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Loch an Eilein

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Address: Aviemore, Scotland
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Hidden in the forest of Rothiemurchus, this beautiful place is one of the...

Hidden in the forest of Rothiemurchus, this beautiful place is one of the most loved in the UK. Loch an Eilein (loch of the island) with its 13th century island castle, was voted Britain's Best Picnic Spot as part of the celebrations to highlight the 10th anniversary of Warburtons National Bread Week which took place in May 2010 - a big thank you to everyone who voted. Step back in time and retrace the steps of the Highland cattle raiders as you enjoy views of the dramatic and mysterious Highland castle and enjoy the exceptional wildlife of the forest including Red Squirrels and Scottish Crossbills. You can enjoy some of the best low level walking in Scotland. Sheltered by ancient pine trees with views of the mountains, the path round the loch is suitable for motorised wheel chairs, off road buggies and is part of the 50km Rothiemurchus way marked network of paths.

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A scenic walk through ancient pine forest around a beautiful loch.

You can make the walk as long or short as you wish. A very short walk in an anti clockwise direction will soon give views of the 13th century castle set on a natural island in the... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 3 days ago
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

You can make the walk as long or short as you wish. A very short walk in an anti clockwise direction will soon give views of the 13th century castle set on a natural island in the center of the loch. However, most people choose to take a gentle stroll of around 40 minutes in a clockwise direction viewing the... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

if you are visiting this area and have a couple of hours to spare you will struggle to find a nicer walk through mixed woodland, including Caledonian pine forest. Excellent views of the loch and surrounding hills. Just perfect.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

Walked round the lock excellent walk fairly easy well maintained path brilliant views Highly recommended

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Fabulous walk around the Loch and we had a little bit of light rain which gave us a fabulous rainbow which reflected in the water!

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I've been coming to the area and the loch for nearly 31 years ... Its stunningly beautiful and eschbtime I am there it always amazes me ... Walks are fantastic

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Glasgow, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Visited here over last 35 years and still love the scenery and walks , great for dog walking , good parking for car and good trails around with links back to Aviemore

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

We arrived to find notices all over the place giving notice of some logging taking place. There was a massive lorry driving out loaded with logs as we started our walk. But the logging operation was very carefully managed and was only taking place in a small area. There were no chainsaws in operation and apart from a few pieces... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Love visiting Loch an Eilein beautiful scenery and a lovely walk. Took some amazing pictures last time i was there then sat feeding the ducks with the wee one

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Whenever you visit; whatever the weather - this is a wonderful place. Totally atmospheric and almost surreal. Easy access for all abilities from the car park onto a circular trail around the loch where you simply lose yourself in the place - wonderful!! I know - from many visits - that the visitor centre is only open from circa Easter... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Stumbled upon this loch on our way to the mountain. So very pretty and peaceful. Fed the ducks. Can imagine sitting here in the summer with a picnic. Well worth the stop.

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