Itinerary (6 nights)
Total Distance - 55 miles, 88k
Longest Day - 14 miles, 22.5k
Average Day - 11miles, 17k
Available from April to end of September
Day 1 - Arrive and overnight in Annan
Annan is best reached by train or bus from Carlisle, or there is a bus service from Edinburgh. The town has mediaeval origins, and was granted the status of Royal Burgh by the family of Robert the Bruce, and developed as a market town to the busy local centre of today, with a selection of pubs, restaurants and shops for visitors.
Day 2 - Newbiebarns to Hoddom Bridge - 10.5 mls, 17k
We arrange a short transfer by car to the start of the walk at Newbiebarns - "this wild place of the world" as described by none other than Rabbie Burns. You walk along the coast for a mile or so to Barnkirk Point, then start following the River Annan as it winds north to get you back to Annan. Once through Annan, you have some more gentle riverside walking till you reach the end of your walk at Hoddom Bridge. From there we arrange a short transfer to your accommodation. Overnight near Hoddom Bridge or in Lochmaben
Day 3 - Hoddom Bridge to Lochmaben - 14 miles, 22.5k
After a short transfer to Hoddom Bridge, there is more delightful walking, mainly through pastureland, as the river meanders past you. A short climb to Joe Graham's Monument offer fabulous views of all of Annandale, before a drop through woodland towards Hightae and the Castle Loch, on edge of today's stop, the pleasant village of Lochmaben, with its stone cottages and bright painted window surrounds. Overnight in Lochmaben
Day 4 - Lochmaben to St Ann's - 10 miles, 16k
Quite a short day with fairly gentle walking, often beside Kinnel Water, a tributary of the Annan. The end of the day brings you towards the uplands. Great opportunities to see wildlife - dippers, kingfishers, and even otters have been spotted by walkers on this stretch. From St Ann's, there is a short transfer to Johnstonebridge. Overnight Johnstonebridge
Day 5 St Ann's to Moffat - 7 miles, 11k
You start off through parkland at Raehills House and soon get into the solitude of the hills, following an old drovers' path, and then passing Beattock Fort. Just before Beattock, you join the Southern Upland Way as it drops below the M74 and in to the thriving market town of Moffat, a good place to spend a quiet afternoon if you arrive early.
Day 6 The Devil's Beeftub - Circular Walk from Moffat - 13.5 miles, 22k
This is one of the South of Scotland's best day walks, skirting the edges of a classic glaciated valley. The walk involves quite a stiff climb out of Moffat as you head onto the open moorland. The views at the top are spectacular, as you look down into the beautifully sculpted corrie below you, where the waters of the River Annan start their journey to the sea. A memorable way to finish your holiday.
Day 7 Depart Moffat
Moffat has direct bus services to Edinburgh and Glasgow, and a local bus to Lockerbie on the main west coast train line.