Scotland – Moffat Hills, Dumfries & Galloway
Distance: 11km/7 miles
Type: Waterfall, mountain and loch
Where: Circular walk from Grey Mare’s Tail car park via White Coomb, Lochcraig Head and Loch Skeen.
Start/End: Grey Mare’s Tail car park (NT187145).
Terrain: Steep but well-made paths up waterfall and hillside, and broad moorland ridges. Some boggy stretches by loch. Extra caution should be taken in winter.
Maps: OS Explorer 330; Landranger 79.
The rounded summits and broad ridges of the Moffat Hills provide some of the best and most uncrowded walking in southern Scotland. This walk is one of the most dramatic in the area, taking in the famous Grey Mare’s Tail waterfall (the fifth highest in the UK), Loch Skeen, and the remote and wild mountains that surround it. On a clear day, the extensive views are superb. The journey from Moffat to the start takes you along the beautiful, deep, U-shaped valley of Moffat Water, offering scope for a variety of walks on either side. The National Trust for Scotland manages the Grey Mare’s Tail Nature Reserve (Visitor Centre open from April to September).
Click below to see a route profile and view the route on an Ordnance Survey map