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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  • The initial climb is steep and very hard but doesn't last too long before it even out in to a gentle climb. The waterfall is impressive but the loch is even more so  more »
  • this is a quiet and peaceful pastoral location with trails to the waterfalls. Very picturesque and worth the stopping! The terrain can be steep in spots so wear proper footwear but scenery is worth th...  more »
  • Lovely place to visit saw wild goats near car park very very scenic go see yourself is best it's a must... Ian and lillian  more »
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  • Fantastic place. Quite a strenuous walk, but good views of the waterfall after only a few minutes. Easy parking.
  • Excellent walk from the car park to the loch. With spectacular views of the waterfalls
  • Loved the waterfall and peace and quiet also so a got stuck on the side of mountain halfway down the waterfall poor thing xx
  • Great place lovely walk with family. Wild camp in campervan in car park.
  • 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
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