Grey Mare's Tail, Moffat

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Grey Mare's Tail is a 60m hanging valley waterfall near to Moffat in southern Scotland. The fall is produced by the Tail Burn flowing from Loch Skeen cascading into the Moffat Water in the lower valley below.The surrounding area forms the Grey Mare's Tail Nature Reserve, owned by the National Trust for Scotland. The footpath from the valley floor up to Loch Skeen is one of the more popular walks in the area. Parking is also provided.Grey Mare’s Tail Nature Reserve is situated along the Moffat Water Valley in the heart of the Southern Uplands. This National Trust for Scotland property extends over 922 hectares and is characterised by a dramatic waterfall (the 5th highest in the UK), an upland loch Loch Skeen and White Coomb which rises to 821m and is one of the highest hills in Southern Scotland. The post-glacial landscape is an open mosaic of heather and rough grazing that includes 8 habitats of European importance and many plant species of international, national and regional significance. The reserve is botanically diverse, containing the richest assemblage of rare upland plants in Southern Scotland.Recognised as a Special Area of Conservation, Grey Mare's Tail Nature Reserve is popular with hill walkers, botanists and wildlife enthusiasts.There is also historical evidence of Iron Age settlers and the Covenanters who sought sanctuary here in the 17th centuryNotable animal species: Peregrine Falcon, Ring Ouzel, Raven, Vendace and Wild GoatsRare plants: many, including Oblong Woodsia, Montane Willows, Alpine Saw-wort
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  • Not only did we get a walk up both sides of the waterfall we saw plenty of wildlife. We saw a pair of peregrine falcons as well as plenty of other birds. Plenty of wild goats and sheep. Great views up...  more »
  • We got engaged here 26 years ago and have often talked of coming back. Beautiful and unspoiled .. Does you good to just breath in that air. Perfect .....but I'm biased of course.  more »
  • We decided to visit the Grey Mares Tail even it raining, anyway this is Scotland. The weather didn't bother us but we can't walk up the hills to get a better view but I came back the next day when sun...  more »
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  • We love this place and I've been coming here for the last 8 years with my family. It's usually raining but that never stops us from have a great time
  • Wonderful sceanary, great place for a walk and fresh air, kids love playing around the river, good car parking facilities
  • Lovely walk on a lovely day. Take change for the parking meters though.
  • The waterfall is stunning! Well worth a visit if you're close by. There is free parking close by and the walk down to the waterfall is beautiful and well signposted - of you're happy to walk through the water you can get some great views close to the falls! Fantastic spot for photography!
  • Very nice place to walk.

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