Grey Mare’s Tail Nature Reserve

Grey Mare's Tail


Grey Mare's Tail Nature Reserve

Grey Mare's Tail is an impressive upland property. The centrepiece of this site is the dramatic waterfall, cascading into the Moffat Water Valley. The area is a paradise for botanists and wildlife enthusiasts, who come to observe the rare upland plants, peregrines and ring ouzels, feral goats and, occasionally, mountain hares. Historians can seek out evidence of Iron Age settlers and 17th-century Covenanters who also took refuge here.

National Trust for Scotland

The whole area around these falls belongs to the National Trust for Scotland and is rich in wild flowers.   The valley opens up below and a car park at the bottom of the Grey Mare's Tail has information panels and maps to help you plan your walk up the side of the falls.

A 100m surfaced path leads over a footbridge to a waterfall viewpoint. The surrounding terrain is rough and the hills are very steep. Great for walking and dog friendly. We welcome School and Group visits and have a parking area but as the terrain is very mountainous wheel chair access is limited.

The waterfall

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 breath taking views extending as far as the Lake District and Northumberland to the south.

  • See one of the UK’s highest waterfalls plunging 60m from Loch Skeen.
  • Enjoy a range of walks with breath taking 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.