Where to go walking in Moffat and around

Explore on foot, Moffat, Open spaces, Towns and villages

Walking in Moffat and all across Southwest Scotland can be as challenging or as relaxed as you like.

Whether you want an all-day hike or just a gentle amble Moffat will be your perfect starting point.

Look out for the many way-marked routes around town.

Walking in Moffat and all across Southwest Scotland means: clean air, crowd-free spaces and vistas at every turn.

Which will entice you back again and again.

One recent visitor called it: ‘A hill walker’s dream.’

These are just a few of our favourite walks…

The magical walk

Join the Merlin trail and discover the real story behind the legendary wizard.

Merlin was one of the last great druids who lived right here in southern Scotland during the Dark Ages.

Now a major new trail uncovering the true story of Merlin and his ties to the South of Scotland has been revealed. Get close to his cave where he took shelter for over a decade.

But what’s fact and what’s fiction?

Find out about this little-known period in history at the Moffat Museum.

The woodland wander

Gallow Hill was once a commercial plantation and is now being replanted as a recreational broadleaf woodland with native species such as rowan, oak, holly, juniper and much more.

It’s now owned by the Moffat community for future generations to enjoy.

The mega march

It’s rugged, it’s steep, it’s 212 miles long… can you take on the Southern Upland Way?

Britain’s first official coast-to-coast, long-distance footpath is largely undiscovered by many walkers.

But ‘the Way’ has something for everyone. Hardy types love the challenge of the hill walking while the shorter stretches appeal to those who want to take it one step at a time.

The challenging circuit

The Annandale Way is 55 miles long and Moffat is its most northerly point.

Navigate steep climbs and rough ground as you follow the River Annan and discover delights such as a Roman watch tower and a classic U-shaped glaciated valley.

The dramatic trek

The Grey Mare’s Tail, a 60m waterfall and the fifth highest in the UK. This breathtaking nature reserve and hanging valley is home to stoats, goats and peregrine falcons.

Follow the falls all the way to the top on the well-defined path and you’ll discover Loch Skeen.

The hike with history

The impressive landmark that is the Devil’s Beef Tub is a 500ft deep hollow and its name refers to the practice of hiding cattle stolen during cross-border raids.

The high climb

Golf Course Hill is a short but fairly steep walk – you’ll need to put in some legwork.

And your reward?

The 180-degree panoramic vista of Moffat nestling in the hills of Upper Annandale and the Devil’s Beef Tub.

Plus you can practise your golf on an impressive 18-hole moorland course at The Moffat Golf Club.

The gentle jaunt

Walking in Moffat doesn’t have to be arduous.

Pick up the waterside walk following the River Annan which rises in the Devil’s Beef Tub and flows towards the Solway Firth.

And this walk is on the flat so no huffing and puffing is required.


And when you’ve had enough of walking, stop off at a pleasant eatery or cheap and cheerful cafe. Read more here.

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