Moffat Loop via Grey Mare’s Tail

Cycling Route

Moffat Loop via Grey Mare’s Tail


Moffat sits in a steep valley on three sides, which means that you have a climb out and onto the hills - but it is so worth the effort.

Amongst the loops around Moffat this is the most iconic one, but also one of the hardest.
You have a long climb out of Moffat to what's commonly known as the Beetub. You will pass the source of the mighty river Tweed and turn right at Tweedsmuir. Here you have the locally famous climb of Talla Reservoir, then Megget Reservoir before dropping down to St Mary’s Loch. There are amazing views along the loch and a welcoming cafe and the famous Tibbie Shiels Inn . If that was not enough you are climbing now over the pass with views of the waterfall - Grey Mare’s Tail. You return to Moffat by the most iconic valley Moffat Dale - a narrow road through the border hills.

44mi / 70.5km
Total climb:
3,477ft / 1,060m
Total descent:
3,477ft / 1,060m
Towns along route:
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What you'll see


Towns & Villages

Moffat is a bustling town on the River Annan, minutes from the A74 road.

Devil's Beeftub - Moffat

Historic Buildings, Monuments & Statues, Monuments & Statues

The Devil's Beeftub is an historic physical landscape feature which nestles in the Moffat hills.

Grey Mare’s Tail Nature Reserve - Moffat

Low Level Walks

The National Trust for Scotland’s Grey Mare’s Tail Reserve is one of Scotland’s Upland jewels, with its impressive waterfall and wild mountainous landscape.