The Route

Following the River Annan 40 miles from source to sea the Annandale Way is an accessible treasure. It starts from the deliciously named Devil's Beef Tub and finishes as the river empties into the Solway Firth. 

Close to the border, the Annandale Way is traditionally walked from north to south, following the course of the River Annan for 56 miles (90km). The Annan’s source is near the Devil's Beef Tub, a remarkable hollow amidst the bulk of several hills. The river flows south around 40 miles to enter the Solway at the Barnkirk headland. Along the way it receives the waters of the Kinnel, the Moffat, the Dryfe and the Water of Milk.


Route Sections

Our ranger team divide the route up into 6 sections.

These sections are designed to be manageable in a single day, though some are shorter than others. It's intended that your journey will only include 4 sections as the Annandale Way features alternate middle sections.

The Annandale Way starts in Moffat with a circular route around the Devil’s Beef Tub. It splits to the south, with alternative west and east sections to take in either Lockerbie or Lochmaben. These options reconnect at Hoddom and the route ends at Newbiebarns near Annan, on the Solway Firth.

Each section has unique features, and can be very different from one another. Discover more about each section here.

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