fell, Borders, Scotland

Cattle water troughs in a field near Stranrear, Scotland

Trig point of Craig Airie Fell looking east towards the Galloway hills, Southern Uplands, Scotland

Rusted cattle feeder and discarded cast iron bath Balmurrie, Scotland

Beehive Bothy, Near Laggangarn on the Southern Upland Way, Scotland

View west of fields in sunlight under a storm cloud from Benbrack near Cairnhead, Southern Uplands, Scotland

Drystone wall near St John's Town of Dalry, Southern Uplands, Scotland

Sanquhar town seen from near Shiel Hill on the Southern Upland Way, Scotland

Fence descending Benbrack in the Galloway Hills, Southern Uplands, Scotland.

"The manor", Church Street in the village of Wanlockhead, Dumfries and Galloway, Scotland. The sign on the wall says The Manor, the date above the door is 1989.

Markers by the road to Lowther Hill Radar Station from Wanlockhead, Southern Uplands, Scotland

Turf topped stone Sheepfold, Phawhope, Southern Uplands, Scotland

Clothes drying in White Laggan bothy interior South of Loch Dee, Southern Uplands, Scotland

Dryhope Tower built 1535 catches the evening sun, a ruined Scottish pele tower (castle keep) in the valley of the Yarrow Water, Scottish Borders, Scotland

Elidon Hills seen from the Three Brethren, Yair, Scottish Borders, Scotland

Pease Bay Holiday Home Park, Cockburnspath, Berwickshire, Scotland

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Photography © Quintin Lake, 2009