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“Windy on a Blue Sky Day” 4 of 5 stars
Review of Grey Mare's Tail

Grey Mare's Tail
Scotland
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Type: Waterfalls, Outdoors
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Edinburgh, United Kingdom
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“Windy on a Blue Sky Day”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 5, 2014

Often passing the sign for the Grey Mare’s Tail at Moffat I only got the chance to visit in July 2013 after not being able to get parked at St Mary’s Loch. The weather was absolutely glorious although there were blue skies it was still very windy. The main thing that was off-putting was the fact it cost £2 for parking but we’d brought a snack and drink so planned to sit by the river anyway to soak up the sun.

Decent footwear is required if you are planning on walking up the hills towards waterfall and it probably isn’t for anyone afraid of heights! At first we headed up the hill to left (rather than to the right up to loch) but it was a little disappointing as it was barred off for being dangerous. With the wind picking up we decided against the longer walk but there is a little display at the base and it does make a lovely spot for a picnic.

Visited July 2013
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“Awesome”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 20, 2014

All I can say is awesome! Well worth the climb, the views are second to none and its all worth it when you get to loch skeen, so peaceful and tranquil. Took a while for us to climb as I am not the fittest but I am so glad I did it has boosted my self esteem and I have some brilliant photos.

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“Great hike”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 11, 2013

Walking is the thing to do in the Moffat area. This hike has to be one of the more memorable. At first you hike up and up and up. After hiking up a little more it starts to level out. Dressing appropriately is a challenge. If it's above freezing, shorts and T-shirt will probably be adequate for the climb up. After that, you might need to add some layers. Take a rain coat. We didn't have time to make it to White Coomb. Next time.

Important note: The nearest public toilets are 5 miles to the north-east at St Mary's Loch or 10 miles to the south-west in Moffat. Go before you go.

We wanted to go to the Devil's Beef Tub next. The ranger in the car park suggested we drive north to St. Mary's Loch, cut across on the only road, then drop down on the A701. We'd been lost several times already and were skeptical but we tried it. It was an interesting route and took us through some remote areas. Give it a try.

Visited August 2013
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“Scenery at it's best.”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 31, 2013

Located in an area owned and administered by National Trust for Scotland, the waterfall is the
star of the show, although a walk to the summit of White Coomb will certainly not disappoint. The views from the summit of the highest point in Dumfries & Galloway are, (in good weather of course!) stunning. Loch Skeen is usually tranquil and provides the feed for the 200' waterfall which cascades down into the, equally scenic, Moffat Water Valley.
If the weather is reasonable, and you fancy a walk in the hills of South West Scotland, a visit to the Grey Mare's Tail is well worthwhile.

Visited May 2013
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“Great walk, with great views! ”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 29, 2013

This morning,for our first walk in our week in Scotland, we chose this walk as it is not too far off the main road north to Glasgow from Gretna. We chose to walk up the path on the right side of the falls up to Loch Skeen. Yes, it is a little steep in places but quite easily doable if you are moderately fit & able to take your time. There are always nice views around if you need a break. Also helps to have proper walking attire. We were lucky that the rain stayed away while we walked. For us, it would have taken about 2 hours return to the loch, but we stopped a lot on the way back down for photos of the falls. If we had more time, we would have walked further to the top of White Coomb for even more spectacular views.

We had a great morning of walking, the rest of Scotland has a lot to live up to!

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