Black Loch, Grey Mare's Tail and Murray's Monument

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Black Loch - Grey Mare's Tail - Talnotry Hill - Murray's Monument

This walk circles Black Loch and visits the fifty-foot Grey Mare's Tail Waterfall and Murray's Monument. It is possible to visit any one of the three in isolation, which in each case involves only a short walk of a mile or less. The full route consists of two loops and includes the fording of two burns, some climbing and a rough path across moorland. The burns when in spate could present some difficulty, but an alternative route is available. There are fine views of Cairnsmore of Fleet (2,331ft). Look out for some quirky sculptures along the route, part of the Forestry Commission's art programme celebrating Galloway Forest Park's 50th anniversary as a park in 1997.

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Scotland - South Scotland - Dumfries and Galloway - Countryside


Ancient Monument, Birds, Butterflies, Flowers, Good for Kids, Great Views, Hills or Fells, Lake/Loch, Moor, Mountains, River, Waterfall, Wildlife, Woodland
7/19/2018 - keith wright

Beautiful views at the start of the walk of the waterfall and after the initial climb. However, due to forestry work the track from Waymark 8 to 9 is no longer there. The stepping stones from 7 to 8 were only passable due to the lack of water in the stream (it has been very hot lately drying up the streams). When we eventually made our own way onto the track at Black Loch we were too tired to complete the walk so gave up. I would avoid this walk until someone amends it.

10/9/2013 - Greg Boden

Did this walk mid September 2013, the path from way mark 13 - 14 heavily over grown and difficult to follow. The bridge at way mark 14 is now un-useable as some parts have broken away and not safe to use. So we had to turn back and modify the walk

6/23/2012 - Kenny Hodgson

Enjoyable walk but only 3 stars given due to following comments:- 1) Waymark 9: burn had to be waded here. Would only be crossed with ease at very low water. 2) Waymark 14: bridge in poor condition with some sleepers missing/broken. Can still be crossed with care. 3) Waymark 15-16: path very overgrown and muddy in places. Care has to be taken to avoid slipping between tussocks. This walk would be best undertaken after a spell of dry weather.