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Loch an Eilein

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Lovely pleasent location. Beautiful views of the loch and good paths. We were able to take a push... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
gracecurtis10
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Darlington, United Kingdom
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Tranquilty and Views

Stunning place to stroll for 2-3 hours in silence and fresh air, very quiet, a few RED squirrels... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
FOODTART2011
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Edinburgh, 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 1 week ago via mobile

Lovely pleasent location. Beautiful views of the loch and good paths. We were able to take a push chair round.More

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Rothiescot, Manager at Loch an Eilein, responded to this reviewResponded 6 days ago

Thank you for this review and for caring for this stunning area and special wildlife by paying to park and using the maintained path around the loch. So glad you were able to take a push chair round - we want all ages to be...More

Reviewed 1 week ago

Stunning place to stroll for 2-3 hours in silence and fresh air, very quiet, a few RED squirrels LONG THE WAY

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

I am so glad you had such a wonderful visit to this enchanting place, It is a particularly good time to enjoy Red Squirrels as they're running around collecting food for the winter. Thank you for this lovely review and hope you can return soon.

Reviewed 1 week ago

We loved this lovely loch and the area. Was a brisk November day with slight over cast skies but some blue in the distance behind the hill........just loved this one!!!!

Thank 677ScottS
Rothiescot, General Manager at Loch an Eilein, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

What a lovely review - thank you. I am so pleased you enjoyed this very special place and hope you can return,

Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Wonderful way to start the day at one with nature. Greeted by red squirrel when I got out the car. Went after sunrise as foggy start to the day. So still and peaceful and got to admire all by myself as no other visitors.

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

Thank you for this lovely review. Hope you can return for another amazing visit.

Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

On our visits to Aviemore a walk round Loch an Eilein is a must. It’s ideal for young children and is manageable for pushchairs and buggies. The views and scenery round the loch and up to the Cairngorms are stunning. For social walkers it takes...More

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

I am delighted you enjoyed your visit - thank you for writing this very helpful 5 bubble review and thank you for caring for it by paying to park so future generations can enjoy it as well. Hope you can return soon.

Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

What a gorgeous walk! The loch and surrounding forest are outstanding, especially this time of year. The colours are outstanding. The walk is nice and at around 3.5 miles was doable with an 8, 7 and 6 year old. The island in the loch with...More

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

I am delighted that you all enjoyed your walk round Loch an Eilein - thank you for this great review. This year the autumn colours are amazing - they almost look unreal; we are very grateful to you and all those who care for this...More

Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Walked around the loch it is beautiful very clean and well kept would recommend visiting when in Aviemore.

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

Thank you for this five bubble review and for recommending Loch an Eilein. I am so pleased you enjoyed your visit and hope you can return.

Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Lovely walk around loch with red squirrels and lots of other visitors. When you arrive at bumpy, puddly, uneven car park be aware that you are charged by number in the car. Loved the older chap collecting the money and hovering. Perhaps waiting for a...More

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Rothiescot, General Manager at Loch an Eilein, responded to this reviewResponded 3 weeks ago

I am so glad you enjoyed your walk and saw lots of red squirrels - they love the 'old growth' forest and this is one of the best times of year to see them running up and down trees collecting food for the winter. Thank...More

Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Great walk from Aviemore, amazing in the autumn. Good for birdwatching, if that's your thing. Take your camera.

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Rothiescot, Manager at Loch an Eilein, responded to this reviewResponded 3 weeks ago

So pleased that you enjoyed your visit - this autumn, the trees throughout Rothiemurchus are looking amazing; Loch an Eilein never fails to be stunning throughout the year. Thank you for this lovely five bubble review and hope you can return.

Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We enjoyed the walk but did find the website confusing as to how much we needed to pay for parking and was on expensive side. Also after a long walk with kids would be good to have a better selection of food and drink at...More

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Rothiescot, General Manager at Loch an Eilein, responded to this reviewResponded 3 weeks ago

Thank you for this helpful review and for caring for Rothiemurchus by paying to park. I am sorry that you found the website confusing - we'll have a look how we can make it clearer. The three options to pay for parking cars have been...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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