We noticed that you're using an unsupported browser. The TripAdvisor website may not display properly.We support the following browsers:
Windows: Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome. Mac: Safari.

Loch an Eilein

#1 of 43 things to do in Aviemore Features Animals
Aviemore, Scotland
Review Highlights
Glad we took the detour

We hadn't planned to going here but we saw a sign for a loch 1 mile off the road so off we went... read more

Reviewed yesterday
via mobile
Great bike ride around the Loch

This is a beautiful place to hike or bike and sightsee. We rode bikes from Aviemore around the... read more

Reviewed 5 days ago
Allen B
via mobile
Read all 913 reviews
Map updates are paused. Zoom in to see updated info.
Reset zoom
Updating Map...
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.
  • Excellent73%
  • Very good22%
  • Average3%
  • Poor1%
  • Terrible1%
Travellers talk about
“lovely walk” (83 reviews)
“ruined castle” (29 reviews)
“car park” (104 reviews)
Aviemore, Scotland
Write a Review
Reviews (913)
Traveller rating
Traveller type
Time of year

1 - 10 of 913 reviews

Reviewed yesterday via mobile

We hadn't planned to going here but we saw a sign for a loch 1 mile off the road so off we went. Glad we did! The loch is in a wonderful setting and lots of photos ops inc some very friendly ducks who will...More

Thank DublinWelcomesAll
Reviewed 5 days ago via mobile

This is a beautiful place to hike or bike and sightsee. We rode bikes from Aviemore around the Loch and back, about 17 miles vigorous ride for 90 minutes. A beautiful spot!

Thank Allen B
Reviewed 6 days ago

The walk around the lake was stunning. Easy, clear path with little grade. Small fee for parking. Visitor center is just beyond the car park offering information and snacks.

Reviewed 1 week ago

Very easy walk around a beautiful loch. The gorgeous scenery is spectacular and the interesting old castle on the small island makes it unique. The trail is very good and accesible. There is a small gift shop and restrooms at the entrance. There is a...More

Thank taylorbrock
Reviewed 1 week ago

Approximately three miles of lovely, relatively easy walking on good footpaths enables you to circumnavigate this beautiful Loch hidden away in the Rothiemurchus Forest. Some of the walk takes you close to the edge of the Loch whilst in other parts you pass through delightful...More

Thank Valerie R
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

We visited Loch an Eilean on a calm day and decided to walk around portions of it. There are pine trees along the bank where you can relax and have lunch along the rocky shoreline. Despite other people being around we found it quite peaceful...More

Thank Anne B
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

As people have said there is a £1.50 pp charge. There's a rocky beach where we saw a couple of families with small children playing and a walk around the loch that took us 1hr 45mins. It has a good path all the way round...More

Thank JoanneNoble95
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Always love the walk round the loch, dog friendly - but please remember all dogs are not friendly, keep them on a lead - people friendly, toilets and cafe available. Staff are friendly and helpful. Small charge for parking but worth it. Lots of wildlife...More

Thank MrsManiac
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Please don't go during rainy days. The lake view was not nice when its raining and animals are hiding and we seen only slugs. It was a 2 hours walk around with kids around the whole lake and we are tired. The castle in the...More

Thank Cokelightsg
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

We walked around the loch with our 7 year old and couldn't recommend it highly enough! It's a breathtakingly beautiful spot. Walking is fairly easy and paths well signed. Car park has toilet and refreshments facilities and a very helpful and friendly ranger. Take time...More

Thank MoochingAboutToo
Nearby Restaurants
Mountain Cafe
1,270 reviews
4.67 km away
La Taverna
1,431 reviews
3.75 km away
The Cairngorm Hotel
1,272 reviews
4.36 km away
Old Bridge Inn
1,147 reviews
3.86 km away
Nearby Attractions
598 reviews
3.03 km away
Cairngorm Brewery
261 reviews
5.75 km away
Strathspey Steam Railway
1,016 reviews
4.40 km away
Questions & AnswersAsk a question
What's the parking like and the cost for here please? Thanks 😃
14 April 2017|
Answer Show all 2 answers
Response from Janet G |
The parking is not per car it's £1.50 per person. It's more of a donation than a fee and well worth every penny. You get exceptionally well maintained litter free paths, a parking space for your car a map, use of the toilet... More
What's the parking like and the cost for here please? Thanks 😃
14 April 2017|
Answer Show all 3 answers
Response from Rothiescot | Property representative |
Thank you for asking about parking at Loch an Eilein. When you pay to park at Loch an Eilein you will be helping care for this special area as all the income helps support the team that look after it throughout the year... More
Is there public transportation from Aviemore to Lock an Eileen? Thanks
13 March 2017|
Answer Show all 6 answers
Response from Rothiescot | Property representative |
There is a regular bus from Aviemore to Inverdruie, from there it is a walk of about a mile, mainly offroad with a short stretch of quiet road. You can buy a map from Rothiemurchus Centre where the bus stops. Hope you... More