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3 mile cycle ride

Had a nice ride around the loch on road bikes - surface is OK and no need for mountain bikes... read more

Reviewed 4 days ago
5cruffy
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Swindon
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Great walk around the loch

We parked in the car park; £3 (which also gets you vouchers for use in the nearby Rothiemurchus... read more

Reviewed 5 days ago
TravellingHappily
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London
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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 4 days ago via mobile

Had a nice ride around the loch on road bikes - surface is OK and no need for mountain bikes. There are lots of nice viewpoints around the loch. Parking is £1.50 per person and there is plenty of it. All part of the larger...More

1  Thank 5cruffy
Rothiescot, Manager at Loch an Eilein, responded to this reviewResponded 3 days ago

Delighted you enjoyed your bike ride - you can manage this on an everyday or hybrid bike. Thank you for this helpful 5* review and for caring for this exceptional place and its wildlife by paying to park. Hope that you can try some of...More

Reviewed 5 days ago

We parked in the car park; £3 (which also gets you vouchers for use in the nearby Rothiemurchus Centre). The path around the loch is broad and well maintained, and runs through woods and along the shore; lovely views! We did the extra loop around...More

Thank TravellingHappily
Rothiescot, Manager at Loch an Eilein, responded to this reviewResponded 4 days ago

Thank you for this helpful review, and thank you for caring for it by paying to park. We're so pleased you enjoyed your walk round Loch an Eilein and Loch Gamhna and your lunch at The Druie. Hope you can visit again soon. so pleased

Reviewed 1 week ago

Parking is available to allow access to the loch and surrounding areas. It is permitted to stay overnight, although this is chargedMore

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

Thank you so much for this five star review - Loch an Eilein is not just beautiful, its a special area for conservation with habitat for many endangered species and has the highest level of environmental protection. We are very grateful to you and everyone...More

Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Amazing setting and we had a glorious visit here. The car parking system was rather quaint with the elderly gentleman seeming a little under pressure. The shop was friendly and the outside tables were a comfortable place to picnic. Clean loos were a bonus with...More

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

So pleased you enjoyed your visit, thank you for caring for this stunning special area for conservation by paying to park and buying in the shop. You can pay £4.50 just to park but most people choose to pay £1.50pp for an Explorer card which...More

Reviewed 1 week ago

Walked this on Monday 6th July. Easy walk,beautiful views,well maintained and no litter. Would have liked a bin to put dog poo in and as we saw a land rover twice on the route it wouldn't be difficult to arrange. To be fair I didn't...More

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

Thank you for this 5* review and thank you caring for this Special Area for Conservation by using a poo bin. They're inside the gates to the recently enlarged dog exercise area, where we hope that dogs will be able to have good run after...More

Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We paid £3 for parking our motorhome which I didn’t mind because the lake is stunning a lovely walk. Nice shop selling ice cream too. Worth it.

Thank 994Carrie
Rothiescot, Manager at Loch an Eilein, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Thank you - for this review and for caring for this stunning special area for conservation by paying to park, buying an ice cream. We are very grateful and hope you are able to return.

Reviewed 1 week ago

There's a small charge at the gate to the parking lot but it is well worth it. The paths are so well-maintained and the walking is fairly easy though all the paths do undulate. There's nothing very strenuous. The two lochs are beautiful.More

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

Thank you for this feedback and the 5* review - so pleased you had a great time at Loch an Eilein. Thank you for helping to care for this stunning area by paying to park and using the main paths. Hope you can visit again...More

Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

This is a stunningly beautiful place. You can walk or cycle round the loch, it’s only a few kilometres, or just sit and relax taking in the view. In fairness we were there on a day that the weather was perfect, warm and with clear...More

Thank Beejay1948
Rothiescot, General Manager at Loch an Eilein, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

What a wonderful review - thank you; this makes our team feel the commitment and attention they give throughout the year to keeping Loch an Eilein so special are valued - we all agree with you and its lovely to be appreciated. Thank you for...More

Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

We walked up there with the buggy and it’s a great walk with great views! Our toddler was 19months at the time and found it great to run along the river and the walking paths!

Thank Hélène D
Rothiescot, Manager at Loch an Eilein, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

We loved reading how much you and your little one enjoyed your visit - thank you. Hope you can visit again.

Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Parking about £1.50 per adult and has small shop and toilets near car park. Took us three hours to walk round the entire lake with 3 year old, dog and stop for picnic. You could prob walk it in half that without stops etc. Views...More

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

Thank you for this five star review and for the helpful information. Its lovely to hear that your family including the dog enjoyed Loch an Eilein and that you had a picnic. Hope you can return and enjoy Loch an Eilein again.

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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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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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