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Loch an Eilein

| Rothiemurchus Forest, Cairngorms National Park, Aviemore, Scotland
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Beautiful and Tranquil

Approximately three miles of lovely, relatively easy walking on good footpaths enables you to... read more

Reviewed 12 June 2017
Valerie R
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Leicestershire, United Kingdom
Blissful walk around a calm loch

We visited Loch an Eilean on a calm day and decided to walk around portions of it. There are pine... read more

Reviewed 11 June 2017
Anne B
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New York
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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 the Highland cattle raiders as you enjoy views of the dramatic and mysterious Highland castle and enjoy the exceptional wildlife of this forest particularly the Red Squirrels and Scottish Crossbills. You can enjoy some of the best low level walking in Scotland. Sheltered by ancient pine trees with views of the mountains, the path around the loch is suitable for motorised wheel chairs, off road buggies and is part of the Rothiemurchus way marked network of paths.
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“car park” (134 reviews)
“ruined castle” (35 reviews)
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| Rothiemurchus Forest, Cairngorms National Park, Aviemore, Scotland
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Reviewed 12 June 2017

Approximately three miles of lovely, relatively easy walking on good footpaths enables you to circumnavigate this beautiful Loch hidden away in the Rothiemurchus Forest. Some of the walk takes you close to the edge of the Loch whilst in other parts you pass through delightful...More

Thank Valerie R
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Reviewed 11 June 2017 via mobile

We visited Loch an Eilean on a calm day and decided to walk around portions of it. There are pine trees along the bank where you can relax and have lunch along the rocky shoreline. Despite other people being around we found it quite peaceful...More

Thank Anne B
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Reviewed 10 June 2017

As people have said there is a £1.50 pp charge. There's a rocky beach where we saw a couple of families with small children playing and a walk around the loch that took us 1hr 45mins. It has a good path all the way round...More

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Reviewed 9 June 2017

Always love the walk round the loch, dog friendly - but please remember all dogs are not friendly, keep them on a lead - people friendly, toilets and cafe available. Staff are friendly and helpful. Small charge for parking but worth it. Lots of wildlife...More

Thank MrsManiac
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Reviewed 9 June 2017 via mobile

Please don't go during rainy days. The lake view was not nice when its raining and animals are hiding and we seen only slugs. It was a 2 hours walk around with kids around the whole lake and we are tired. The castle in the...More

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Reviewed 8 June 2017 via mobile

We walked around the loch with our 7 year old and couldn't recommend it highly enough! It's a breathtakingly beautiful spot. Walking is fairly easy and paths well signed. Car park has toilet and refreshments facilities and a very helpful and friendly ranger. Take time...More

Thank MoochingAboutToo
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Reviewed 7 June 2017

The hike around the lake takes somewhat over an hour at a medium pace. The views from every point are exceptional. The jewel in the crown is the little island with the ruins of a castle on it. Some brave Scottish girls actually swam out...More

Thank Purkinji
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Reviewed 4 June 2017 via mobile

We came here and had a lovely afternoon stroll around the lake. Takes around an hour and a half if you don't stop for photos like we did. It is absolutely stunning though. Not a hard walk, it is long but there were not many...More

Thank KH2691
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Reviewed 2 June 2017

Every time we are in Aviemore we try to fit in a walk around the loch. It's a wonderful way to spend an hour or so in quiet surroundings with beautiful views. It's an easy walk with only slight inclines and well maintained tracks. Very...More

Thank TallBloke68
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Reviewed 1 June 2017 via mobile

Wonderful surprise to find this superb sandy beach with cafe, toilets and canoeing etc nestling alongside a loch in a stunning location. The sun came out and we could have been anywhere...Switzerland, Scandinavia...yet here we are in Scotland. Loved it. The teenagers ran in and...More

Thank Blue B
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Skip7581
28 March 2018|
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Response from Rothiescot | Property representative |
Thank you for asking before you visit. Lots of parking, the challenge will be the road which is narrow with passing places. Drive carefully and we look forward to your visit.
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teresa1212017
28 July 2017|
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Response from Grumski56 | Reviewed this property |
I'd suggest speaking to Rothiemurchus estate office (they have a page on the web).
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