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Shaw castle

It was great to finally see Shaw castle even if the Grants did take it away from my ancestors. It... read more

Reviewed 6 days ago
bigbirdsews
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Saint Augustine
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Beautiful place

Large car park, toilets and a shop at the site. We circumnavigated the loch and added the smaller... read more

Reviewed 6 days ago
Stitchmaker
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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. Step back in time and retrace the steps of...more
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Reviewed 6 days ago via mobile

It was great to finally see Shaw castle even if the Grants did take it away from my ancestors. It has become a national park since my parents visited years ago. Wonderful walk around the loch.More

Thank bigbirdsews
Rothiescot, General Manager at Loch an Eilein, responded to this reviewResponded 5 days ago

So pleased you enjoyed your visit to Loch an Eilein - not sure that the Grants took it away from your ancestors, think it was the Scottish King and the Shaw of the time wasn't a saint but we can understand that it still annoys...More

Reviewed 6 days ago

Large car park, toilets and a shop at the site. We circumnavigated the loch and added the smaller Loch Gamhna next door to our hike, which is beautiful in it's own way. The paths are all easy to follow. Our walk was about 5 miles,...More

Thank Stitchmaker
Rothiescot, General Manager at Loch an Eilein, responded to this reviewResponded 5 days ago

Thank you for writing this helpful review. So pleased you enjoyed your walk - the path round Loch Gamhna isn't maintained but that doesn't matter is after four extraordinarily dry months and high temperatures. Hope you can return - its always stunning.

Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Walked from Aviemore up to loch and walked so far round a beautiful place of peace and tranquillity. Also handy a small shop on site selling coffee , tea , juice cakes , icecreams etc

Thank bmcl2301
Rothiescot, General Manager at Loch an Eilein, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

We are so pleased you enjoyed the special feeling of Loch an Eilein, thank you for this review. We hope you can return - its stunning throughout the year.

Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Just a wee short walk up the track and you are presented with a stunning lake clear water stunning well worth a viait

Thank Roger O
Rothiescot, General Manager at Loch an Eilein, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Thank you - so glad you enjoyed your visit and hope you can return.

Reviewed 1 week ago

Loch An Eilein is a fresh water Loch in The Cairngorm National Park a short walk or drive from Aviemore. There are a network of paths around the Loch suitable for bike, buggy and walking, you can walk right around the Loch, paddle in the...More

Thank Vicki S
Rothiescot, General Manager at Loch an Eilein, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Thank you for this lovely review, we're so pleased you enjoyed your visit. It takes a large team to keep Loch a Eilein special throughout the year and we rely on the income from parking to pay them.; we are very grateful to all those...More

Reviewed 1 week ago

Really enjoyed a circular walk around Loch an Eilein before heading home from a weekend of walking in the Cairngorms. It was a very peaceful, beautiful place to stroll through. There are clear paths and signs. It all looked clean and largely litter-free.The loch and...More

Thank chestervoyager
Rothiescot, General Manager at Loch an Eilein, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Thank you for all this great information - we're so pleased you enjoyed your walk and thank you for caring by paying to park. Hope you enjoyed the map of walks and the discounts at Rothiemurchus Centre which are included in the £1.50 per person...More

Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Absolutely in love - much quieter than Loch Morlich, not so overcrowded, more wild. Just plain beautiful. Despite lack of sandy beach and stones instead, even the kids liked it more. Think I found my favourite spot in the Highlands, definitely coming back to spend...More

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Rothiescot, General Manager at Loch an Eilein, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

What a wonderful review - thank you. Glimpsing the partly ruined island castle while you walk through the ancient forest which gives you a feeling of wildness as well as of the long history of nature and people living together, is a very different experience...More

Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

We stopped here to have a picnic lunch on the way home from a visit to the Black Isle! There is a parking charge of £1.50 per adult of £4.50 per car. This is a beautiful little loch which can easily be walked or cycled...More

Thank Fiona H
Rothiescot, Manager at Loch an Eilein, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

So glad you enjoyed your visit and thank you for caring for wildlife and its habitat in this beautiful Special Area for Conservation. We are very grateful to kind people like you who support the Ranger Sevice, the loos, paths, the Ancient Monuments etc. by...More

Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Truly special place in the heart of the National Park. Relaxing walk round the loch.... would take approx 2 hours at leisurely pace. Stunning scenery and so quite. Def a must visit when I’m area!

Thank cbscot18
Rothiescot, General Manager at Loch an Eilein, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

Thank you for this brilliant review, really good to read what Loch an Eilein means to you. Thank you for caring for this wonderful place and hope you can enjoy again soon.

Reviewed 3 weeks ago

This was a nice walk for the family. Great scenery with fantastic trees and an island that has a castle on it. There's the best cedary-sandlewoody smell in this forest. Worth a visit.More

Thank hippiebilly
Rothiescot, General Manager at Loch an Eilein, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

We agree the smell is very special, especially in this heat - thank you for this great review. We're delighted your family enjoyed their walk around the loch through the ancient forest which hopefully shaded you from the sun . Thank you for caring for...More

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acapipe
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Response from Jean G | Reviewed this property |
Hi, yes you can take a buggy. It would be a bit bumpy in parts but is still possible.
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compton49er
16 May 2018|
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Response from Rothiescot | Property representative |
Thank you for asking - it takes about 11/2 just to walk round the Loch - without any stops. The attendant arrives between 8.45 and 9.00 but you can pay for parking when you return to the car or as you leave. Sorry not to... More
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Samuel_WestY0rkshire
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Response from Rothiescot | Property representative |
Thank you, we appreciate you asking; Rothiemurchus Rangers are here to help you enjoy this amazing place. Much of the area around Loch an Eilein as well as the loch is within a special area for conservation - Natura 2000... More
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