White Coomb Hike

Where: White Coomb, by Moffat southern Scotland
When: June 2012
Who: I Parker
Why: passing by on the road to England
Weather: Sunny Spells
Height: 2,696ft, 821m
Distance: ?

The 2,696 feet White Coomb is situated 10 miles east of Moffat following the A708 road to Selkirk. The large car park for the hike is situated at the Grey Mares Tail waterfalls.

The White Coomb range also contains the 2,624 ft Firthhope Rig, 2,539 ft Great Hill, 2,575 ft Molls Cleuch Dod, and 2,624 ft Lochcraig Head. You can hike White Coomb itself, or go round them all in a loop back to the Grey Mares Tail.

The road map link below only leads to about 2 miles west of the Grey Mares Tail car park. The closest postcode I could find.

The image below is of the main square in the town of Moffat . This is a popular holiday town with 7 hotels around this square, and a camp site on the southeast side. Road Map

Moffat Accommodation Page

Moffat Town Square image

The view below is down the Moffat to Selkirk valley. There are no fences on much of this road, so there are many sheep on the roadside, or crossing the road.

The hill on the left here is where the car park for White Coomb is situated, and the Grey Mares Tail waterfalls.

Moffat Valley image

You may hear a loud rumble now and again in this area. If you do, you know there are fighter jets thundering up the valley as seen below. These jets can be flying as low as 250 ft above ground level.

Moffat Valley Jets image

The image below is of the Grey Mares Tail car park. Through the summer, there may be a National Trust for Scotland van here to give information on the walks and hikes in the area. You can just see the trail over the bridge and up to the waterfalls in this image.

Grey Mares Tail car park image

The image below is of the Grey Mares Tail waterfalls with the high hiking trail leading up the side of the 1,909 ft Ban Law on the right. This is a popular hike on its own with this trail leading up to Loch Skeen. Many hikers just want to go up to Loch Skeen for the views of the loch, and down from the waterfalls.

The hiking routes to White Coomb, and round the White Coomb range, start from Loch Skeen, at the top of the waterfalls, or there is a trail that crosses the burn just above the waterfalls onto the east side of White Coomb, as seen below.

The lower trail on the left only goes round the base of White Coomb to the bottom of the waterfalls.

Grey Mares Tail waterfalls image

The image below is of the trail over the bridge and winding it way up the side of the 1,909 ft Ban Law. If you decide to hike to the top of Ban Law, you will see the 1,984 ft Watch Knowe behind, that is basically the same hill.

Ban Law Hill image

The image below is from the top of the trail looking over Loch Skeen. White Coomb is the highest point to the left in this image. The trail from here to the White Coomb range follows the path across the burn then up the southeast side of the 2,319 ft Mid Craig. The trail then follows a ridge round onto White Coomb. The lower parts of this trail are rough in places.

Loch Skeen image

I was just passing this hiking route on the road to England so had not enough time to hike any of the peaks here. Will return some day to do the White Coomb range loup. The map below shows the various routes.

Photo Tour of the Range

Large OS Map

Make sure and take an Ordnance Survey Map and Compass on these hikes, and know how to use them, as in cloud, these mountains can be deadly. In Winter, make sure you have Crampons and an Ice Axe, and know how to use them.

The map also shows the routes to the 2,650 ft Hart Fell.

White Coomb Map image