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Grey Mare's Tail, Moffat

Categories: Waterfalls, Nature & Parks
Inspirock Rating:
4.7/5 based on 100 reviews on the web
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 car park is fairly small and I would have liked it to be free as the only alternative is parking on the side of the very narrow road. The climb is pretty well established and affords wonderful vie...  read more »
  • A lovely waterfall to see in some beautiful countryside. You can get a very nice view of the waterfall from the car park, but there a couple of other viewing places where you get a better view. There ...  read more »
  • Worth the 15 minute drive and the short walk to see the falls. Would try again in summer when we could do one of the longer walks 
  • Love love love the trail! 1st 100 feet burn your legs but its ok after that!
  • Beautiful spot. Park up at the waterfall, hike up to Loch Skeen and pitch your tent for the night
  • Beautiful location. A steep and at time harrowing climb, but well worth the effort.
  • Good walk, not to challenging. Great views
  • Beautiful spot when the weather is good. The waterfall is quite a sight regardless of which side you go up.
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