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“Pleasant easy walk”
Review of Loch an Eilein

Loch an Eilein
Ranked #1 of 48 things to do in Aviemore
Certificate of Excellence
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Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours
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. 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.
Reviewed 3 November 2017

What a lovely setting for a nice easy walk . The paths are wwell maintained. The colours of the leaves on the trees we're quite spectacular.

Thank alybongo100
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Reviewed 3 November 2017

The circular walk around the lake is just lovely, with more varied scenery than one might expect. It's just long enough - about an hour and a half of walking - to feel like you've gotten some good exercise and plenty of fresh air. The trees and foliage and changing views over the water are gorgeous. The path is well maintained. If you only want to see views of the half-sunken castle, turn right down the path when you reach the lake and it's only a short walk along before you get the best views. Don't stick to the wide path when you are nearest the castle - walk down to the shore where there is a narrower path that gives the best views.

1  Thank fiona07
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Reviewed 1 November 2017

Stunning walk a round the loch we always head for here as it sums up the highlands perfectly for a refreshing good lung full of Scottish air

1  Thank mcgregor d
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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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