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Gray Mare's Tail Nature Reserve

On a visit to Loch Skeen, Sir Walter Scott was thrown from his horse into a peat bog. Despite this unfortunate introduction, he was so inspired by the landscape that he later described the scene in his poem Marmion. The chances are that you’ll be equally taken with this dramatic upland property, unfolding from the waterfall cascading into the Moffat Water Valley up steep slopes to Loch Skeen and the peak of White Coomb (821m)beyond. The area is a paradise for botanists and wildlife enthusiasts, who come to observe the rare upland plants,peregrines and ring ouzels, feral goats and, occasionally, mountain hares. Historians, too, can seek out evidence of Iron Age settlers and 17th-century Covenanters who also took refuge here.
T: 01683 222 174
W: www.nts.org.uk
A: Moffat Water Valley, Dumfries & Galloway, DG
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