Places to visit

Grey Mare's Tail Nature Reserve

Grey Mare's Tail Nature Reserve

A dramatic and mesmerising waterfall

  • See one of the UK’s highest waterfalls plunging 60m from Loch Skeen.

  • Enjoy a range of walks with breathtaking views. 

  • Be inspired – Sir Walter Scott fell in love with the landscape and wrote about it in Marmion.

  • Witness the effects of glacial erosion on the landscape and geology.

  • Keep a keen eye out for ospreys, ring ouzels, feral goats or nesting peregrine falcons.

It is easy to see how Grey Mare’s Tail got its name as you gaze at the tall, thin line of white frothing water.

The waterfall plunges 60m down into the Moffat Water Valley, a landscape created by glacial erosion over millions of years.

Grey Mare’s Tail is a superb example of a hanging valley and is important for its rare upland plants and wildlife. The area boasts a rich human history as well, dating back to at least the Iron Age. It has strong links to the 17th-century Covenanters, who used Watch Knowe as a lookout point in the valley to keep an eye out for government troops.