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“Very nice and relaxing area”
Review of Loch an Eilein

Loch an Eilein
Ranked #1 of 46 things to do in Aviemore
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Owner description: 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 as part of the celebrations to highlight the 10th anniversary of Warburtons National Bread Week which took place in May 2010 - a big thank you to everyone who voted. 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 the forest including 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 round the loch is suitable for motorised wheel chairs, off road buggies and is part of the 50km Rothiemurchus way marked network of paths.
Reviewed 30 October 2017

We had only one day to have a quick look around in the area of Cairngorm National Park. One of the places we selected was this lake and it was a good choice. If you go to the proper parking area close to the lake, then one has to pay entrance fee. However this is worth it. The lake is beautiful and one has a nice view on the castle ruins on the little island.

Thank RaymondWooninck
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Reviewed 30 October 2017

We parked in the car park (£1.50 per person) and had a wonderful walk round the Loch. Took about an hour and a half to walk round but there is a proper path. Delightful scenery. There is a small bulding to get coffees etc afterwards - they also sell local handicraft. Well worth visiting this beautiful loch.

Thank Nibbs007
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Reviewed 29 October 2017

As a person who cycles about 3times a year - I was thoroughly relieved how easy the cycle was. All on pathways (a little muddy in areas), not too hard.
It took us 2ish hours to do the cycle down, around the Loch and back.
The dog loved it and everyone who we bypassed walking were friendly and in good spirits.
Stopped at a few locations for the dog to have a drink and admire the scenery. The colours were lovely and the wildlife (red squirrels) were abundant.
The kids and the adults were happy to splash at the entrance of the Loch (by the car park) and wash their bikes.

Thank Foodfriend100
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Reviewed 28 October 2017

Loch an Eilein is an extremely beautiful lake, with reflections of the pines of Rothiemurchus Forest in which it lies and a ruined island castle - making this one of the most popular walks in Scotland. After leaving our car at the park (we paid £1.5 per person as parking charge, which seemed steep but proceeds go towards preserving the estate and its wildlife) and dropped by the visitor centre to receive instructions and a small map. With limited time we didn't walk around the entire lake (would take about 90 mins) but retraced back after hitting the castle.

Thank Anuj_Mithani
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Reviewed 28 October 2017

This is a nice walk. About 1-1/12 hour long. A bit muddy in places but not too bad. Some of the walk takes you away from the loch but this is actually nice when you see bits of it peering through the trees. The castle in the middle of the water was an added delight to see.

Thank Lynsay M
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