From a short stroll to a more challenging day in the hills, Grey Mare’s Tail has much to offer visitors.

The waterfall viewpoint is an easy 5 minute walk from the car park. Here you can relax on one of the wooden benches and just enjoy the sheer power and beauty of nature. Another low-level walk on the west side of the Tail Burn will get you closer to the thunderous roar of the falls.

If you really want to stretch your legs, the steep path to the right-hand side of the gorge offers excellent views of the waterfall and the Moffat Water Valley. The path is uphill at the start, but your efforts are rewarded again and again as the mountainous landscape unfolds. It takes about an hour to reach the glistening blue loch of Loch Skeen, the highest large upland natural loch in the Southern Uplands.

For the more adventurous, an expedition over the hilltops of Lochcraig Head and White Coomb will take about 5–6 hours. White Coomb is a Corbett (hills over 2,500ft/726m, but smaller than a Munro) and the highest hill in Dumfriesshire at 821m, with far-reaching views to the Lake District’s northern fells and the Cheviots in Northumberland.

During the summer, check our Events page for ranger-led walks on the nature reserve.


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