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Grey Mare’s Tail Nature Reserve

One of Scotland’s favourite waterfalls takes a spectacular 60m plunge into the valley below.
Grey Mare’s Tail waterfall
Overview
  • 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.

  • Spot the effects of glacial erosion on the landscape.

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

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About this place

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, one of the UK’s highest, plunges 60m down into the Moffat Water Valley. This dramatic upland landscape was created by glacial erosion over millions of years and unfolds further up steep slopes past the waterfall to the picturesque Loch Skeen. Towering above the loch are the peaks of Lochcraig Head, Mid Craig and the summit of White Coomb (821m), with breathtaking views extending as far as the Lake District and Northumberland to the south.

Grey Mare’s Tail is a paradise for wildlife enthusiasts, who come to see the rare upland plants, peregrine falcons, ring ouzels, feral goats and, if you are lucky, ospreys fishing in the loch. Loch Skeen is also home to Britain’s rarest freshwater fish, the vendace.

The area boasts a rich human history as well, dating back to at least the Iron Age. In the 17th century Covenanters used Watch Knowe as a lookout point in the valley to keep an eye out for government troops.