The Annandale Way in Dumfries & Galloway is now officially open & is sure to attract walkers near & far who will be keen to discover this new Scottish walk .
This 55 mile route links Moffat & Annan & can be walked either north to south or visa versa.
The Annandale Way has been designed to be achievable in 4 to 5 days, with overnight stops envisaged in Moffat, Johnstone Bridge / Annandale Estate, Lochmaben / Hightae or Lockerbie, and Annan. There is also the option of doing a shorter 2 or 3 day circuit or day walks by using local public transport.
Taking the north to south route, the Annandale Way begins with a circular trek of the Devils Beef Tub (a dramatic 500-foot deep hollow formed by two hills), high above the source of the river Annan. You will then make a steady descent on the tub's eastern side in to the valley before meeting up with the river Annan.
Along the valley you will pass Gallow Hill to your left before reaching the popular market town of Moffat. The route then takes you south of Moffat along the 'crooked road' out of Beattock & over higher ground to Craigielandshill & then down onto the Earl of Annandale’s Estate through picteresque forests & over farmland down the valley to Millhousebridge. Here the route splits in to eastern & western arms that go through Lockerbie & Lochmaben respectively.
The Lockerbie arm takes in Applegarthtown, Millhousebridge and the Lockerbie Wildlife Trust’s Eskrigg Nature reserve and a short walk either along the main road (A709 & noisy) or via the wood and Quaas Loaning brings you close to Tarras Guest House.
The western Lochmaben arm takes in Castle Loch with it is new sculpture trail & then goes up past Hightae on it is way to Joe Grahams monument for fantastic views of the whole of Annandale. A half-hourly bus service will take you from Lochmaben to Lockerbie for your nights stay with us. There are supermarkets, several pubs and good food in the town.
The arms meet up again north of Hoddam Bridge where they then follow the stunning river Annan as it meanders down through Annan & on to its finish at Newbie Barns on the Solway Coast.
As there is no suitable accommodation near Hoddam Bridge, we suggest staying for a second night with us and using the Bus service (from Hoddam Cross) to travel to Lockerbie and back. If you book 2 nights with us and you have trouble getting to and from Hoddam, we will collect/deliver you ourselves.
The Annandale Way was developed by Sulwath Connections & the local communities.