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Loch an Eilein

| Rothiemurchus Forest, Cairngorms National Park, Aviemore, Scotland
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Stunning

Had a stroll round the Loch accompanied by two dogs. Scenery is absolutely stunning whether it be... read more

Reviewed 2 days ago
hilarybt
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Crewe, United Kingdom
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Beautiful spot

My 7 year old son and I cycled here several times over the past week. It's a beautiful and peaceful... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
DadofVin
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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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  • Average3%
  • Poor1%
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“lovely walk” (89 reviews)
“car park” (134 reviews)
“ruined castle” (35 reviews)
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| Rothiemurchus Forest, Cairngorms National Park, Aviemore, Scotland
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Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

Had a stroll round the Loch accompanied by two dogs. Scenery is absolutely stunning whether it be the Loch or the surrounding forest. It took us 1.5 hours strolling round and there are no hills and no difficult walking. Well worth a walk round

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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

My 7 year old son and I cycled here several times over the past week. It's a beautiful and peaceful spot, but we were blessed by excellent weather which certainly helped. Nice to be able to have an ice cream when we stopped too. It...More

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

Thank you for taking the time to write this lovely review. We're very pleased you enjoyed your visits - the weather does help, however, Loch an Eilein is stunning whatever the weather. There are lovely off road bike rides in the area - do hope...More

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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Lovely day for a walk with the two dogs, met at the car park by a lovely friendly and helpful gentleman who gave us a leaflet whilst collecting our money for parking. Well maintained paths and beautiful views throughout, definitely worth a visit

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

We're delighted you enjoyed your visit. Thank you for helping care for Loch an Eilein by paying to park and for writing this lovely review. Do hope you can return soon.

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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

We went walking around the Loch. There are wonderful views of the mountains and the castle which give an excellent opportunity to be creative with your photographs using reflections.

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

We are delighted you enjoyed your visit, thank you for your lovely review. Loch an Eilein is brilliant place to photograph - whatever the weather or time of year. Hope you can visit again soon.

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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We really loved the Loch, we visited on several occasions to both walk and cycle around the Loch. The trail is nice and wide, and is mostly flat with fantastic views. We spotted plenty of bird life in the area. There are other trails on...More

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

It was good of you to write this review - thank you. We're so pleased you enjoyed your visits and particularly pleased you saw lots of birds. Thank you for helping care for Loch an Eilein and hope you can enjoy Rothiemurchus again soon.

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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

My wife and I really enjoyed walking around the Loch. It's not a strenuous walk but allow a good two hours giving plenty of time for stops to take in the wonderful views and wildlife. The pathways are well maintained and easy to follow and...More

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

We appreciate you taking the time to write this very helpful review - thank you. We are very grateful to everyone for helping to care for this stunning and exceptional area for wildlife by paying to park, taking their litter home and staying on the...More

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Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Beautiful relaxing walk around the lake, a frequent walk for me with an enjoyable visit to the little shop at the end, great for dog walking

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

It was kind of you to write this lovely review - thank you. We're delighted you enjoy your visits to Loch an Eilein, thank you for helping care for it and we hope you can return soon.

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Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Perfect short walk around loch. Some slightly better signage would be good but paths in good condition and very suitable for dogs.More

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Rothiescot, General Manager at Loch an Eilein, responded to this reviewResponded 4 weeks ago

Thank you for this helpful review, so glad you enjoyed your walk. We are trying to enable Loch an Eilein to have feeling of wildness, so we are looking to minimise signs. As part of this we offer a map of the walks to those...More

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Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

A great 4 mile walk around the loch with my mum and dog. Paths well kept,and lovely views along the way. More dog poop bins would be good though,the only one we found was near the car park!More

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Rothiescot, General Manager at Loch an Eilein, responded to this reviewResponded 4 weeks ago

This is a very helpful review - thank you. We're delighted you enjoyed your walk, thank you for putting your poo bag in the bin at the fenced 'off lead' area near the car park; we are looking how we can make this a much...More

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Reviewed 17 March 2018 via mobile

Lovely place to walk and great for scenery. Kids, dogs, families, couples, solo walkers. The walk round the circumference of Loch an Eilein takes about an hour.

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Rothiescot, Manager at Loch an Eilein, responded to this reviewResponded 19 March 2018

Thank you for taking the time to write this lovely, helpful review - hope you can return soon.

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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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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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