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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 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.
Did you know?

During the 17th century the area was used as a hideout by Covenanters fleeing from the murderous John Graham of Claverhouse. At nearby Bran Law he is said to have ridden a ‘black charger’ given to him by the devil.

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The A708 will be open from 16.30 today. There will still be some roadworks managed by temporary traffic lights at various locations. These works will continue for a few weeks.

Nature Reserve: all year, daily.

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