I recently took a camping trip to Dumfries in the Scottish borders to celebrate my ever edging position to the big 30. On my way to Dumfries I stopped off at Grey Mare’s Tail a 60-metre hanging valley waterfall near Moffat. The fall is produced by the Tail Burn flowing from Loch Skeen cascading into the Moffat Water in the lower valley below.
The surrounding area forms the Grey Mare’s Tail Nature Reserve, owned by the National Trust for Scotland and it is a stunning landscape. The footpath from the valley floor up to Loch Skeen is one of the more popular walks in the area.
he 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 diverse, containing the richest assemblage of rare upland plants in Southern Scotland.