Walking and Nature

Walking in the South of Scotland and Nature Watch Walking Scotland – As we are located on the Southern Upland Way and with the Moffat and Beattock Hills on our door step we are ideally placed for all kind of walking. Nearby forests and the Beattock and Moffat hills contain all levels of walks. Booklets of short walks and maps are available and there are regular walking events in the area. Moffat is soon to become the first ‘walkers welcome’ town in Scotland. Our drying facilities and the warm comfortable accommodation will ensure that you and your kit is ready for the next day.

Southern Upland Way Situated on the route at the halfway point, Lochhouse Farm is ‘Walker Friendly’ and offers value for money comfortable accommodation. Individual walking agendas can be arranged with luggage transfer, pick up and drop off as well as laundry and drying facilities. Hot food and supplies can also be provided The Southern Upland Way is Britain’s first official coast to coast long distance footpath. It runs 212 miles (340 kms) from Portpatrick on the south-west coast of Scotland to Cockburnspath on the eastern seaboard. It offers superb and varied walking country, still undiscovered by many enthusiasts. The Way provides a real challenge for the experienced walker, yet some of the shorter stretches are suitable for families and the less ambitious. The Southern Uplands have been heavily sculpted and rounded by the effects of glaciation to leave a series of gently rolling hills with occasional rocky outcrops.

For more information visit: http://www.southernuplandway.gov.uk/cms/

Nature Watch – Birds, wild flowers, burns, water fowl, Red Squirrel whatever your interest there is something close by for you to experience. The Moffat & District Wildlife Club has developed and runs a local nature reserve and holds events and competitions throughout the year. visit www.moffatwildlife.co.uk  www.moffatcommunitynaturereserve.co.uk

Or visit http://www.dumgal.gov.uk and search ‘Wildlife’ then select ‘countryside – your area’ from list. For a full range of local activities throughout the year please go to About the Area or look at www.visitmoffat.co.uk or www.dumfries-and-galloway.co.uk