• Wild goats can be seen on the walk to Grey Mare's Tail
    Wild goats can be seen on the walk to Grey Mare's Tail© The National Trust for Scotland
  • The view to Grey Mare's Tail
    The view to Grey Mare's Tail© The National Trust for Scotland
  • The fifth highest waterfall in the UK
    The fifth highest waterfall in the UK© The National Trust for Scotland
  • Loch Skeen, in the Moffat Water Valley
    Loch Skeen, in the Moffat Water Valley© The National Trust for Scotland
  • The rugged winter landscape of Moffat valley
    The rugged winter landscape of Moffat valley© The National Trust for Scotland

Best known for its magnificent waterfall – the fifth highest in the UK – and uniquely dramatic scenery, Grey Mare’s Tail is a superb example of a hanging valley.

The area boasts a rich history as well, and is important for its rare upland plants and wildlife.

Take a ten minute walk for spectacular views of the fall, which cascades from Loch Skeen into the Moffat Water Valley from a rocky precipice 60m (200ft) above.

Or climb the steep slopes of White Coomb (821m/2,694ft, the highest hill in Dumfriesshire) for even more spectacular views.

You can also see the Tail Burn ‘fort’, an Iron Age earthwork. Although it has long been known as the ‘Giant’s Grave’ it is not a burial mound, and may be defensive or perhaps even a ritual site.


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