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Grey Mare’s Tail

The Grey Mare’s Tail Nature reserve is best known for its magnificent waterfall – the fifth highest in the UK – and its uniquely dramatic scenery. The tumbling waters from Loch Skeen high above cascade down the ancient rocks as the features of this incredible hanging valley gradually unfold. The waterfall was sculpted from a succession of Ice Ages and when the ice sheets melted the tail burn was left dramatically hanging over 200 metres above the Moffat Water Valley below.

It is just a short walk for spectacular views of the fall or for the more adventurous there is a clear path all the way to the top which gives some of the most beautiful views in Southern Scotland. You can also see the Tail Burn ‘fort’ which is an Iron Age earthwork from over 2000 years ago and was used to protect the surrounding areas.

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The surrounding area forms the Grey Mare’s Tail Nature Reserve, owned by the National Trust for Scotland. The landscape is an open mosaic of heather and rough grazing and is botanically diverse containing the richest group of rare upland plants in Southern Scotland.

During the Religious wars of the 16th-18th Centuries the Covenanters used these hills and valleys to hide away from government troops. The reserve also includes Dobb’s Linn which is a site of world-wide importance to geologists. The name Dobb’s Linn originates from the name of a 17th Century covenanter, Halbert Dobson, who escaped from Government soldiers by hiding under the waterfall in the Linn Branch. In 1864 an amateur geologist, Charles Lapworth discovered at this site that you can discover the age of a layer of rock by studying the fossil graptolites within it. This process is still used for dating similar rocks across the world.

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The Grey Mare’s Tail Nature Reserve site is a must see on any visit to Scotland.


Mark and Lesley guided us around some fascinating sites within the region, some of which we did not know were there - even as locals!  The day was informative, relaxed and a great way to see around the wonderful, beautiful part of the world that we live in.

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The history, scenery and culture of Southern Scotland needs to be told and Lesley and Mark offer a fantastic balance of story telling and insightful knowledge of the area.

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What better way to spend your Monday morning than walking the Solway coastline in the Winter sunshine.

We were invited along to a guided walk from Rockcliffe to Rough Island and were guided by James, a friendly and knowledgeable NTS Ranger.

The weather was just perfect as we walked to Rough Island and we were fascinated to hear the conservation work that NTS are carrying out on the Island and along the Solway Riviera.

James was a fantastic Guide and we would highly recommend others to join one of the many guided walks that NTS have organised over the next few weeks.

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