Gazing at this mesmerising waterfall – one of the UK’s highest – it’s easy to see how Grey Mare’s Tail got its name, with its tall, thin line of white frothing water. Hike up the steep slopes to Loch Skeen, a glassy pool of mountain water and the source of the waterfall, or challenge yourself to reach the summit of White Coomb to enjoy awe-inspiring views.
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.
Enjoy a variety of walking routes on the nature reserve. Wherever you stand, the views are fantastic and you might even catch sight of a bird of prey or feral goat.
On A708, 10M NE of Moffat