Grey Mare's Tail, Nature Reserve

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Grey Mare's Tail, Nature Reserve

Grey Mare’s Tail Nature Reserve is situated just across the Dumfries and Galloway border in Moffat Water Valley .This National Trust for Scotland property extends over 922 hectares and is characterised by a dramatic waterfall (the 5th highest in the UK), and upland loch and White Coomb, which rises to 821m and is one of the highest hills in Southern Scotland.  The post-glacial landscape is an open mosaic of heather and rough grazing that includes 8 habitats of European importance and many plant species of international, national and regional significance.  The reserve is botanically outstanding, containing the richest assemblage of rare upland plants in Southern Scotland.

  • Notable animal species: Peregrine Falcon, Ring Ouzel, Raven, Vendace and Wild Goats
  • Rare plants: many, including Oblong Woodsia, Montane Willows, Alpine Saw-wort

Best In: at all times of the year.

Location

24 miles south west of Selkirk

Post Code: DG10 9DP.
Grid Reference: NT 185 145.
GPS Co-ordinates:

How to get there

By car: follow the A708 from Selkirk to Moffat.  Park at the National Trust for Scotland Grey Mare’s Tail car park, 24 miles south west of Selkirk town centre.  The waterfall viewpoint is a short distance from the car park.

No bus service.

Facilities

  • Information board and Interpretation Trailer with CCTV of Peregrine Falcon nest.
  • Two car parks (£2 pay and display)
  • Property leaflets are available in the car park
  • A hardcore path runs from the main car park across an all-ability bridge to the waterfall viewing area.
  • Wooden benches at the waterfall viewing area.
  • Bike rack
  • An upland path from the car park to Loch Skeen (allow one hour one way)
  • Guided walks during July and August
  • School group visits and guided tours can be arranged.

Contact

The National Trust for Scotland
Reserve Manager: Richard Clarkson
Mobile (daytime): 0844 493 2249
Email: greymare’stail@nts.org.uk
Website: www.nts.org.uk

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Site Map

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Photo by John Scott
Peregrine Nest
Ring Ouzel
Wild Goat