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Loch an Eilein

| Rothiemurchus Forest, Cairngorms National Park, Aviemore, Scotland
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Pretty average

I walked the trail around the loch but found it to be pretty bland - there's so much tree cover... read more

Reviewed 3 days ago
Dean C
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London, United Kingdom
Stunning

Stunning walk we do with each visit to the area, brilliant for dog walkers, mostly flat and just a... read more

Reviewed 3 days ago
MrsE E
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Somerset, United Kingdom
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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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| Rothiemurchus Forest, Cairngorms National Park, Aviemore, Scotland
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Reviewed 3 days ago

I walked the trail around the loch but found it to be pretty bland - there's so much tree cover that there aren't many points where you get a clear view of the loch from the trail. I didn't encounter much bird life on the...More

Thank Dean C
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Rothiescot, General Manager at Loch an Eilein, responded to this reviewResponded 2 days ago

We're very sorry the path round Loch an Eilein wasn't what you expected. Thank you for letting us know - we try to make very clear in everything we write and say, for example the location is 'Rothiemurchus Forest', that one of its unique attractions...More

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Reviewed 3 days ago

Stunning walk we do with each visit to the area, brilliant for dog walkers, mostly flat and just a couple of miles so a nice easy walk with plenty of views. Take water and a picnic! Ample, cheap parking.More

Thank MrsE E
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Rothiescot, General Manager at Loch an Eilein, responded to this reviewResponded 2 days ago

What a great review - thank you and thank you for helping to care for Loch an Eilein by paying to park. You can buy water, hot and cold drinks and refreshments including ice creams in the Visitor Centre which is open April to end...More

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Reviewed 1 week ago

Beautiful walk around Loch and Eilein. The additional loop around Loch Gamhna is also lovely, but the path is not maintained, so be prepared to go bog-snorkelling!More

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Rothiescot, General Manager at Loch an Eilein, responded to this reviewResponded 2 days ago

Thank you for this helpful review - very glad you enjoyed your walk. Its been so dry you shouldn't have needed to bog- snorkell round Loch Gamhna but take your point. Hopefully you found the main path well maintained and easy to walk. Hope you...More

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Reviewed 1 week ago

Lots of fantastic walks around the estate along well maintained paths. The path around Loch an Eilein is pretty straightforward, well worth a stroll around, not too much variation in height you certainly won't get lost, just stick to the Lochside!More

Thank Barry C
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Rothiescot, General Manager at Loch an Eilein, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Thank you for taking time to write this helpful review of the network of paths which enables enjoyment of this special area for conservation without disturbance to habitat for the wildlife. Walking through ancient pines with the island castle mirrored in the water and glimpses...More

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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Second visit to the cairngorms in the last 2 months as we've just fell in love with the area Visited Loch an Eilein hoping to see some crested tits but eventhough we didn't see them it didn't matter as loch an eilein is such a...More

Thank Lesley A
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Rothiescot, General Manager at Loch an Eilein, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

We agree, it is a magical place and thank you for this lovely review. We are delighted you love Loch an Eilein. Sorry, you didn't see a Crested Tit, they are easier to see during the winter months as they look for food lower down....More

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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This is our favourite place in the whole world! The loch is beautiful nestling at the foot of the wonderful Cairngorm mountains. It is an easy but lovely walk round the loch and there are amazing opportunities for longer walks or mountain biking. It is...More

Thank Gordon S
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Rothiescot, General Manager at Loch an Eilein, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

We are so pleased that Loch an Eilein is such a special place for you - thank you for taking time to tell us and for this wonderful review. The team make sure that it is always stunning can be enjoyed by everyone, keeps the...More

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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Beautiful part of the world and always different aspects depending what time of year you visit truly stunning

Thank Justin M
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Rothiescot, Manager at Loch an Eilein, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

Thank you for writing this great review of Your visit to Loch an Eilein. We hope you can return soon.

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Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

We visited Loch an Eilein with our two young children, five and two. If your kids are older and have plenty of strength in their legs they will easily walk around the loch. However our wee ones we were only able to make it about...More

Thank Robbie R
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Rothiescot, General Manager at Loch an Eilein, responded to this reviewResponded 3 weeks ago

We so enjoyed reading your brilliant description of your family's visit to Loch an Eilein, thank you for taking the time to write it and this helpful, entertaining review. We love families with small children enjoying this special place and hope you can return soon...More

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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We had a gorgeous peaceful walk around Loch an Eilein - the area is stunning, well kept and quiet, allowing you to really stop and admire the beauty without feeling like you're holding anyone up. The walk was quite easy so if you're not looking...More

Thank Tania M
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Rothiescot, General Manager at Loch an Eilein, responded to this reviewResponded 3 weeks ago

Loved reading this review - its really interesting for us to understand how visitors enjoy this magical place, thank you. We hope you can return - its special whatever the season or weather.

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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

A lovely walk around the loch with the dog, no steep parts, lovely scenery took about an hour. Gift shop and toilets near car parkMore

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

We are delighted you enjoyed your visit to Loch an Eilein, Rothiemurchus. Thank you for this lovely review and for helping to care for this home to rare wildlife and people who have lived and worked here for thousands of years. All the income is...More

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compton49er
16 May 2018|
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Response from Rothiescot | Property representative |
Thank you for asking - it takes about 11/2 just to walk round the Loch - without any stops. The attendant arrives between 8.45 and 9.00 but you can pay for parking when you return to the car or as you leave. Sorry not to... More
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Samuel_WestY0rkshire
13 May 2018|
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Response from Rothiescot | Property representative |
Thank you, we appreciate you asking; Rothiemurchus Rangers are here to help you enjoy this amazing place. Much of the area around Loch an Eilein as well as the loch is within a special area for conservation - Natura 2000... More
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Nicki M
2 May 2018|
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Response from Kevin H | Reviewed this property |
Hi, Sorry but I have no idea to be honest.
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