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Loch an Eilein

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A lovely walk in a tranquil setting. the walk takes you right around the loch and has some... read more

Reviewed 6 days ago
ScotlandFriday
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Scotland
Does not get better than this .....

Our first introduction to Loch an Eilein was a rented canoe for the boys (8 years old), followed by... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
MrCheistianWulff
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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 6 days ago

A lovely walk in a tranquil setting. the walk takes you right around the loch and has some wonderful views

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

We're really pleased you thought this was a special place, thank you for caring for it by using the main path and paying to park. Hope you can return and thank you for this 5 bubble review .

Reviewed 1 week ago

Our first introduction to Loch an Eilein was a rented canoe for the boys (8 years old), followed by a breath-taking 2 hour walk around the Loch. The weather was fantastic, the scenery even more so!

1  Thank MrCheistianWulff
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

What an idyllic spot. Very popular. Had a leisurely cycle round the loch with my faithful pal Lucky running alongside. Taking in the views and the start of the autumn colours. Had a brew and watched the Red Squirrels feeding by the car park before...More

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

Delighted you felt it's idyllic - hopefully although it is popular because of the size, terrain and trees you still had a feeling of peaceful wildness Thank you for this 5 bubble review and for caring for this wonderful place by paying to park; you...More

Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Came across this loch and forest by chance. What a lovely place. Peaceful. Can sit and watch the views across the loch or take a walk through the Rothiemurchus forest. I believe there are deer in the forest. We just stayed by the lake while...More

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

We are so pleased that you discovered and enjoyed Loch an Eilein, we try very hard to keep it special and peaceful so people can have a feeling of wildness. Thank you for this lovely review - we hope to see you again.

Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Lovely small loch close to Aviemore. An easy walk for all the family with great views over the loch all the way round.

1  Thank Macbroughty
Rothiescot, Manager at Loch an Eilein, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

We're pleased you enjoyed your walk round Loch an Eilein - thank you for this 5 bubble review and hope you can return; it's wonderful throughout the year

Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

We visited this as the beginning and end of a much longer hike, but it would be an ideal short walk. Classic Scottish forest, although not as old growth as it once was (World Wars needed wood) but still impressive, peaceful and beautiful.More

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

Thank you for this interesting review. Canadian lumberjacks were brought in in both World Wars to fell as much timber as possible assisted by local men including younger Grants of Rothiemurchus. However, fortunately the trees round Loch an Eilein were not felled during World War...More

Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The walk around the loch is lovely, very quiet and peaceful with views overlooking the water and the ruined castle in the centre. We did waste some time trying to explore a path to find a hide, which is apparently along one of the paths...More

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

Delighted you enjoyed your walk round Loch an Eilein - the paths which are signed as 'path not maintained' are to Loch Gamhna so that people can extend their walk round a very different loch. The hides are not close to Loch and Eilein and...More

Reviewed 2 weeks ago

There is old castle in the middle of the lake. Walking around the lake was very enjoyable. The most unforgettable experience was on the way to Loch an Eilein, we found reindeers under the sun in the field nearby.

1  Thank Thida-Tokyo
Rothiescot, Manager at Loch an Eilein, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

So glad you enjoyed your walk round the loch, glad you enjoyed the Red Deer ( not Reindeer). Thank you for this review and hope you can return

Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We read other reviews and decided to take a look, it’s well worth it, so quiet and peaceful, a lovely walk and some beautiful views, especially the castle on the island.More

1  Thank hils552016
Rothiescot, Manager at Loch an Eilein, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

Thank you, reading your 5* review is heartwarming for our team who are so committted to caring for visitors, culture, wildlife and habitat and maintaining the special feeling of this exceptionional place throughout the year; especially during this very hot, dry summer. We are delighted...More

Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Visited recently and was blown away by the beauty of this place. Make sure you pack a camera and a picnic!! Our kids loved paddling in the water

1  Thank Carley P
Rothiescot, Manager at Loch an Eilein, responded to this reviewResponded 3 weeks ago

Rothiemurchus is looking amazing at the moment with the heather still flowering, autumn light and wonderful weather; we're really pleased you were able to have a such a wonderful time at Loch an Eilein. Thank you for this 5* review - hope you can return.

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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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Osbert A
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
21 August 2018|
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Response from vixxy1969 | Reviewed this property |
If I remember rightly I don't think you can
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