Trip Planner:   Europe  /  UK  /  Scotland  /  Dumfries and Galloway  /  Moffat  /  Nature  /  Grey Mare's Tail

Grey Mare's Tail, Moffat

(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
For travelers who use our international travel planner, Moffat holidays become easier to arrange, with trips to the Grey Mare's Tail and other attractions mapped out and timetabled.
Create a full Moffat itinerary

Plan your trip to Moffat

  • Get a personalized plan

    A complete day-by-day itinerary
    based on your preferences
  • Customize it

    Refine your plan. We'll find the
    best routes and schedules
  • Book it

    Choose from the best hotels
    and activities. Up to 50% off
  • Manage it

    Everything in one place.
    Everyone on the same page.
  • Amazing views of this when we stopped, weather was misty and raining which added to the drama of the waterfall. Loved it  more »
  • Stunning views, beautiful countryside and a surprise at the summit. The most tranquil loch. It is a very steep climb, take your time, and keep going the loch at the top is worth the effort. You do nee...  more »
  • Access is very easy with Moffat ok. 20 minutes by car. Easy route in the Lake Skeen. Beautiful views.
    View original
  • Beautiful location. A steep and at time harrowing climb, but well worth the effort.
  • Love love love the trail! 1st 100 feet burn your legs but its ok after that!
  • Good walk, not to challenging. Great views
  • Beautiful spot. Park up at the waterfall, hike up to Loch Skeen and pitch your tent for the night
  • Beautiful spot when the weather is good. The waterfall is quite a sight regardless of which side you go up.