Explore man-made and natural wonders
the Grey Mare's Tail near Moffat
Matt Baker's Hush sculpture in Cairnsmore of Fleet NNR
one of the Striding Arches at the Byre
Adventure-seekers can get off the beaten track on foot to explore some of Dumfries & Galloway’s natural and man-made wonders.
Head into the Moffat Hills to climb the White Coomb, which stands at a mighty 2,696 ft, making it one of the highest peaks in this range. The walk takes you over one of Scotland’s highest waterfalls, the Grey Mare’s Tail, where a steady nerve is required as the waters gallop beneath you. Enjoy a truly breathtaking view into the beautiful abyss and soak up the sound of the crashing waters. Another highlight is the hidden glen above the waterfall, formed by White Coomb and Lochcraig Head.
Cairnsmore of Fleet National Nature Reserve (NNR) in the Galloway Hills is also a wild and remote corner of the region, carved by glaciers 18,000 years ago. Choose from three suggested walks here to explore the beautiful yet rugged landscapes and uncover some slightly unexpected artworks. Several sculptures adorn the NNR, created by Silvana McLean and Matt Baker to blend in with the surrounding scenery. Both artists found inspiration at Cairnsmore of Fleet and Glentrool, from the history to the stories of local people.
You can also combine adventure with art at Cairnhead where world-famous artist, Andy Goldsworthy, has created a series of grand arches rising majestically out of the landscape. Constructed from the region’s fine red sandstone, each arch stands on a hilltop and from each one, the other two are always visible. Kit yourself out with a map and compass and enjoy some challenging walking across open moorland and forestry.
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