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Loch an Eilein

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What a beautiful place. Very romantic and great for the kids too.

I loved this place for just strolling through the woods along the banks of the Loch. there are a... read more

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Little S
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Dunfermline, United Kingdom
Favourite walk. Never want it to end.

Yes I’ve been here before, and I love it more every time. The views are gorgeous, the path is easy... read more

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SallyO85
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Liverpool, 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 yesterday

I loved this place for just strolling through the woods along the banks of the Loch. there are a few little treasures hidden along the way. Look out for the stone with the hole in it across from the castle or the memorial hidden in...More

Date of experience: January 2019
1  Thank Little S
Rothiescot, Manager at Loch an Eilein, responded to this reviewResponded yesterday

What a lovely review - thank you for sharing it. I'm so glad you loved Loch an Eilein - it an extremely special place is so many ways. As well being amazingly beautiful, it is one the most important places in Scotland for endangered wildlife;...More

Reviewed yesterday via mobile

Yes I’ve been here before, and I love it more every time. The views are gorgeous, the path is easy for a fool like me, I can’t get lost! I love the pines, island, little cottages and everything about it. Peaceful atmosphere, stunning ever changing...More

Date of experience: February 2019
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Reviewed 3 days ago

Great place to experience the beauty of the Cairngorms. Pros Stunning scenery Easy to access Plenty of walks Cons The car park charges Would highly recommend a visit, and would consider hiring a mountain bike next time to make it slightly different.More

Date of experience: February 2019
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Rothiescot, Manager at Loch an Eilein, responded to this reviewResponded 2 days ago

Thanks for this - so pleased you enjoyed your visit and thank you for highly recommending visiting. We all care for one of most important areas in Europe for endangered wildlife by using the maintained flat path through ancient pine forest, around Loch an Eilein....More

Reviewed 5 days ago via mobile

We had a beautiful walk at Loch An Eilein. We couldn't go all the way around due to time constraints, but we loved it. We saw the castle. Unfortunately it was in the shadows. We were there really early, I think the castle is probably...More

Date of experience: May 2018
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Rothiescot, Manager at Loch an Eilein, responded to this reviewResponded 4 days ago

I'm delighted that you enjoyed your visit, sorry you couldn't walk all the way round but glad you could see the castle - think it's the time of year and the weather not the time of day which meant it was in shadow. Thank you...More

Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We visited Loch an Eilien and Loch Morlich but we found the latter more interesting, although both have nice scenery. We did feel as though we had been 'fleeced' on our arrival at Loch Morlich ... as we came to e parkng area we could...More

Date of experience: February 2019
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Rothiescot, Manager at Loch an Eilein, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Thank you for writing this review - sorry the sign was not clear, we are looking at how we can reword and redesign it. £1.50 per person include a map of walks and discounts at Rothiemurchus Centre where you can choose a free Rothiemurchus post...More

Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Been here before many times.It was a winter wonderland on a really cold but sunny day. It’s not a difficult walk and it took us about an hour. Just need to watch underfoot as tree roots and stones hidden by the snow. Will return again...More

Date of experience: January 2019
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Rothiescot, Manager at Loch an Eilein, responded to this reviewResponded 5 days ago

So pleased you enjoy Loch an Eilein - thank you very much for sharing this review and for caring for it. Hope you can visit again soon.

Reviewed 4 weeks ago

I visited here twice. Once in the snow, and once on a day with blue skies. The weather and the ground change that quickly up here In the snow, it was very quiet. Spooky quiet. I walked along, and spent most of it looking around...More

Date of experience: April 2018
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Rothiescot, Manager at Loch an Eilein, responded to this reviewResponded 4 weeks ago

I am delighted you enjoyed your different visits What a wonderful review; thank you for sharing your experiences. Hope you can visit again soon.

Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Loch an Eilein is about an hours walk from the centre of Aviemore or 10 mins by car. It then takes 2-3 hours to walk round depending on how fast you walk and how many times you stop for a photo (of which we got...More

Date of experience: January 2019
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Rothiescot, Manager at Loch an Eilein, responded to this reviewResponded 4 weeks ago

Thank you for sharing this awesome review - we are absolutely delighted that you enjoyed Loch an Eilein so much. Its a very special place for endangered wildlife - hope you saw some Red Squirrels. Thank you for caring for it by using the maintained...More

Reviewed 16 January 2019 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
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Rothiescot, General Manager at Loch an Eilein, responded to this reviewResponded 16 January 2019

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 15 January 2019 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 Keith J
Rothiescot, Manager at Loch an Eilein, responded to this reviewResponded 16 January 2019

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

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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
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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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