Grey Mare’s Tail Waterfall & Loch Skeen

Grey Mare’s Tail Waterfall & Loch Skeen

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This breathtaking place features a 60m high waterfall and a loch at the top all set in the beautiful Moffat hills. Looks particularly stunning after plenty of rainfall. The walk is a steep climb up an established path (return by same route). Dogs are welcome but must be kept under control at all times to avoid disturbing livestock and wildlife, either on a lead or returning immediately on command. Owners should be very careful of letting their dog wander too far off the path as the hills slope very steeply down to the waterfall on one side. Open all year, but visit in late summer (Aug/Sept) to see the purples and pinks of the heather flowering all over the hills or visit in late autumn (Oct) for stunning orange and green contrasts on the hills. Parking: £3 for the day – Fair sized car park but can get busy in good weather. If full, alternative parking can be found slightly further along the road. Length: 2.75 miles/4.5km Route: From the car park head across the bridge and follow the path all the way as it climbs up the side of the slope. The waterfall will come into view as you keep climbing, look out for sheep and wild mountain goats sharing the hills with you. Go as far as you like before turning back or for those wanting more; continue following the path all the way to the top until you reach Loch Skeen. If you’re really up for an adventure you can hike up to one of the surrounding peaks (or do all of them in a loop), serious hillwalkers with correct equipment only. Refreshments/Amenities: Fancy a picnic: There is a bench at the start of the walk by the car park, or sit on a blanket alongside the bubbling brook. Need something more substantial: The nearest town is Moffat (10 miles), a lovely town popular with visitors, lots of walks in and around the town too. There are a variety of shops and many dog friendly pubs. (The Buccleuch Arms & The Star are some of our favs)

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