A Guide To: The Southern Upland Way – Cove to Pease Bay

Southern Upland Way
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The Out About Scotland complete guide to the Southern Upland Way from Cove to Pease Bay

What’s this attraction all about?

The Southern Upland Way runs for over 212 miles between the west and east coasts of southern Scotland, from Portpatrick in the south-west to Cockburnspath in the south-east. While much of the route is unknown to casual walkers, many hiking enthusiasts complete the trail in its entirety each year, starting on one side of the country and coming back each weekend to finish off another section.

Both west and east ends of the Southern Upland Way feature some truly remarkable landscapes to explore, but this last section on the east coast is definitely worth a visit thanks to the spectacular coastal views it offers.



What can you do there?

This part of the Berwickshire coastline offers plenty of variety for seasoned walkers and yet it’s also gentle enough that families can enjoy a leisurely stroll along the sculptured cliff-tops and gently rolling hills. Hiking enthusiasts who have recently completed the previous section of the trail will likely have had a tough hike through the nearby Lammermuir Hills to get here, but for those people who are just beginning their journey on the Southern Upland Way this starting point at the pretty coastal village of Cove provides an easy walk along well-worn paths.

Starting at the car park in Cove you will see the signs that point in the direction of Pease Bay, while there’s also an alternative route down to Cove Harbour. It’s worth taking the time to check out the harbour with its secluded beach and old harbour walls, but returning to the clifftop path will take you onto the main route that offers the lovely views that draw most tourists here.

Along the trail you’ll find gently rolling farmland to one side and the crashing waves of the north sea to the other, while the entire route is home to loads of wildlife hiding in the thick gorse bushes that line the path, so be sure to take your camera with you.

There are a few extremely tempting uninhabited bays and beaches all along this section of the trail, but they’re at the bottom of some very steep slopes so it’s best to just stick to the designated walkway. After an hour of walking you’ll reach the headland of Pease Bay with the wide-open, golden beach stretching away in front of you, so if you want to get down to the sea-front just follow the path down towards the caravan park.

The more adventurous who are intending to finish the next part of the Southern Upland Way can continue past the caravan park onto the main road which has further signs pointing towards the next section, and those who have simply come here to admire the views can now turn around and take a leisurely stroll back to Cove car park.


What I liked about this attraction

  • It’s a lovely walk
  • There’s lots to see on the route
  • Cove harbour is fantastic. It’s a real hidden gem

What I didn’t like about this attraction

  • I haven’t got any negative comments about this attraction

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Prices and opening times

The Southern Upland Way is a public footpath which is freely accessible at all times. There may be car parking charges at certain points, although as of 2018 there is no fee to park at Cove car park.


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Cove to Pease Bay (the start of the walk at Cove)Cove to Pease Bay (Cove Bay)Cove to Pease Bay (the walk down to Cove Harbour)Cove to Pease Bay (the harbour wall)Cove to Pease Bay (old harbour buildings)Cove to Pease Bay (the tunnel entrance to Cove Harbour beach)Cove to Pease Bay (gorse bushes)Cove to Pease Bay (lots of weathered rocks along the coastline)Cove to Pease Bay (boats still have moorings at Cove Harbour)Cove to Pease Bay (Cove Harbour from the walking route above)Cove to Pease Bay (looking back at Cove beach)Cove to Pease Bay (Cove Harbour from the Southern Upland Way)Cove to Pease Bay (looking north from Pease Bay)Cove to Pease Bay (close-up of flowering gorse bushes)Cove to Pease Bay (lots of wildlife along the Southern Upland Way)Cove to Pease Bay (bees love the flowers here)Cove to Pease Bay (looking down at Cove Harbour)Cove to Pease Bay (the path towards Pease Bay)Cove to Pease Bay (steep slopes to get to the beaches on the coastline here)Cove to Pease Bay (the beach before Pease Bay)Cove to Pease Bay (Pease Bay looking south)Cove to Pease Bay (Pease Bay)

Craig Smith

Craig Smith is your guide to the best attractions in Scotland. He loves exploring the Scottish wilds and is happiest when he's knee-deep in a muddy bog in the middle of nowhere.

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