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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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Beautiful spot - go!!

Stunning place offering lovely wooded walks and just a breathtaking view. only a 5 minute drive from Aviemore with parking so go.

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 1 week ago
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Stunning place offering lovely wooded walks and just a breathtaking view. only a 5 minute drive from Aviemore with parking so go.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

For us seeing Red Squirrels in the wild for the first time made Loch Eilein just perfect. A peaceful walk around made it. Would recommend a visit and do take a picnic.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We had a lovely family walk and a picnic at Loch an Eilein. The walk took a couple of hours at a leisurely pace. The children loved it. The loch with its pretty ruined castle is an added bonus. The visitor centre and gift shop also has toilets. Ample parking space. Well worth a visit.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

With a Mountain backdrop and forest surrounding this makes a nice 2 hour walk with pleasant views. Well worth a visit if near Aviemore.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Nice way to spend and afternoon, the beauty of Scottland is always near. easy walking. could use a midway restroom. The wee castle really lets your imagination understand the living circomstances.. Fun

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Glasgow, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

My Wife and I visited here in September for a walk around the Loch. The walk itself is easy enough going, which took approx and hour and a half. There is plenty to see including a Castle on an island, Forest and scenic surrounding hills. I would definitely recommend.

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Gloucester, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Breathtaking scenery beautiful views and the most important part of our holiday. Something very special makes us return time and again.

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Darlington, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

A place to visit in the Aviemore area, beautiful vista. Should not be missed on any visit to the area

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Oxford, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Easy to find from Aviemore (about 8 mins in car) and good parking. Walk well marked with stunning views of the loch and surrounding hills. Good for dogs. If you like walking, you'll love it.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

I'm not sure I'm articulate enough to convey the beauty of this magical place! There are so many ways to pass the time here. We visited with our (just) 8 year old daughter and walked right around the Loch. The paths are well maintained and easy to follow. Lots of opportunities on the way to climb trees, explore, play hide... More 

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