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Loch an Eilein

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Great walk

One of the most beautiful lochs in the Highlands 4 miles around so not to hard with views to die... read more

Reviewed 3 days ago
Lilian F
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Aviemore, United Kingdom
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Lovely walk round the loch.

£1.50 per person parking greets you however it is a lovely walk round the loch. 3.5 miles takes you... read more

Reviewed 4 days ago
Skintbloke
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Aberdeen, United Kingdom
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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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Loch an Eilein Rothiemurchus By Aviemore | Rothiemurchus Forest, Cairngorms National Park, Aviemore PH22 1QT, Scotland
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Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

One of the most beautiful lochs in the Highlands 4 miles around so not to hard with views to die for and the forest with magnificent trees lots of wildlife and an echo if you shout at the castle at a certain spot in front...More

Date of experience: January 2019
Thank Lilian F
Rothiescot, General Manager at Loch an Eilein, responded to this reviewResponded 3 days ago

So pleased you enjoyed your visit - what a great review, thank you for sharing it. Because people use the main path you can see wildlife which is confident it won't be disturbed. Hope you can visit again soon.

Reviewed 4 days ago via mobile

£1.50 per person parking greets you however it is a lovely walk round the loch. 3.5 miles takes you 1 - 1.5 hours and is quite easy going. Remember to shout at the castle for the echo effect. Kids love it.More

Date of experience: January 2019
Thank Skintbloke
Rothiescot, Manager at Loch an Eilein, responded to this reviewResponded 3 days ago

Thank you for sharing this review - not many people like paying to park so we are very grateful to you for caring for this exceptionally beautiful, special place for nature by becoming an 'Explorer' (includes parking). We hope that the attendant was welcoming and...More

Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Walked from the Coylumbridge Hotel to do this circuit. We had a beautiful January day and the scenery was lovely! About 7 miles. Well signposted but worth googling and noting a few directions before heading off. We had an OS map but really difficult to...More

Date of experience: January 2019
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Rothiescot, Manager at Loch an Eilein, responded to this reviewResponded 3 days ago

Delighted you enjoyed your walk to Loch an Eilein. Thank you for sharing your review and hope you can return and have another walk on our network of signed, maintained paths..

Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

we took our toddler here as it has a nice path around it (quiet long walk). the black castle is interesting but on an island so dont expect to go climbing around it.. there is a lafge parking area with toilets and places to picnic...More

Date of experience: January 2019
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Rothiescot, Manager at Loch an Eilein, responded to this reviewResponded 3 days ago

What a lovely review - thank you for sharing it. We're so pleased you enjoyed your visit and hope you can return when you're in the area next .

Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

If you’re in the area this is a must visit. A beautiful secluded place. You can walk around the loch in about an hour and just take in the wonderful vistas. Great photo opportunities!

Date of experience: January 2019
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Rothiescot, General Manager at Loch an Eilein, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

Thank you for sharing this great review and loved your photos - so pleased you enjoyed your visit. Hopefully Loch an Eilein will persuade you to return here even tho you live in such an amazing country!

Reviewed 2 weeks ago

One of the most scenic places in the UK, perfect for a short walk. There is a car park near the loch or you can also walk there from Aviemore.

Date of experience: December 2018
1  Thank Martina1888
Rothiescot, General Manager at Loch an Eilein, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

What an amazing review - thank you and thank you for sharing on TripAdvisor. We are very grateful to you and to all those who care for this wonderful place by paying to park. Hope you can return soon.

Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Staying in Aviemore, nice few hours walking distance. Good woodland paths and excellent views throughout.

Date of experience: December 2018
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Rothiescot, General Manager at Loch an Eilein, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

So pleased you enjoyed your walk round Loch an Eilein, particularly the paths and views and thank you for sharing this helpful review. We hope you can return soon.

Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

I can highly recommend this lovely place , we decided to take the dog for a walk around the loch ( about 3.5 miles ) the path is in good condition with a few steep sections but the views over the loch make it worth...More

Date of experience: December 2018
1  Thank kennethsV9537EJ
Rothiescot, General Manager at Loch an Eilein, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

Thank you for sharing this lovely, helpful review. We're so pleased you enjoyed your walk and hope you can return.

Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

I came here after it was so highly rated on TripAdvisor. Or granted I had to persuade the kids that a walk was a good thing but they really enjoyed it. I heard that red squirrels live here so I made a game of it...More

Date of experience: December 2018
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Rothiescot, General Manager at Loch an Eilein, responded to this reviewResponded 3 weeks ago

What a lovely review - thank you for writing so honestly about your visit and for sharing it. Our team really enjoy reading how much your family enjoyed this amazing place and how much the easy flat path round the loch helps them to walk...More

Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Lovely loch in a forest setting. Lots of easy children and dog-friendly walks. Two enclosed dog exercise areas for any dogs who can't be off-lead in a public area. Small beach for swimming and loads of picnic areas.More

Date of experience: December 2018
2  Thank terrygparrott
Rothiescot, General Manager at Loch an Eilein, responded to this reviewResponded 3 weeks ago

So pleased you enjoyed your visit. You can call it whatever you like - what's most important to us is that you had a great time here; thank you very much for sharing this really helpful review. Thank you also for the info about dogs,...More

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Nicola C
20 September 2018|
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Response from Vicki S | Reviewed this property |
Yes you can park, they are pretty strict about you staying any longer than one night.
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Ozzie943
4 September 2018|
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Response from Rothiescot | Property representative |
Yes, however, the edge of the loch is very close to the car park and visitor centre where you can get wonderful views and just a short walk anticlockwise to get closer to the island castle. If you want to walk round the... More
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Reidkx T
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Response from vixxy1969 | Reviewed this property |
If I remember rightly I don't think you can
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