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Loch an Eilein

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Aviemore, Scotland
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Red squirrel

As we approached the shop from the car park, a cheeky red squirrel was on the feeder outside. It... read more

Reviewed yesterday
Newark-on-Trent, United Kingdom
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Not to be missed beauty spot

This a location I visit every year when I return to the Aviemore area. Nice walk from Coylumbridge... read more

Reviewed 4 days ago
Bob S
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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 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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  • Average3%
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“lovely walk” (87 reviews)
“ruined castle” (35 reviews)
“car park” (118 reviews)
Aviemore, Scotland
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Reviewed yesterday via mobile

As we approached the shop from the car park, a cheeky red squirrel was on the feeder outside. It was beautiful and made my holiday. The lady in the shop was really friendly and talked to me about several items and the squirrel We only...More

Thank 580422Carol
Reviewed 4 days ago via mobile

This a location I visit every year when I return to the Aviemore area. Nice walk from Coylumbridge or short drive. The walk around the lake never fails to impress and offer photo opportunities.

Thank Bob S
Reviewed 5 days ago via mobile

A lovely way to spend the afternoon, walking around the Loch and enjoying the scenery. Lovely little gift shop and a reasonable sized car park.

Thank Mark B
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

The approach to the car park is the usual single track road with passing places so be aware. There was a charge of £1.50 per person to park in a car - not vehicle which is different than most other places - and I think...More

Thank Holidaytink
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Went here on a typical wet, cold and grey day. Had a wonderful walk around the lake, taking the extended walk around the feeder lake. It was a bit muddy in places so you need good boots to do the extension. We did not mind...More

Thank Clare G
Reviewed 1 week ago

Great circular walk. Plenty of parking. Lovely views with small shop and toilets. Great for dog walkers and picnic.

Thank Robert P
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Truly enjoyed our visit to the loch, plenty of trails and tracks around here to get lost on, very scenic and tranquil and the tracks we walked on were family friendly, there's plenty of parking with a little charge per car but I wouldn't let...More

Thank David K
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Always love Loch an Eilein. Either for a bike ride or a walk, it’s a really, stunningly beautiful, serene, place that fills your heart with love for nature and Scotland. There is a car park and a very small shop that sells ice creams and...More

Thank GypsyB43
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

A very relaxed bar with great local beers brewed in the mountains. What more can we say it's just a really relaxed place to chill out with friends and chat. No loud music to compete with. Good fun.

Thank Cruicksontour
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Visited this loch several times, brilliant for walking the dog and picnics. Beautiful scenery well worth a visit.

Thank Joanna P
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28 July 2017|
Response from Grumski56 | Reviewed this property |
I'd suggest speaking to Rothiemurchus estate office (they have a page on the web).
Fiona M
3 July 2017|
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Response from stewart162 | Reviewed this property |
I think so. Check with rothiemurcus estate.