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.
Please be careful when walking at Grey Mare's Tail and read our safety advice.
Use of unmanned aerial vehicles (drones) at Grey Mare's Tail
Visitors must seek and receive permission from the Property Manager before flying an unmanned aerial vehicle at Grey Mare's Tail. Drone operators (both commercial and amateur) must have public liability insurance in place and provide insurance details on application. All requests from commercial operators must go via the Trust's Filming Manager.
The Footpath Fund is dedicated to protecting Scotland’s majestic landscape from the damaging effects of erosion. You can help us in our footpath conservation work by donating today to the One Wee Step campaign. All your donations will go towards path repair projects at the spectacular properties under our protection.