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If blissful rambling for days on end across vast tracts of wild land without seeing another soul sounds alluring, then this is the place for you. On your walks in Dumfries and Galloway, you’ll quickly discover how easy it is to fall in love with this secretive part of Scotland.

Its solitudinous hills, silent summits, vast coastline and hidden beaches are all perfect remedies to the cares of modern life. Whether you are on a short afternoon stroll or a multi-day adventure, you are unlikely to meet many others. And those you do greet will be grinning as widely as you are.

Hikes in Dumfries and Galloway take you into seemingly endless woodland, onto the rough yet rewarding hills of the Southern Uplands and amongst a cornucopia of stunning wildlife. Red squirrels wander between the trees whilst ospreys and golden eagles claim dominion over the skies. Until night falls, that is, when the heavens are ablaze in some of the most magnificent celestial displays in Britain.


Top 20 best walks and hikes in Dumfries and Galloway

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    Intermediate
    02:43
    6.21 mi
    2.3 mph
    475 ft
    475 ft
    Intermediate Hiking Tour. Good fitness required. Easily-accessible paths. Suitable for all skill levels.
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    Intermediate
    02:38
    6.01 mi
    2.3 mph
    475 ft
    475 ft
    Intermediate Hiking Tour. Good fitness required. Easily-accessible paths. Suitable for all skill levels.
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    Intermediate
    02:02
    2.79 mi
    1.4 mph
    900 ft
    900 ft
    Intermediate Hiking Tour. Good fitness required. Mostly accessible paths. Sure-footedness required.
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    Intermediate
    02:27
    5.65 mi
    2.3 mph
    375 ft
    375 ft
    Intermediate Hiking Tour. Good fitness required. Easily-accessible paths. Suitable for all skill levels.
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    Intermediate
    02:00
    4.68 mi
    2.3 mph
    250 ft
    250 ft
    Intermediate Hiking Tour. Good fitness required. Easily-accessible paths. Suitable for all skill levels.
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    Intermediate
    02:24
    3.48 mi
    1.5 mph
    1,650 ft
    1,650 ft
    Intermediate Hiking Tour. Good fitness required. Easily-accessible paths. Suitable for all skill levels.
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    Easy
    01:33
    3.51 mi
    2.3 mph
    275 ft
    275 ft
    Easy hike. Great for any fitness level. Easily-accessible paths. Suitable for all skill levels.
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    Intermediate
    03:58
    7.34 mi
    1.9 mph
    1,800 ft
    1,800 ft
    Intermediate Hiking Tour. Good fitness required. Easily-accessible paths. Suitable for all skill levels.
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    Intermediate
    02:06
    5.02 mi
    2.4 mph
    175 ft
    175 ft
    Intermediate Hiking Tour. Good fitness required. Easily-accessible paths. Suitable for all skill levels.
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    Easy
    01:47
    3.35 mi
    1.9 mph
    900 ft
    900 ft
    Easy hike. Great for any fitness level. Easily-accessible paths. Suitable for all skill levels.
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    Easy
    01:20
    3.07 mi
    2.3 mph
    200 ft
    200 ft
    Easy hike. Great for any fitness level. Easily-accessible paths. Suitable for all skill levels.
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    Intermediate
    02:11
    4.93 mi
    2.3 mph
    425 ft
    425 ft
    Intermediate Hiking Tour. Good fitness required. Easily-accessible paths. Suitable for all skill levels.
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    Intermediate
    02:03
    4.76 mi
    2.3 mph
    300 ft
    300 ft
    Intermediate Hiking Tour. Good fitness required. Easily-accessible paths. Suitable for all skill levels.
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    Intermediate
    02:56
    6.87 mi
    2.3 mph
    350 ft
    350 ft
    Intermediate Hiking Tour. Good fitness required. Easily-accessible paths. Suitable for all skill levels.
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    Intermediate
    04:28
    7.36 mi
    1.6 mph
    1,925 ft
    1,925 ft
    Intermediate Hiking Tour. Good fitness required. Mostly accessible paths. Sure-footedness required.
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    Easy
    01:30
    3.65 mi
    2.4 mph
    50 ft
    50 ft
    Easy hike. Great for any fitness level. Easily-accessible paths. Suitable for all skill levels.
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    Intermediate
    02:16
    5.20 mi
    2.3 mph
    350 ft
    350 ft
    Intermediate Hiking Tour. Good fitness required. Easily-accessible paths. Suitable for all skill levels.
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    Intermediate
    02:22
    5.33 mi
    2.3 mph
    475 ft
    475 ft
    Intermediate Hiking Tour. Good fitness required. Easily-accessible paths. Suitable for all skill levels.
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    Intermediate
    02:23
    5.65 mi
    2.4 mph
    225 ft
    250 ft
    Intermediate Hiking Tour. Good fitness required. Easily-accessible paths. Suitable for all skill levels.
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    Easy
    01:01
    2.36 mi
    2.3 mph
    125 ft
    125 ft
    Easy hike. Great for any fitness level. Easily-accessible paths. Suitable for all skill levels.
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The UK’s largest forest park

Many of the best hiking trails in Dumfries and Galloway explore Galloway Forest Park, the UK’s largest. Sprawling across much of the west, it boasts a range of wonders covering around 300 square miles (480 km2) of sparsely populated woodland, glens, lochs and hills. The UK’s first ever dark sky reserve, it’s the perfect place for a spectacular wild camp.

The park is criss-crossed by trails for all ages and abilities. Enjoy a woodland ramble, circular Lochside routes or explore ancient battle sites. The challenge of taking on the Merrick is a wonderful experience. At 2,766 feet (843 m), it is the highest hill in Southern Scotland, offering sublime views across this gorgeously wild landscape.

Some of the UK’s best kept hiking secrets

Dumfries and Galloway contains some of the UK’s best kept hiking secrets. The Moffat Hills in the east reward your curiosity with majestic waterfalls, sumptuous native woodland and high mountain lochs. There are a number of possibilities for horseshoe routes here amongst a wavy sea of green rising from a network of uninhabited glens.

Hikes in Dumfries and Galloway can also take you onto 200 miles (322 km) of captivating coastline. The ornithologist in you will marvel at the majestic Solway Firth’s rugged shore: a magnet for migratory birds. For a unique vantage of the Solway and the distant Lake District, an ascent of 1,870-foot (570 m) Criffel’s heather slopes is delightful.

In the far west, The Mull of Galloway boasts breathtaking cliff views, secret sandy beaches and stonking sunsets across the Irish Channel. Trek your way to Scotland’s most southerly point and keep an eye out for dolphins and porpoises amongst the waves.

A land teeming with wildlife

Inhabiting this vast region of beautiful forests, untamed glens, windswept hills and serene lochs is a plethora of wildlife. Classic Scottish sights are numerous during walks in Dumfries and Galloway. Mountain hares, grouse, deer and goats are all common, whilst the red squirrel is protected in the Galloway Forest Park. The skies are patrolled by all manner of fascinating birdlife, such as hen harriers, ospreys and skylarks. Nothing compares to the sight of the huge golden eagle riding the thermals, prospecting the land below for its next meal.

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