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Loch an Eilein

| Rothiemurchus Forest, Cairngorms National Park, Aviemore, Scotland
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Accessible walk around the loch.

A protected walk mostly though the pine trees ( some birch and rowan) on a well formed path... read more

Reviewed 3 July 2017
57PT
,
Edinburgh
Lovely walks

Excellent area,great wildlife/ walks etc and the. Small shop near the loch sells lovely ice cream... read more

Reviewed 1 July 2017
JFC53
,
Ivybridge, 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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“car park” (134 reviews)
“ruined castle” (35 reviews)
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| Rothiemurchus Forest, Cairngorms National Park, Aviemore, Scotland
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Reviewed 3 July 2017

A protected walk mostly though the pine trees ( some birch and rowan) on a well formed path - easy walking - mostly flat - no significant hills. Takes a little over an hour ( adult legs) to walk around. One family was cycling. Have...More

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Reviewed 1 July 2017

Excellent area,great wildlife/ walks etc and the. Small shop near the loch sells lovely ice cream, and some art works.

Thank JFC53
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Reviewed 1 July 2017 via mobile

I love this loch it really is just stunning. Pathways are well kept so it's an easy walk round the loch which takes about an hour. There is a little gift shop sells some lovely items and a wee ice lolly for the kids ant...More

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Reviewed 29 June 2017 via mobile

Loch an Eileen Beautiful loch nestling below the Cairngorms and part of the Rothiemurchas Estate. The car park and paths are kept in good order making your visit a delight. It is probably a 4 mile walk round the loch but most of it is...More

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Reviewed 29 June 2017

We walked down to Loch an Eileen after a day of shooting, horseback trekking, and segway riding. It was a very easy and enjoyable walk. We were surprised to see a 13th century castle (ruins) on the island in the Loch! Unfortunately, you cannot access...More

Thank Charles H
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Reviewed 28 June 2017 via mobile

Very enjoyable visit. 2 hours for an elderly unfit couple. Lovely views. Worth a visit when the weather is good

Thank Ajay S
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Reviewed 28 June 2017

We were really looking forward to a walk with our 3 dogs around the Loch and have no issue with paying the £1.50 per person parking charge, however once we had paid the charge to see signs everywhere saying dogs on lead was a disappointment...More

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Reviewed 26 June 2017 via mobile

This is a beautiful lake which has an easy walk around it taking only an hour and a quarter to complete. Lovely and peaceful. Convenient small gallery shop and toilet near the car park too

Thank Susan D
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Reviewed 26 June 2017

This is a beautiful walk at any time of the tear but spectacular in the autumn .There is an old ruined castle in the middle of the loch which is visible for much of the walk .

Thank Ronnie M
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Reviewed 23 June 2017 via mobile

We hadn't planned to going here but we saw a sign for a loch 1 mile off the road so off we went. Glad we did! The loch is in a wonderful setting and lots of photos ops inc some very friendly ducks who will...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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