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Loch an Eilein

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Address: Aviemore, Scotland
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Hidden in the forest of Rothiemurchus, this beautiful place is one of the...

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.

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Always a treat to return to Loch an Eilein. Beautiful walk about 6K. Fabulous scenery. We saw a capercaillie several years ago very close to the path! Please become a friend of... read more

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Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

Always a treat to return to Loch an Eilein. Beautiful walk about 6K. Fabulous scenery. We saw a capercaillie several years ago very close to the path! Please become a friend of rothiemurcus! Only £15 per year

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Bournemouth, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

Arrived at the car park for Loch an Eilein at about 4pm and was disappointed we had to pay £1.50 per person to park - felt like it might have been better to charge per car or for how long you want to spend there as we didn't feel we would have enough time there to warrant the cost, did... More 

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Dubai, United Arab Emirates
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Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

Totally serene and worth a visit. A walk around the loch is recommended. Not much to do other than this, you can also cycle but it is close enough to Aviemore to walk to and then get back into town.

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Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

Fantastic area for walking in glorious countryside. Reasonable entrance fee.Well signposted and amazing little information centre.

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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Nice walk around the lake with beautiful views and different landscapes/vegetation . Walk takes about 2 hours

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Bridgend, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 1 week ago

Always a favourite spot for a relaxing loch walk. Manned car park at the head of the Loch. Superb views throughout this approx 2 mile walk, which can be extended to cover the adjoining Loch if you wish... Even quieter and more beautiful in our opinion. Avoid during July and August if you want to miss the Midges, otherwise, take... More 

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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Beautiful surroundings, great that can walk right round the loch. Friendly parking Ranger explained where to see what birds. Good selection of art work etc. Clean facilities, big picnic area. Not far from true wild. Shop really pricey and paid parking but you are contributing to upkeep. Recommended for great nature without much effort.

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Thank Bill D
Edinburgh, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Lovely walk round loch and the island is very interesting in middle. Need good walking shoes as the path is rough in bits. Not hill climbing involved.

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Paisley, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

A lovely walk or cycle for all ages. A piece of the ancient Caledonian forest with good paths around the Loch. If you can, take in Loch Ghamna, which is not so busy, though on rougher paths.

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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We wandered steadily around this pretty big loch and had a thoroughly enjoyable time. Birds were singing and the path was good. We saw several other groups of walkers but had plenty of time alone to enjoy the ambiance of the place

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