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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 Walk

We enjoyed a 1.5 hour stroll around this beautiful loch on a drizzly Sunday afternoon in July. It's a great place for walkers, hikers, bikers and dogs! There's a good size car... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 17 July 2016
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Binfield, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 July 2016

We enjoyed a 1.5 hour stroll around this beautiful loch on a drizzly Sunday afternoon in July. It's a great place for walkers, hikers, bikers and dogs! There's a good size car park and a small gift shop with a small but welcome choice of refreshments to revive you post walk. Loos too. Nice place.

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Cowdenbeath
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 July 2016 via mobile

Fantastic day out, plenty of wildlife to see, did a 6 mile walk round the loch with our kids. Plenty of great picnic areas all the way round. Good , reasonable terrain, quite flat although could be muddy if raining, good walking shoes required. Excellent for bikers. Plenty of parking, £3 for the day , which included map of walks... More 

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Watford, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 July 2016 via mobile

We had a great walk around the loch , took us just over one hour . We put our name in the tree near the end :) you have to pay to park the car per adult but it helps with the local tourist industry and for us £3 is nothing . Great to have a walk on the highlands... More 

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Moray, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 July 2016

This Loch is located with a small campsite that is often used by small youth groups such as DofE, Cadets and Scouts all across Scotland. Having stayed here five times I am fully aware of the elements and beautiful of this site. The Loch provides a fantastic seating area with a bench right on the waterfont with views straight into... More 

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Thank Matthew D
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 July 2016 via mobile

Went here for a walk around Loch an Eilein ! Took around 3,5hrs to walk from Aviemore and back ! Was a beautiful day and the paths well marked and used . Not over difficult . Is a car park at Loch an Eilein

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 July 2016 via mobile

Lovely place to visit, which can be easily walked or cycled round (there is a good path the whole way). Stunning views all the way round. Very friendly (greedy?) ducks which are good fun for the kids to feed. A beautiful place in a beautiful area.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 July 2016

It was a lovely walk around the loch. It took us about 2 hours with stops to enjoy the scenery. It could be done in closer to an hour at a brisk pace. We started off walking close to the shore where it was rocky and lots of roots, but then moved to the level path, which I think goes... More 

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London, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 July 2016

Beautiful place, great paths, wheelchair friendly paths plus other paths amongst the trees. Grab a coffee or hot chocolate ( or other drinks) at the gallery and sit and drink in the great views too! Walk anti clockwise if you want a great view of the island castle and not walking all the way round.

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Bristol, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 July 2016

This was a lovely place to visit. We paid the visitor centre a visit before we cycled around. one of the ladies in there told us about the castle in the middle that you can shout at and hear your echo. The paths around the loch are very rocky and covered in tree roots. Certainly not suitable for wheelchair users.... More 

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Forfar, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 July 2016

Lovely peaceful walk summer or winter for family or older walkers good surfaced path all round shop and toilets next to car park.

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